Many of us who manage events know what a 20 hour day looks like, occasionally back to back. We are wired to deliver, no matter what the circumstance. If the client has a last minute add on or needs a venue, weather or tenting decide not to cooperate, it is our job to fix it. The show must go on. And we are happy to do it with a smile on our faces so the client doesn’t have any concern.
In this type of environment, it is easy to forget about yourself. We eat poorly. We don’t sleep well or live by my personal saying of “Night time is just a series of one hour naps. There is no sleeping through. We work long days in hot weather, cold weather, rain, snow, sleet. We are in the service industry so we just get it done.
Over time, this can take a toll and in some cases our body just shuts down. Stress is a real factor when you worry that the job will not get done or not done right.
Below are a few tips to help you maintain your need to serve:
- Take time for yourself. Missing one event is not going to make the world stop. Find some time each quarter to shut down, take a day and relax.
- Eat better. Pack yourself a lunch (or 2) each day with healthy foods. Set a time each day to sit down for 15-20 mins and just eat. Don’t eat on the run, in the truck, late at night… A conscience effort to eat at a regular time keeps you from eating whatever is there whenever you can.
- Set some limits. Plan your week so that you do not work multiple 20 hours days. Try to stagger those long days and follow each one with a light day.
- Delegate and trust. You have built a good team. Let them pull some weight. Trust that they will get the job done. Don’t try to do it all yourself.
- Don’t sleep with your phone. Make a commitment to yourself not to check emails after 9pm (or 7pm). It may take a while to ‘train others’ that you will get back to them in the morning but you may be surprised that they actually enjoy the break as well.
- Reflect: take a moment or two to go outside. Look around. Take in the scene around you. Meditate if you want. ‘Smell the roses’. We are often in some great cities, venues…etc and it’s easy to ‘miss the bliss’ that surrounds you.
It is true what they say. If you don’t take care of you, nobody will. Take some time to take care of you.