Event Planning: 6 Surefire Strategies to Avoid Burnout

tired Whether it's corporate event planning or designing the perfect closing ceremony for your conference, this industry provides many exhilarating experiences. For example, travel is a great perk, offering many opportunities to discover new places and cultures. 

It’s easy to feel pumped - until you return home. That's when jet lag and exhaustion often set in.

The post-event crash may seem inevitable, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 6 strategies that can reduce the risk of exhaustion and burnout.

Take action before you burn out:

  1. Get as much rest as possible during the final weeks of planning.
  2. Even if you’re an independent planner, try not to be a one-man or one-woman show. It is usually possible to hire an off-duty staff member from hotels and resorts to help with set-up, man the welcome desk and liaise with venues to handle unforeseen logistical challenges or special requests.
  3. Hire enough staff to handle the workload. Yes companies want to save money but this should never be done at the expense of your health.
  4. If possible, arrange to arrive at a foreign destination in the evening in order to get a good night's rest. Do the same thing when you return.
  5. To help re-set your internal clock at different time zones, get some sunlight, fresh air,and light exercise the morning after arrival.
  6. If set-up is going to stretch into the evening, be sure to get a nap in the afternoon.

To learn more about finding satisfaction in your job, read Event Planners: Are You Getting Enough Satisfaction? and hear what your colleagues have to say about stress and job contentment at Stressful or 'Bestful'? Planners Say Their Jobs Are: Both. And to de-stress with the right tools for meeting success, check out Cvent's Event Management Software .

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