By: Tracey Manailescu, VP and Co-founder of WPIC Inc.
Planner burnout. It’s a real thing.
Our entire job is based around problem solving, doing things for others, and being a people pleaser. Add to it the pressure to stand out from all of the other wonderful wedding planners out there, have a modern and user friendly website, be on top of social media, have great relationships with wedding vendors, stay educated and attend industry events and conferences as well as having a positive attitude. It can be completely overwhelming, and at times make you want to give up.
At some point I’m sure each of you have felt it. I now that I have. It’s such fickle thing…you are either feeling like a rock star and on top of the world, or feeling like you could/would/should be doing more.
Here are some tips to avoid getting burned out:
Realize that you are not alone Trust me, you are not the only one who feels ready to throw it in and give up every once in a while. This is why it is so important to have people to talk it over with who understand where you are coming from, and feel exactly the same way some times. Join Facebook groups with other wedding professionals, share your thoughts and opinions on the WPIC alumni boards, or give us a call at the office.
Change where you work Do you have a space in your basement or in your bedroom? Freshen it up, get a room divider, go on a decluttering binge, move rooms to let fresh air and sunshine in, etc. Go to Staples, or Homesense and get some fun and useful office equipment. Add some photos of those you love. In fact, put up a favourite photo of you where you are looking fine and upper happy. Can you go to your favourite coffee shop with your laptop? Sit on your balcony, porch or backyard to get some vitamin D. Can you do a vendor phone call while on a walk around your neighbouhood or park?
Attend an Industry Event or Webinar There is nothing like hearing inspirational stories from people who do the same thing that you do. They can provide real life stories and anecdotes of what they did to turn their businesses around, provide useful suggestions on how to upgrade, learn how they handled tricky situations, dealt with difficult clients and how they overcame various challenges. Or, it might just be someone or something that will inspire and encourage you to be better in your business.
Please share any other useful suggestions below in the comments.