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Getting back in the saddle - seven steps to success

Happy New Year!

So Christmas is over and the New Year has arrived, that was quick! The team and I at GMG are looking forward to what 2015 has in store, we've already got an event in Greece lined up for March and we're excited to be partnering with
Pickevent to bring you an event focused on Health & Safety for the events industry which will be going live shortly so keep your eyes peeled for that!

You'll remember I'm sure that just before Christmas we tasked you with making a traditional "to-do list" to help you finish the year focused, how did you get on with that? I'd love to hear how you felt about getting back to pen & paper. That list should stand you in good stead for getting back in the saddle and approaching the New Year with all the enthusiasm you can muster. We know the first day back can feel a little tough, but we think that if you approach the start of the year the same way you approach a new project – or for us a new event – then the following could be your keys to success:


1. Plan
– back to that list again, taking time to plan will save valuable time in the future. Make sure you include a timeline for tasks to help you stay on-track. How many times have you thought to yourself "I know there was something else I was supposed to do today, but can't for the life of me remember what it was"? It might sound obvious but effective planning can ensure that you're busy when you're supposed to be, and can create free time when you really need it.

Don't be late – be that submitting a project on time, attending a meeting or getting home to your family. Beating a deadline by some margin impresses people hugely, meeting it with moments to spare is fine, failing to meet it at all can do lasting damage. And if for whatever reason you're falling behind, TELL PEOPLE. Whilst no one likes to be kept waiting, you might find that they're surprisingly sympathetic and might even be willing to help you out so long as they understand what the situation is, which they can only do if you keep them informed.

3. Be positive
– after all, who wants to work with someone that isn't positive about what they're doing. If you don't love what you do then it may be time to make changes – no one should dread going into work every day. Perhaps now might be the time to look for something new.

4. Stay healthy
– there's nothing worse than working on "that project" when you're feeling under the weather and after all the excesses of Christmas & New Year now's the time to follow doctor's orders and at the very least "have an apple a day". And if you've succumbed to one of the many coughs and colds going around at the moment, you have our sympathy! Soldiering on only to end up giving it to everyone else in the office doesn't do anyone any good, so use your head, work from home if you can, drink plenty of fluids and come back swinging when you're feeling a bit better.


5. Be a team player
– don't get stuck thinking you're the only person that can pull off the job, recruit the right people to help you in areas where your skillset may be lacking, or where you simply don't have enough hours in the day. Consider outsourcing; there's a whole army of agencies and freelancers out there who can take on pretty much anything, and if you find the right people it can be surprisingly cheap, allowing you to get on with the more important stuff (or at least the stuff you actually enjoy!)

6. Use technology
– but I can't say this enough – use it wisely, don't get caught in the trap of thinking you have to use the latest gadget for everything. We've all been in meetings where someone's trying to show off their spiffy tech only for it to fall flat on its face, impressing no one. There is a time and a place to include technology in what you are doing, but research, question and trial to make sure you get the best out of your chosen solution

7. Network
– meeting new people, inside and outside of your industry sector will broaden your knowledge and increase your awareness. As you've probably seen from previous blogposts we've been networking as much as we can over the last 6 months, and with a number of confirmed jobs and clients for 2015 it's already paying off.
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Let us know how you get on, we'd love to hear how you're doing and if you've got anything to add.

Written by: Jayne McFahn