When most people think of time management they make one of two facial expressions: remorse or rejoice.
As event planners, one would think we want to claim the title of Mr. or Mrs. Punctuality. But then reality sets in. We have all heard “time is of the essence” and “time is money,” but how do you use the minutes and hours of the day to your advantage?
First, remember time is not our enemy; we simply haven’t grasped how to make it our best friend. A successful event planner knows and understands how time works, how much time he or she has, and how to use it to move toward a common goal. Learning time management is just like learning any other skill, it takes a dab of effort, a bit of trial and error and, ultimately, learning to embrace what efficiently using time has to offer.
Why does it always seem that it’s impossible to get everything done? Easy, because 24 hours just isn’t enough time. So remember: You can’t do everything and sometimes you just have to say “no.”
Dr. Joe Jeff Goldblatt says it best: “To become an expert event manager, you must master your ability to manage time in the most minute segments. You must develop the vision to perceive the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of every space. Finally, you must be able to analyze the needs of your guests to set tempos that will ensure a memorable event.”
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Do what works best for you and when all else fails, call on your Inner Goddess!
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