Conference was fun, but exhausting! I need to get back to my regular routine, but there are some things I need to do to wrap up conference so that I can get back into the swing of things at home.
Here’s what I do to recover from conference:
- Clean out my conference materials. I look at all the papers and things that come in the conference packet. At this year’s SWAMTA conference, we had several pens and pencils, notepads and sticky notes, ads for programs, and some documents from CBMT. I kept everything except the ads, because I can use the office supplies and CBMT materials at work. So I left the papers I didn’t need in the recycle can at the hotel, and packed the rest. When I got home, I put those materials straight into the bag I take to the office so I’ll have them when I go to work.
- Unpack and make sure you’re ready for the next week. I had my work bag already set for Monday before I left for conference. So I just had to unpack the suitcase and start the laundry. I do this right when I get home, because it makes it easier to relax when I don’t have a suitcase full of dirty laundry in the middle of the room.
- File your receipts with your tax information.
I kept an envelope with my conference budget in my notebook. Then I put all the receipts in that envelope. So now all I have to do is write down all the receipts and make sure the amounts are categorized (food, travel, hotel, etc.). Then I can put this with my tax information for 2015.
- Update your Continuing Education. I will also update my resume while I’m at it, just so it’s current and I don’t forget anything.
- File your notes, jot down your take-aways, schedule follow up contacts with those you networked with. I updated my to-do list, sent emails to follow up with folks I networked with, and scheduled events in my calendar. I have ideas I took from conference written down in my notebook where I keep my to-do list, too, so that I can incorporate those ideas into my work. I’ll also send an email to presenters to let them know I enjoyed their presentation and what I learned from it. This helps to build a relationship, and we all know that relationships are how things get done!
- Determine how you will incorporate your conference experiences into your work. I learned a lot by giving a presentation on Psychodynamic Concepts. So I’m going to incorporate those concepts into my teaching and work with clients. I really think that I’ll be able to impact some clients better with psychodynamic concepts than I was with biomedical concepts. So I’m going to continue studying them and start incorporating that perspective more into my work. So I’ll schedule some planning time into my calendar this week to develop some session plans that incorporate these concepts and also some time to read journal articles and books on the topic.
- Take a nap. To me, this is the most important part of conference recovery. I gave myself a lot of slack yesterday and took a long nap. I also went to bed early and didn’t do all of my usual house-keeping tasks that I usually do. Since they are all routines, I’ll have to opportunity to do those tasks tonight.