Work-Life Balance in the Event Industry
“How do you balance your personal and professional lives?” We get the question all the time. To be completely transparent, it’s not a simple answer because everyone balances things differently. That’s why we asked a few people around the office to clue us in on some of their work-life balance tips. While all different, each practice works for each person.
You may have heard this first recommendation before, and that’s because we have been harping on it for years: rely on those around you. We know the event industry can be demanding at times, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have friends and family who understand and accept our career choices. If you’re struggling to balance your personal and professional life, Cindy recommends you sit down with one of your close confidants, and/or your partner, and have an honest conversation to see what areas make sense to delegate and which areas to take on yourself. A typical Type-A event/meeting planner is going to want to control everything but a happy event/meeting planner is going to recognize when to let go and delegate – we know, easier said than done but you’ll thank yourself once you start doing this effectively.
Our second suggestion comes from Amanda, a program manager. We know that scheduling our days ahead of time is not always possible in our field, and that can make work-life balance feel off-kilter. When last minute programs pop up, your adrenaline kicks into high gear and you make it happen. Afterwards, Amanda recommends you return to center by taking care of and treating yourself. Whether that’s a movie night, or a spa service, you know best how to recharge. Trust your instincts and allow yourself to relax.
There’s one more thing that we’re still learning how to get right: being disconnected while on PTO. It’s so tempting to keep your phone on loud, and check in on emails every hour, but vacation should be just that. Program Manager Shelby says that taking a vacation is an important part of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. As long as your clients and vendors know ahead of time when you will be out of pocket, and someone in your office is your acting back-up to put out any potential fires, take those few vacation days and disconnect. Your mind will thank you, and you will come back to the office feeling refreshed and ready to go. A side note from our owner Cindy – if you know you’re the type that doesn’t like to be out of the loop for too long, then allow yourself to check in while on vacation, but recognize that others that are on PTO don’t have to check in. It’s all about finding what works for you.
So, there isn’t a hard and fast answer on how to properly maintain a work-life balance. The truth is, it’s all about perspective and yourself personally. Do you have any tried and true methods? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.