Meeting Planners and meeting planning and the new year. Happy 2013! All the fun celebrations and parties have come to a close and the New Year is definitely here. I know this because I am actually sitting at my desk and working. And yes it is “that” time of year once again, the time where a lot of us not only make resolutions we strive to keep them as well. This is the time of year where we resolve to do things better, faster and healthier not only in our personal lives but our jobs too.
Meeting Planners, Meeting Planning, New Year Old You!
Recently I was out yes eating with an event planner friend of mine and as fork went to mouth she was venting about her weight and overall poor health. She said “I have become exactly what I vowed I would never let happen to me when I first got into this industry”. What I asked? I have become unhealthy and overweight”. She continue on to say that as she was working her way up in our industry learning and observing one thing she noticed was the unhealthy lifestyle in some of her peers and promised herself she would not become a statistic. And we’ve all been there; the crazy hours, irregular eating or no eating and lots of treats and junk food.
Let’s face it every job comes with a certain amount of pressures and stress. But our industry presents a distinct array of hurdles and challenges, while as meeting professionals we endeavor to accomplish objectives and goals while maintaining our health. In their job, meeting planners definitely tend to put everyone and everything first and end up at the bottom of the list. They plan for and assist a long list of folks including but certainly not limited to attendees, guests, suppliers and the powers-that-be. Once they are tended to and time allows we may take a load off or have a quick and I do mean quick bite.
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In the interest of full disclosure, I am not known for my healthy eating and lifestyle especially when it comes to being on site. I consider sugar a food group and in the past used being on site as an excuse to consume whatever I want whenever I could. However over the years I have definitely picked up a tip or two for staying on track when it comes to meeting planning, stress levels and good health.
Maintain Balance – Like so many one of the ultimate goals in life is to embody happiness, good health and work success. First and foremost, do not over commit, whether it is in your personal life or your work life. By taking on too much and over committing, you can negatively impact both your mental and physical health. It is fundamental for your health and successes to find and maintain that perfect balance of lifestyle and work choices, responsibilities and obligations.
Priorities, Priorities, Priorities – We all have them and some of us have more, way more than others. To-do-lists are an excellent way to take time to prioritize tasks. The easiest way to get started is by making and utilizing a paper list. However it is 2013 and there are many on-line tools that are there to help. Making use of a software created system is an effective way to keep track and stay on top of well, everything. With so many benefits including, it is always at your fingertips via email or mobile phone, it will alert you of the schedule and can easily be shared with team members it is definitely a valuable way to go.
Good Health and Exercise – We all agree to achieve success good health is a very important factor. And I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know; having and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the most significant gifts you can give yourself. Eating healthy is all about mood enhancing, energy generating and yes feeling great. And of course let’s not forget about exercise. By incorporating and making exercise a must you help to ensure better performance, improved functionality and leaves you feeling great and able to complete work at a better pace. Really a healthy body helps to build a healthy mind.
As planning professionals we tend to care about everything and everyone and never put ourselves first. But remember, no matter what you do for a living you do matter. And really it makes total sense to function in the best way possible; we must always look after our health, prioritize and continually work on maintaining balance. So as we get started in this New Year, let’s commit to a successful work life and a healthy lifestyle.