How FiComm Partners’ Kirsten Plonner makes room for more than work

PR practitioners have demanding jobs and jam-packed schedules, which can lead to burnout and overwork. Here’s how one pro has preserved her work/life balance.

For a PR pro who serves the financial industry, the day starts bright and early—but not for the reason you might think.

FiComm Partners’ chief of communications Kirsten Plonner shared with us how she powers through her day, what keeps her up at night and what changes she sees coming for the communications sector.

Her message? Take care of yourself, and promote a healthy work/life balance at your agency or department.

Here’s what she had to say about a day in the life of a communications professional:

1. What time do you wake up?

 I wake up at the unforgiving hour of 5:30 a.m., because I have a 5-year-old who can’t tell time (yet).

 2. How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?

 I drink one cup of coffee to start the day and then a second midmorning to power through the rest of the day. If things are crazy busy, a third may be needed midafternoon to help cope with whatever the day is throwing at us.

3. Who is the most important person at work you talk to during your day?

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