Finding Your Joy in Event Planning

The calendar pages have turned. 2017 is now history; 2018 brings with it new opportunities. A new year brings time for reflection, time for reassessment, and time for renewal. If you’ve found yourself in an event planning rut and if the joy has left your planning process, take a few moments to think on these things:

  • Are there new people you could invite to join your team? New team members could help lessen your load and bring fresh perspectives to the planning process. New faces to encourage and help could reinvigorate your daily tasks.
  • Are there people who no longer need to be on your team? Are there people who are toxic to your team? This may be a hard task, but surrounding yourself with people who support your cause and identify with your purpose are people you need working with and for you.
  • Why do you do what you do? What is the reason you plan “x” event or “y” retreat? If you know your purpose and believe in your objective, you will find joy in your journey.
  • Is there a new activity that might give you an extra planning challenge? If you plan similar or recurring events, challenge yourself to change one activity. Refresh it or change it completely.
  • Is there a conference you want to attend? Attending an event as a guest can give you a chance to see things from a different perspective. Not only can it give you planning ideas, it also gives you the chance to learn and grow personally.
  • Is it time for you to pass the torch? Have you been planning the same event for years? Sometimes a lack of joy can mean it’s time to move on to something else. Knowing when it’s time to stop and allow someone else to step in is a true sign of leadership.
  • Does the event still need to happen? Is your event still relevant? Are there events similar to yours that are better attended? These are tough but necessary questions to ask yourself.
  • Most importantly, have you spent time in prayer? Pray for wisdom. Pray for guidance. Pray for a renewed sense of purpose. Pray for the joy to return to your planning.

 Event planning should not be a chore; it should be a joy. If you have lost that joy, think through the questions above. Answer them honestly. Decide today what steps you need to take to increase your joy in the journey!