No one knows more than event people how precious a 3-day weekend can be.
That extra day without client calls or team meetings can mean the world. Even more so when it comes at the height of the planning schedule.
Of course not everyone in events gets to enjoy the break. Many will be working on community events or other seasonal festivals.
But for those who can take advantage of a 3-day break? They know how to maximize the benefits.
Just as with everything they manage, successful event people plan their time off. They know that it’s far too easy to let the long weekend fly by without truly feeling the benefit.
So whether they are looking for some extra rest or hoping to wrangle the to-do list to the ground, here are 12 things successful event people do before and during a long weekend.
If they want to truly take some down time and avoid working at all on the long weekend, they start early or stay late in the days ahead to finish up work that they might normally tackle on a weekend. Most importantly they take care of pressing tasks that would nag at them if not complete. They tidy their workspace before they leave the office. They know a clear mind is one that can rest and re-energize.
This provides significant relief from the constant mental review of pending tasks. They know that if they pre-plan what needs to be done on the first day back, they can walk away from work already prepared to jump back in after a 3-day break.
Left to chance the time off could slip away without having done anything they were hoping. They call for a spa appointment, buy movie tickets, schedule activities with the kids, make dinner reservations or otherwise actually plan time for anything they want to do. They recognize this will help provide the break they are looking for.
Sometimes taking the entire long weekend off is impossible due to schedules. The advantage of getting a little extra work done without typical daily interruptions can be very appealing. If that’s the case successful event people schedule their work time so it doesn’t spill over into all three days. Doing a little here and a little there can result in a feeling of no time off at all. They set aside and plan one full day or part of a day so they have the rest of the time free.
A 3-day break is the perfect time to turn off work and focus on the ones they love. They know that extra time with the most important people in their lives can be very grounding.
This can be the most important way to clear their head and refresh. The benefit of time without devices provides a mental break that is hard to match. They unplug for a day for a few hours or even the entire weekend.
They know that the extra day can be the perfect time to get those nagging chores out of the way - the ones that there never seems to be time for. With still two other days, even if one entire day is spent getting the home to-do list cleared up, it’s worth the peace of mind when the busy work schedule kicks in.
The planning doesn’t stop with booking appointments and outings. They also plan for true down time. They know that the best way to feel refreshed is to include some quiet or unscheduled time. Even time alone. Otherwise the entire weekend could become hectic with activities leaving them overtired rather than relaxed.
When the mind is at rest and gets freed up from the day-to-day grind they will likely have ideas or solutions pop up. Or they’ll remember something they meant to do. Rather than getting caught up in the details or continually reminding themselves all weekend they make a quick note so they won’t forget and get on with enjoying the down time.
Fresh air and sunshine can go a long way to recharging the batteries. It’s a great antidote for all the time spent in the office and on-site in stuffy meeting and convention facilities. Whether it’s biking with the kids, morning coffee on the patio or just a long walk, fresh air is a rejuvenating force.
Getting away for the entire long weekend isn’t always possible or even desirable. Instead they opt for a quick trip just an hour or two away which can be an excellent mental break without the fuss of planning for a longer get-away. Even a day long driving trip to enjoy lunch in a nearby town can be beneficial.
The relentless day-to-day workload can be draining and can easily overshadow enthusiasm for the things they love. They find time to have some fun and engage in activities that fuel their creative spirit. They know that purposeful attention to keeping their passions alive is critical to success.
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.
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