We all know one. The ‘predominate planner,’ who knows everyone and everything, has influence and resources galore, and seems to be able to balance anything that comes at them. From my personal point of view, I think about the Mom’s on PTA boards while planning community events, church events….the list goes on.
I often wonder, even as I continue to event plan and edit in my career life, how some of these individuals do it.
What happens when the go-getter doesn’t want to be a base-hitter anymore? If they have family conflicts or they have just become worn out? Who is going to plan all of the events?
This goes hand-in-hand with work/life balance. We don’t have to say ‘yes’ to everything that comes our way, even if we think we are the best qualified or organized. We have these abilities from years of honing our skills and trial by fire. If you are dedicated to a group or event, you might consider simply not being the first to speak up or opting for a co-planner position so that you are able help another learn and grow.
I hadn’t considered that my willingness to move back in the crowd could become a blessing to another. I have found great happiness in sharing tips and tricks with others. And you know what? Each event has been stellar, whether I was used as a resource or not. And my added free family time has been a blessing to me.
When looking at your own work/life balance, and the additional ‘planning’ you might take on outside the office, prioritize yourself in the process and see the changes flourish around you.
“A flower does not think of competing against the flower next to it. It just blooms.” - Zen Shin
A new adventure can be found in taking a step back.