How can I get better at event planning, since I'm stuck doing it?
January 16, 2014 7:02 AM Subscribe
I have come to realize after attempting to plan my own wedding, and now landing two nonprofit jobs that involve some degree of event planning, that I hate it, and I am really bad at it. Since these are the jobs I have, how can I improve?
posted by chaiminda to Work & Money (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
#1 problem is that I hate the planning. I hate thinking of every last tiny detail, I hate worrying about who is getting where how, I hate printing off endless forms and lists that have to be at every event. This stuff straight up does not interest me, and barely did when it was my own wedding I was planning. I was depressed and anxious for months beforehand and it only came off well because my now-husband and my mother took over most of the planning.
The other issue is that I just am not good at planning, even though I seem to have acquired a reputation for being good at it at both of my jobs. I always forget one of the above things (printing out a form, transportation details) and it ends up being a minor disaster, or at least something that I stress about intensely for quite awhile. I'm always remembering things that I forgot at odd moments and having to scramble to fix them, which is, I guess, better than forgetting entirely.
My boss's suggestion is to make a checklist for each event, but I feel sure I will lose track since the things on the checklist usually occur over the course of months.
Do you have any suggestions for me? Ways to use software to track? I already try to write everything down on a to-do list, use Google Calendar, and Workflowy to track progress, but it's just not cutting it.