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Work – Life Balance During The Busy Event Season

The phrase work-life balance is a difficult one because no matter how hard we try, one always seems to win over the other. This is especially the case during the busy season, when you usually find your work winning out no matter what. Despite that, it is essential to take time for yourself and your family so that you don’t feel burnt out when you are at the office.

There is no right or wrong way to balance, it’s different for everyone. Especially since event professionals’ schedules are continually changing from late nights that often turn into early mornings, and weekends filled with back-to-back events.

So how does one find that great balance?

“For me, work/life balance is all about time management,” explains Kevin Dennis of Wedding IQ and NACE Experience speaker. “So anything that helps me streamline and save time at work so that I can maximize my time at home with family is key. Using certain apps and programs are a big part of that, from Doodle which helps with appointment scheduling to Dropbox which keeps all of our files organized and quickly accessible.”

While technology certainly plays a role with keeping us connected, the good news is that apps are being introduced into the market every day to ensure you work smarter and not harder.

Bill Tzizk from Classic Photographers adds, “Trying to stay organized during the busy season feels impossible, but using lists, GoogleDrive, the workplace app, and Slack has helped keep me organized. Placing our ideas in specific folders on GoogleDrive and communicating with colleagues through Slack really helps keep these thoughts in order!”

Sometimes your to-do list for work can get to the point where you need to delegate and ask for help. It is a hard thing for some people to do but if you have a team in place that knows what signs to look for when you get overwhelmed, they can step in when needed.

“I think I have a good strategy with my team. They help take some of the pressure off and complete the tasks that are more time consuming, so that I can focus on the more important things such as budgets and design plans, etc.” shares Emily Sullivan of Emily Sullivan Events.

Also, do not forget that your team will feel the burden of the busy season as well, so remember to treat them. Heather Jones from Wente Vineyards explains, “Recently after a very stressful week I brought in a bottle of sparkling wine. I did not tell the team what I was doing they just heard the bottle open and all got excited. Just taking that 30 minutes toward the end of the day to have everyone enjoy a glass of sparkling wine brought back energy to the office, and the next day that energy carried over.”

Bear in mind that you too need to be mindful of self-care throughout the season.

“I make dates with myself and schedule them in the diary,” explains Kylie Carlson of The International Weddings and Event Academy. “I am quite happy to switch off my emails and social media if I need some time out to take the dog for a walk and clear my head. I am so much more switched on once I have done this.”

If your life is still feeling too busy and you do not have enough hours in the day, it might mean it’s time to say no. Whether that is for social engagements or even to a potential event, it is okay to say no.

“If it’s, busy seasons I tend to accept less social invitations including networking so that I maintain the things that are a necessity and don’t feel overwhelmed,” shares Sullivan.

In the end, you have to find the balance based on what makes you happy. By implementing some of the above tried and true tips, you’re well on your way.

Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding PR and wedding marketing firm OFD Consulting. Ely is a sought-after speaker, adjunct professor in the field of public relations, and a self-professed royal wedding enthusiast.

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Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding PR and wedding marketing firm OFD Consulting. Ely is a sought-after speaker, adjunct professor in the field of public relations, and a self-professed royal wedding enthusiast.

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