David Meltzer discusses how to think about a work party or function

Party Priorities: Balancing Business and Beverages

I believe in working hard and playing hard, but a lot of time in my industry people party too hard and lose sight of their priorities. So many times at a work party or sporting event, I see guests and professionals over-serve themselves or partake a little too much. At big events like the Super Bowl, this happens very often.

So, why do people shoot themselves in the foot by partying too hard? The type of people who make these mistakes struggle with balance. They’ve lost sight of some of their values, whether they’re personal, experiential, giving, or receiving values. They get in their own way by being shortsighted and unable to separate socializing from business. Learn to have a winning time at any work function with these balancing strategies.

  1. Time is relative, and so is the amount you drink.

Pay attention to all of the variables, in both the amount you drink and the time that you’ve been drinking. Losing track of either variable can get you into big trouble. Controlling these variables is the basic recipe for partying success.

  1. Set limits for yourself.

One of the most helpful things you can do is to plan your party ahead of time. Decide how many drinks that you want to have over a particular amount of time, what types of drinks you want to have, and certainly how you’re going to get home. Set yourself a curfew for when you need to be home and stick to it. Provide yourself plenty of support by effectively communicating this plan to others around you and do not deviate.

  1. Hydration is essential–do not focus simply on the alcoholic drinks.

One of the rules that I have is for every one alcoholic drink I have, I have one glass of water. A healthy amount of water will go a long way toward making sure not only do you remain in control of yourself, but also feel better in the morning.

  1. Do not lose sight of your goals.

Understand just how important your job and career are is a great way to help someone from going overboard. Those who prioritize their job rarely have problems with over-serving themselves because they know that getting a great buzz or having unruly fun is not going to benefit you in the future. Having the right perspective on the things that are most important will always help you make the right decisions during party time.


Yes, you should have a good time, but keep your values in balance. It’s just as important to have clarity, balance, focus, and confidence with your work, and this is especially true when work coincides with a party.

By: David Meltzer


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