You are a MADMAN (MADWOMAN too)! You work 80 hour weeks, take very few days off, command the office by day and events by night. The phone never leaves your ear. Neither does your second phone. If a text comes at 2am, a reply goes out at 2:00 and 2 seconds. Your calendar rarely has a blank white space. Your car is a fully-functional office on wheels. Your work ethic is stronger than the copious amounts of coffee you drink.
Does this sound like you? The answer I just heard was yes. (I can hear what you say, so WATCH IT! )
If you are a DJ, event professional, entertainer, or make a living on the events industry, it is no secret that the forty hour work week is a myth, and regular hours are not regular. Everyone has some form of office time, out in the field time, or time at home doing something that prepares them for the next event. Family or downtime may be hard to come by.
This is not unique to the events industry, but is prevalent. Long hours and odd work schedules are part of the demands made on us.
When we became involved with the events industry, it was because many of us thought having a part in putting together glamorous events or spinning tunes sounded a lot like fun and we were willing to put up with the rough and long hours to do it. As time marched on, we found ourselves out of balance and away from families and friends that meant a lot to us. Many of them supported us, some did not like what it took for us to serve the client (and our passion) and stepped away. Ultimately, it came to pass that working in the events industry became part of our identity.
Working that schedule, keeping skills sharp, finding time for family, hedging against burning out, taking care of yourself, it all requires looking for a work and life balance to address all of it. The question is, where can you find balance?
As someone who has gone through this very thing, here are some ideas that may help you find not only some balance, it may also help recharge your creative palette with an abundance of fresh and amazing ideas.
First, let’s look at the calendar and how your day can be organized…
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