The most productive days that I have at work are the days that I arrive well rested, in positive spirits and focused on the tasks at hand. While I always do my best to give 125% on whatever I am working on, I have learned in just the last couple of weeks that work life balance isn’t about dividing your time…
…It’s about enjoying your days, one at a time.
Here are a few tips that helped me live a balanced & focused life as an Event Planner.
Listen to Music at Your Desk:
If you have the option to listen to music quietly when you work, you should. I find that for me… it fosters creativity, puts me in an amazing mood and helps me to focus.
5 Minute Break:
Take 5 minutes to get up, walk around for a minute, go grab a glass of water and then return back to what you’re doing. Everyone needs a mental break!
For many years, I only took a 15 minute lunch break as I felt like I couldn’t break away from my desk for longer than that. While others took the full 45 minute – 1 hour break, I ate quickly and then retreated back to my desk because I couldn’t even consider taking that time for myself. It was to the point where I felt guilty about giving myself time to enjoy a meal. And then 4pm, would come around and some days, I would crash/lose momentum because essentially I was working 8 hours straight without any break.
Recently, I decided that I was going to change that routine and allow myself to have the full hour for myself. Working in beautiful Alexandria, I have the opportunity to take a walk on King Street, sit by the water and people watch and clear my head for a minute.
Returning back to my desk after my 60 minute lunch break, I now feel reenergized, centered and ready to attack the next item on my to-do list.
Improve Your Atmosphere:
If you have the opportunity to personalize your work space, do it! I have always made it my mission to make my desk/office/cubicle space- an inviting area for all. A place where you feel happy to be for hours at a time and a space that is welcoming to your teammates.
While it might not seem like an essential thing, I look forward to arriving to my office when it feels like a “home-base”, personal thinking area and a positive space to start-my-day!
Enjoy the moments…
Sometimes, I get so wrapped up in the event that I am working on that I don’t take time to step back and enjoy the event as it happens in real time. It is important to take a minute and watch your hard work come together and rejoice in the moment! You’ve worked hard….
…..GO to the corner of the banquet room/venue for a second and see it become a reality!
Now, of course, you might not be able to do this on a daily basis and you’ll find weeks that you can’t break away—but, do your best to find some time to focus on YOU! By focusing on your health– not only will you be able to be more productive, but you’ll be happier too!