The phenomena of the digital age has allowed us to connect with a global audience in ways that we couldn’t have imagined. Social media, email, and mobile applications have improved communications and productivity, which greatly helps the events industry. But the huge dependency on the internet and always being accessible brings numerous dangers to people’s wellbeing. In fact, the average Brit checks their phone 28 times a day allowing easier exposure to these negative effects.
For event planners, these effects may be heightened because of the importance of staying online in the business. We highlighted several ways on how the internet affects event planners’ wellbeing and ways to combat them.
After a long day at work, it’s natural to wind down by catching up with your newsfeed or notifications. While this may appear harmless, checking your phone late in the evening can cause sleep disruption. Individuals who spend more time at night online are more prone to mood problems like feeling lonely, depressed, or unhappy.
To avoid sleep disruption, turn off electronics an hour or two before bedtime. This avoids the ‘blue light’ effect from your mobile phone that prevents you from falling asleep. Some mobile devices and laptops have a ‘night shift’ effect, which changes your screen light to help your eyes adjust to the nighttime. But don’t be too reliant on this as it only reducesthe blue light effect, not completely eradicate it!
As an event planner, you’re always near your phone in case a client calls or you need access to event information. On top of that, social media is crucial to keep updated with trends or news (or even your friends). This huge dependency to be online makes it difficult to detach yourself from your phone. Staying constantly connected leads to a lack of human connection with your friends or family.
To combat this, set boundaries to your clients on suitable times they can contact you. That way, you have set hours when you are on-call. You can also delete social media apps off your phone so you can only access it on your laptop and keep it strictly for work! This allows you to focus on the people in front of you and to spend quality time with them.
No doubt, we’re all familiar with our phone’s “ding” noise. Having your phone flooded with notifications prevents you from being focused or productive. An easy solution to stay concentrated is to simply turn off your phone or switch it to the “do not disturb” setting, which mutes all notification sounds. Set a time frame where your phone will default to the “do not disturb” mode. This way, you still have access to your phone (in case of emergencies) but all updates will be silenced. Your clients will thank you for not glancing at your phone screen during meetings!
Spending too much time online makes you more vulnerable to symptoms like anxiety and depression. This is an easily overlooked issue, especially with event planners! Not only are you occupied by event preparations, but you also have to work with clients in different time zones. This stress, on top of constantly being online, increases the risk of psychological distress.
To overcome this, take 5-10 minute breaks throughout the day from using any technology. This allows you to mentally and physically detach yourself from being online. It’s also helpful to implement mental health initiatives in your office space to inform other event planners about the dangers of being constantly connected. At emc3, we’ve invested in mental health first-aid training and have added new policies to ensure our team is fully supported!
As an event planner, technology is difficult to cut off from completely since it also benefits your job. It still provides the advantages of increased productivity, ease of communication, and a global audience. But staying online is only great in moderation, we suggest spending more time in the moment and with the people you love, when you can!
Need tips to unwind? Check our blog post on 10 ways to keep you stress free!
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