Written by: Abby Kepley, APSU Public Relations Senior
- Take Care of Yourself– When it comes to event planning sometimes things can become a little stressful. Slow down and know that you need your time to just breathe when things like this happen. Some easy, healthy remedies to becoming a little less stressed are to take a bath, breath, or even nap. Things like this can get you back on track and back to being a more productive you. Don’t feel like you’re the only one who goes through this!
- Use Your Team-You have resources for a reason. Don’t leave your team behind when they can help you with a lot! Your team is there for you when you don’t have all the time in the world to do everything that needs to be done. Make sure you communicate with your team thoroughly so everyone is on the same page. Your team can run errands, take notes and phone calls, and even do some meetings for you if you don’t have the time and you trust them with all the details. Your team is there for you not against you! Having them do things for you can release a lot of your stress.
- Write Everything Down-Keep a calendar and a note pad! Write down everything happening on the calendar on the correct dates. In your notepad write down the date at the top and put down all the things you need for this date or so on. This will help with your organization and reduce stress. If you feel like something is missing, it will always be on your calendar and notepad! Manage your time and get everything done before the date comes up. Also, you can highlight the things you have done so you can clearly see what else you need to do.
- Accept That Things Happen-When it comes to event planning not everything is going to happen the way you plan it to. If there is an outside event weather can be an issue. Someone might not show up to the event, or someone can show up intoxicated. Know that these things can happen and accept it! Once you do and come up with a Risk Management plan for these things, life as an event planner will become much easier on your end.
- Know Your Limits-Do not over plan! Make sure you know your limits on what you can and can’t do when it comes to the event. Also if you’re not a master at multitasking, take one thing at a time. Just make sure your time managing skills are on point.