Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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How to Manage Your Energy at Conventions

Someone asked me about managing energy at conventions and avoiding social burnout.  Here are some of my tactics:

* Follow normal circadian rhythm as much as possible. For me, it means I won't do morning panels but am happy to do late-night ones.

* Schedule time for meals. Carry snacks and beverages.

* Choose short activities or free-range ones. Most events will be ~45 minutes but some are shorter or longer. Many cons have a dress-up room, con suite, filk room, or other activities that people can walk in and out of as desired.

* Do not schedule more than two activities in a row. Preferably, alternate an activity and then a break.

* Avoid big crushing crowds. Visit the dealer's room during less-crowded hours. Watch the costume contest on hotel TV and/or enjoy hall costumes.

* Check if they have a quiet room, reading room, or other relaxing place. If the hotel doesn't, look for a nearby library, house of worship, or park as these tend to be relaxed environments.

* Get plenty of sleep. Never book a room on the party floor.
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