Not enough time?
When it comes to wedding planning time management, I can imagine your first thought is or was: How the hell am I going to fit all of this in?
It’s something we all feel the pressure of on a daily basis. It’s a simple concept really: you have too much to do and not enough time to do it in. So you feel overwhelmed.
We are constantly telling ourselves that life is busy, busy, busy.
They say it can take an average of 970 hours to plan a wedding , a figure touted by researchers from a survey conducted in 2015. Let’s break that down shall we? If you commit 10 solid hours a day to your planning (which really no crazy person does) that works out as 97 days of planning, that’s almost 14 solid weeks of planning, which is more than a quarter of a year! I’m pretty sure none of you have that kind of time, just lurking behind the sofa waiting to be found, so you can put it to good use.
Whilst these scary statistics may be a little over-the-top, it is true that planning a wedding takes up time, and lots of it. Time you perhaps don’t feel like you have right now, but time that you absolutely HAVE to find if you’re going to make this epic day happen.
So how do you fit more into an already busy schedule and feel like you have ‘enough time’ to do this epic task justice?
Well – it’s an inside job and there is no quick fix. We all have the same number of hours in a day, it’s how you use those hours that matters.
And by inside job I mean you have to look within, not having enough time is just a feeling that you create and only you have the power to change how you feel. It’s something you have to consciously make a priority.
Here’s a few time management tips for planning your wedding with ease:
Avoid the time-drains: Sure we all need to relax but do you really need to binge-watch TV or spend 5 hours on Pinterest? Notice what the time-wasters are in your life, even keep a diary for a week to see how you spend your time and cut down on those elements that are not helping you crack your to-do list.
Write it out: Braindump everything you need to do onto a sheet of paper and get it out of your head, sometimes just seeing it all clear and written out can help you to prioritise and tackle it better. I like to do this at night so I have a clear action plan for the next day.
Don’t use up every last drop: A little like money just because it’s there it doesn’t mean it has to be spent. The downtime, doing nothing and just being in the present moment is just as productive as the constant ‘doing’. It helps to keep your mind clear and strong so you are better equipped to deal with everything else.
What you focus on grows: Look at how you think about time and the language you use, are you constantly telling yourself you are ‘swamped’, ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘rushed’? well guess what, that’s exactly how you will feel. Make it a habit to choose more positive words, like “I have a plentiful and exciting schedule ahead” or remind yourself that there ARE enough hours in the day and you know just how to use them.
Get organised: This is a no-brainer for a planner like me but it can be a game-changer for you too, once you get the hang of it. Schedule your time and add tasks to your calendar as though they are appointments. Think of it this way – would you cancel an appointment with your hairdresser just because you don’t feel like it today. NO, then give yourself the same courtesy. Calendar everything, including your downtime, and start to take control of time rather than it controlling you.
There are so many more ways you can become the master of your own time but we’ll leave you with these tips to get you started. In the orientation process of the Wedplanology course we go into a lot more detail about wedding planning time management, to ensure you don’t feel overloaded with the additional tasks that planning a wedding will add to your already ‘plentiful and exciting’ schedule.
If you enjoyed these tips then don’t forget to join our FREE Facebook group My Fearless Authentic Wedding exclusively for brides-to-be, I’m regularly dropping by to answer your wedding planning questions.