What are your plans this summer? Along with rising temperature and the enticing smell of barbecue arrives a unique opportunity to meet business milestones with a sense of summertime serenity.
For the ever-ambitious event planning professional, taking time to decompress may be easier said than done… But investing in yourself is certainly worth it. Combine personal development with self-care this summer and bring your best self to highly anticipated networking events such as The Event Planner Expo in October. Here are 3 ways to get started.
#1 Master your Morning Routine
There’s special appeal in hitting the snooze button on a hot summer day (especially with the AC blasting) but did you know determination is strongest upon waking? An effective morning routine will keep you active and inspired to take full advantage of these extra long days. According to Fast Company’s The Morning Routines Of The Most Successful People, browsing email first thing in the morning is an incredibly common practice that depletes focus and sets the brain into a reactive mode (not good). Event planning professionals can take better care of themselves by beginning the day with a few stretches, deep breaths, and some mind clearing meditation – all which set the tone for success.
Note: Repetition is key so locking your morning rituals into place now will help align prosperous habits all year round.
#2 Settle in with Inspiring Beach Reads
While taking self development into the sunlight, a book rich in ideas will keep the brain inspired while the body rejuvenates. Browse Business Insider’s 15 best business books to read this summer for quality suggestions and check out the biggest titles for event planners such as How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and The Event Marketing Handbook by Allison Saget. Hands full? Podcasts are also a great way to soak in novel information. 10 event planning podcasts you should be listening to by travelers Q is a good place to start and while we’re on the subject, check out Ted.com’s playlist on The importance of self-care.
#3 Take an Entrepreneurial Retreat
How do you combine disconnection from daily concerns with an influx of new networking opportunity? Book a retreat designed for entrepreneurs. These getaways facilitate unforgettable experience, connections that last a lifetime, and moments of clarity that can mean brilliant insight for your company. Summer retreats varry for everyone’s personality and preference. For instance, learn more on the rising importance and popularity of entrepreneurial retreats for women. Considering the option of organizing your own corporate retreat? Check out 5 Resorts For Your Next Corporate Retreat on the Forbes Travel Guide.
Whether big or small, each act of self-care will have a direct impact on your professional goals. Looking ahead, some of the biggest business expos are taking place in the Fall. Participation in these self-care practices can bring you inspiration to dream big, motivation to connect, and an abundance of positive energy throughout the remainder of 2018.