As our wedding season here reaches another busy time, September here in Spain is a popular month for weddings so we are all busy, but a Facebook post from a fellow wedding planner appeared on my FB feed that was utterly insane. She stated she had slept 5 hours in the past 54 hours.
Sadly many of us have been there, whilst she is convinced she is a Duracell bunny and it is in her genes, this will result eventually in a burn out.
I too have the ability to constantly work, 24/7 with little sleep but as I got older and hit my late 40´s I came crashing down, rather spectacularly, with the onset of pneumonia.
I was in so much pain I went to the hospital emergency and they diagnosed me, I was put on drugs, something I don´t really believe in and I felt ill for probably about 18 months, it took me forever to feel normal again, but it was a lesson learnt. I have even been known to fall asleep on my computer after a seriously busy weekend with no sleep.
As I hit my 50´s and the menopause was raging, I felt ancient, so I started to think hard about self care and pacing myself as I am not prepared to die for my business as much as I love it, breathe it, sleep it and yes I do sleep!
I took a step away and worked out how I could make even more money but working less hours.
It was not rocket science, I put my prices up and I was selective in choosing my clients, I also spread them out more evenly and turned down weddings so it was manageable and I had breaks in between each wedding.
I recall about 9 years ago having 6 weddings in 7 days, it was one of the most stressful weeks of my life, never to be repeated but I was younger and could do it, the stress though was unbelievable. I vowed never to do this again and haven´t.
It is hard to turn down clients, as clients mean money, but if you have your ideal client targeted and you are making decent money at each wedding then you have got this sussed.
Over the past few years I have applied these factors to my own business and have made more money than currently I know what to do with. I probably turn down about 4 enquiries a week now and pass them onto other wedding planners.
We all want to leave the 9 to 5 for the freedom and flexibility we envisage but often we are working longer hours and are complet