How to Recover After a Big Production
If you’re reading this, you likely have been involved with some sort of big production. Whether it’s a large conference, a big holiday (like Easter), a significant event your organization is putting on, or even being on the road working a concert tour. All these types of events and other similar productions can be exhausting. The time spent planning, implementing, and producing mixed with the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental labor take a toll on a person, and because of that, it’s important to be intentional about recovery.
Everyone’s experience with recovery is different, so maybe you have other ideas that are helpful to the community! We’d love to talk about those in our social groups so make sure to join us in The Official ProPresenter Users Group or The Official PVP Community.
1. Don’t “jump back in” right way
I get it. Everyone is busy. The work never stops. Sure, that’s… but sometimes you need a break. For many of us in the live production world, we find joy in the “doing”. We tend to feel more at ease or having accomplished something when we are consistently working. Despite all of that, rest – even if it is a small break, makes a significant impact on our ability to actually “jump back in” at 100%.
2. Define your focus
Just because you’re back at it and working, does not mean that you need to be back right away at 100%. The way in which you go back to planning, implementing, and producing can impact your ability to bounce back strong. Take a moment and define your next goals. What is coming up? What projects need to be worked on? Figure out what should be prioritized. Once you can define what is most important, then stick to accomplishing that and hold off on the less important things until you have the capacity to fulfill those promises healthily.
3. Involve other people
You’re not alone. So, don’t pretend you are. 😊 An easy way for burnout to creep in is by doing things alone. When you’re alone it’s easy to feel like you carry the burden of everything, but you don’t have to. Involved other people. Let people know that you could use help to get some projects accomplished on time. You don’t think they know how to do it? Slow down, teach them, and enjoy the community. It’ll only make you better and healthier in the long run.
4. Treat Yourself
It is okay to do something for yourself for once. Many people in our roles go out of their ways to serve and help others. In all that serving others, don’t forget to care for yourself as well. Grab yourself a special reward for all of your hard work and celebrate!
All of these steps or processes may seem like simple ideas. That’s because they are. If we choose to jump back in head first, without refocusing and healing, it can hurt us in the long run. So take some time for yourself, rest, refocus, and come back stronger than ever ready to take on what’s next.
Now that you’re ready to get back in the game, did you see our top songs list from Easter 2020? How do you think it held up this year with organizations playing worship songs?