Ask PEGA: AALL 2017 Conference Edition – Wellness & Selfcare

Welcome to Part Two of the AALL 2017 Conference Edition of Ask PEGA, an advice column for all PEGA-SIS members. Just a reminder all questions can be submitted here and will be answered on a rolling basis by our anonymous pool of upper and middle managers from law libraries of all types and sizes.

  • Routine is Important: Don’t abandon routines ― exercise, eating well, drinking enough water, sleep, alone time, talking to your family. Conferences are fun but they’re still work. It doesn’t have to be a 24/7 experience.
  • Self-Care is Important: Have some fun out at karaoke or hanging out with friends but also do what you need to be at your best. Get some exercise and the sleep you need, especially if you’re going right back to work after the conference.
  • HYDRATE!: Drink water during the day. It may sound obvious, but there are a lot of parties at night with free drinks, and it’s easy to wear yourself out and get dehydrated ― especially with the heat in Austin. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere and refill at the water stations in all the meeting rooms and exhibit hall.
  • Get Away and Recharge: It’s okay to take a break now and then ― a nap, an hour away at a cafe, going to one of the tours (another good place to network). Get out and see the city, go to a museum, bookstore, or go to a movie theater to watch the latest blockbuster. Take time for yourself to turn off your brain for a bit.
  • Don’t Burn Out: There are no awards for “best conference attendee” or “most programs and events attended.” If you burn out, you won’t be able to learn anything or socialize, and you’ll just be exhausted when you get back to work.
  • We Were All New Once: We claim and build law librarianship as our profession every day. And all of us were new to our shared endeavor at one time. Soon, you’ll be the experienced one welcoming newbies 🙂
  • Enjoy Yourself: Try to have fun! I don’t mean you should skip the education stuff and just go to the parties of course. But this should be a good time, not a stressful time.
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