In the lead-up to Christmas the event industry is absolutely bursting with an abundance of end of year events. Although our staff & particularly our facilitators work hard all year round, Christmas time is particularly demanding with some weeks averaging several events each & every day. With the light of the Christmas break just at the end of the tunnel, this busy time has us reflecting on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance in such a demanding time. See below for our top tips:
When you hear the term ‘work-life balance’ you may envision a super productive day at work that allows you to leave on-time (or early) to spend with friends, family or on a hobby. While this may seem like the perfect balance, it is not always possible.
Don’t strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one! Some days you may find yourself more focused on work, while others you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
We wouldn’t necessarily agree 100% with the sentiment of finding a job you love so much you’d do it for free. However, we do agree that work shouldn’t just be a way to make money; it should serve both your bank account and your passion. Simply put, if you hate what you do you aren’t going to be very happy at the end of the day. Although there will always be aspects of every job that you’re not particularly fond of, find a job that keeps you challenged, engaged & motivated to succeed.
Technology has done so much for how quick & efficiently we complete a myriad of tasks related to work. However, it has also created the expectation that we are constantly accessible – the work day never really ends! This is why we need to set boundaries for ourselves & our colleagues, to avoid over working & burnout. When you leave the office, turn off your phone & your work email notifications. Ensure time spent with your family is quality time & not interrupted by the stress of an email from work. Most importantly, learn to say ‘no’ OR learn to be OK with ‘it can wait until tomorrow’.
Set goals & priorities
Successful people are always driven by their vision for the future. Setting clear & achievable goals – for both your career & your personal life – helps keep you on course & motivated for the future. Goal setting also gives you the best chance to transform how you work & live. Think about what tasks are more important for achieving a healthy work-life balance and prioritise them. Setting both short & long-term goals helps you move forward with momentum and feel a sense of accomplishment & purpose each day.