Two of the most common complaints I hear from brides are “How
can I get everything done?” and “I’m so stressed!” While a certain level of
stress is to be expected, there are a number of ways to reduce some of the
anxiety associated with your big day.
It is so easy to get distracted while attempting to do a
task. For instance, you set out to contact a couple of DJs, but in the process,
you ended up looking at bouquets on Pinterest. To avoid this common pitfall,
make an effort to do nothing but say, contact DJs in your area. Completely shut out and ignore any
alerts from emails and Facebook statuses until the job is done. Multitasking can actually
prolong your time, since you are trying to do several different things at one
time. I have found it helpful to set a timer for 15 minutes and
devote that time to tasks like answering emails and another 15 minutes to returning calls.
While this may seem elementary, writing everything down in a
notebook will ensure that you are not forgetting something and will give
structure to your ideas. Taking it a
step further and actually putting a date beside the activity in a planner, will
keep you from procrastinating. Also, it
helps to have sticky notes available in places like your car so that you can
jot down notes when your notebook isn’t handy.
3. Just Do It
Speaking of procrastination, once you have decided on a time
and date to accomplish something, follow through with the task. If it is a task
that you have been dreading, do that activity first, and save the thing you
enjoy doing for last.
If you have a Type A personality like me, it is extremely
difficult to let somebody else take the wheel. However, giving a task to a dependable
person, not only makes the other person feel that they are an integral part of
the planning process, but it also frees you up to spend your energies elsewhere.
This is actually the perfect time to include your future in-laws! To ease your
mind, it is okay to give your
assistants a deadline and to inquire on their progress.
A once-in-a lifetime event calls for resolute organization.
Deciding to focus on each task separately, putting your thoughts on paper, and
actually doing each chore and asking others for help will ensure that your day
is as unique and enjoyable as you want it to be.