For many New York event planners, the coming months will bring hectic schedules and holiday party planning stresses. While you spend the next few weeks getting organized and preparing for the busy season, you’ll want to also pencil in some time for yourself. Work-life balance matters, especially for those who are leaders in one of the most stressful industries. And you’ll deliver your best New York event experiences when you’re balanced and on top of your game. Here are a few insights for maintaining your sanity during your peak planning season and tips for avoiding unnecessary stress.
1. Schedule Time to Unplug
Emails, texts, and calls will be your lifeline to clients and vendors at a much higher frequency during your busy months. And you’ll feel glued to them at all hours to stay on top of every event planning detail. But too much screen time and constant refreshing can wear you down. Avoid the added stress of 24/7 availability by scheduling time to unplug. Mark yourself unavailable at designated intervals and step away, even if it’s only for 30 minutes or an hour at a time. Keep a day of the week to yourself, too, if you can swing it. And be mindful during those unplug times to do something relaxing or enjoyable.
2. Prioritize Family Time
During peak event planning months, like December, chock-full of holiday parties and corporate celebrations, you’ll be spending more time away from home. You’ll, of course, need to be attentive to your clients and their event schedules. But don’t forget to plan ahead for time you can devote at home. Prioritize a little family time and schedule those days and times now on your calendar. Your loved ones will want to see you around the holidays, too. Making and keeping a schedule now will allow you to ensure you have enough time to both manage your clients and enjoy some home time.
3. Get Social & Unwind
Not all work has to be stressful or demanding. If you need a break from the hectic task management, non-stop calls, and event management duties, look for some fun and social events to attend. Networking events and social outings are always happening in New York City, perfect for unwinding, meeting new people, and forming new partnerships. In a way, you could still be “working” without the stresses of actual work!
4. Breathers Throughout the Day
Many veteran event planners will tell you the key to a healthy work-life balance lies in routine. And you can explore scheduling breathers or self-preservation activities throughout the day to regain focus, recharge, and reset. Maybe you prefer a quick run in the morning or need a mid-afternoon walk to your favorite coffee shop. Whatever breather or break works for you, pencil in some regular intervals to take them.
5. Get Your Event Planner Expo 2022 Tickets
While you’re planning ahead for the upcoming events, don’t forget to get your tickets for The Event Planner Expo 2022 this October. It’s New York’s biggest event planner conference of the year and promises to be even more exciting. Celebrating 10 years, this year’s Expo is packed with industry leaders, top influencers, and incredible brands! Schedule three full days of networking and learning on your calendar this October. It’ll be work that won’t feel like work and will provide just the break you need to regain momentum and finish the year out strong, too.
Before your event planning schedule gets overwhelmed, consider these insights for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. And get your tickets now to The Event Planner Expo 2022 so you don’t miss the most revolutionary events industry conference of the year!