You don’t need us to tell you how stressful it is to be a meeting planner! Your job is nothing like a 9-5; long hours, frequent travel, and an inbox bursting with last minute changes demanding your immediate attention. When taking care of client’s needs and juggling your hectic to-do list, it’s no wonder self-care falls to the bottom of your to do list. You might not realize it, but the more accomplished you are at your job, the more you risk burnout. Fortune magazine describes burnout as a physically and mentally fatiguing condition that robs you of your health, joy, and sense of success. Burnout puts your mental and physical health at risk for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, depression, exhaustion, and chronic pain. These three small changes to your daily routine can make the difference between burnout and brilliance in your everyday life.
BREAK IT UP
Time management experts agree: breaking your work up increases your overall productivity. Try using the Pomodoro Technique: use a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. The idea is that frequent breaks improve mental agility. For example, instead of tackling emails and voice mail as they arrive, set aside 25 minutes in the morning and 25 minutes after lunch, and 25 minutes later in the day to return calls and emails. Break up work according to your energy levels; complete tasks that require your focus and energy mid-morning and more routine tasks after lunch when your energy is lower.
GIVE IT AWAY
It might be time to give up your favorite motto “If you want it done right, better do it yourself” and put some trust in your coworkers. Even the newest employee can use a template you create to create signage, send generic emails, and gather information. Not only will this empower them in their position, but you will relieve some of your stress and have more time to focus on important details.
If you’re one of those people that think longer hours in the office equals more productivity, think again. Health experts say that sitting is as bad for your health as smoking! Sedentary behavior increases your chances of cardiovascular issues and cancer as well as cause chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes. To reduce your risk, first be aware of how much time you spend sitting, then create a goal to decrease your time in the chair each day. Try going for a short walk in-between meetings, conducting your conference calls standing up, or scheduling meetings out of the office when the weather is nice.
You’re good at what you do, you work hard every day to make each meeting a success, but maybe you’re not so good of taking care of you. Breaking up your work routine, delegating tasks, and moving more are three simple ways to increase your productivity and avoid the risk of burnout.
For the month of October, CES will focus on breaking it up, giving it away, and moving more, will you join us?!