Most of us are constantly juggling the various aspects of our life. Work, family, friends and health are some of these aspects that require our day-to day attention. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find the right balance. This is where time management comes in.
Time management is the art of using your time effectively.
Event management involves a great amount of scheduling, devising and coordinating. If any of these factors is amiss, there is a high likelihood of failure. In order to have a successful event, one must be able to control their time with maximum precision.
Here are some tips to effectively manage your time:
- Prepare a timetable
As the famous proverb goes: “When you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” For most people, having a schedule ensures that they don’t slack off and will help keep them accountable. The key trick is, you must not cram in too many activities into your schedule such that it becomes impossible to keep up. Event management might involve multiple activities that require varying degrees of attention. As an event manager, you will learn to prioritize properly.
- Take breaks
It is necessary that you take out some time to just relax and get your head straight. It may seem counterintuitive to do so, but it will help you get your work done more efficiently. A break doesn’t have to be particularly long. Take 5 minutes to collect your thoughts and plan your next course of action. Keeping a cool head in stressful situations during an event is absolutely essential to solve the problem.
- Kill distractions
Modern technology is built to capitalize on our need for instant gratification. Emails, and apps such Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter are designed to distract the users constantly. Switch off notifications and spend a few minutes every couple of hours to reply to your emails and messages. This might be challenging as event management requires you to actively use these sites.
- Maximize down- time
In order to exercise maximum efficiency, you can brainstorm in your free time. Commuting time, lunch breaks and time before appointments are perfect for analysing new ways to handle issues that arise while planning events.
- Modify your environment
Birds of a feather flock together. The temperament of the people we surround ourselves with affects our thoughts, actions and feelings. By surrounding yourself with people who are go-getters will ensure you get work done faster and better.