I'm declaring this month: Organized October! I am so excited to get into some tips and tricks for getting and staying organized throughout your wedding planning process!
But, before we can even get to tips and tricks of staying organized for your wedding, I want to address something we all could probably use a little help with and that's how to get past the initial barrier to entry and just get started. I'm sure I'm not the only procrastinator here so this week I'll be going over a couple of excuses you may be using to stop yourself from getting started on a project. Maybe you are recently engaged (Congrats!) and don't know where to start. Or maybe you've already started planning but reached a sticking point and can't motivate yourself to get back at it. Whatever it is, try to ask yourself why it is that you can't sit down and start the project. Find which category your answer fits into below:
You don't know what to do or don't feel like you have enough information to start. Okay so you are unsure of where or even how to start the project so you put it off. Maybe you are intimidated by the scope of weddings and how much is involved. You let your intimidation of the project stop you from starting it and you rationalize that if you can only just get a little bit more information first, then you can begin. I know this very well. I like to have a good understanding of something before I feel comfortable with it. It is why I research so much because I feel like I can't "just wing it" like other people can. This isn't a bad thing, but it is something that you need to work through to break past the barrier to entry. The trick here is to just sit down, even for five minutes, and just push through that barrier. You may not feel like you have enough information to start, but you will only get the information you need once you've started. I find that when I tell myself I have to do just five minutes, I sit down and get so into my work that before I know it, it's been 2 hours and I'm making progress on my project. Even working for five minutes can be that initial push that you need to kickstart your planning. A quick and shameless planner plug: your wedding planner is the perfect person to ask for advice on where to start or what to do if you are unsure.
You dread what you have to do. This one is hard because it takes self motivation and self determination. You know you have something that needs to get done, but you really don't want to do it, especially when you can think of 100 other things that you would rather be doing. The trick here is to find something - anything - you like about the project and start there. Maybe you dread the thought of budgeting and creating a guest list and finding a venue, but you can't wait to pick out the bridesmaid dresses. That is where you should start. If you get yourself to start the project in any way, you are more likely to continue and handle the things you don't really want to do as well. My planner plug here is that you can have your planner work on the tasks that you dread. Take a peak at some of the different wedding packages to see what is involved in full service wedding planning (Ultimate and Basic Design Packages) and what is included for only Day of Coordination. You may find a full service plan to be more worth your time and frustration!
You don't have time to do it. This might be the hardest of all three obstacles to overcome. If you already have a lot on your plate, it's hard to motivate yourself to start such a big project when you know you will have no time to work on it. The trick here is to ask your planner (because as the successful, busy bride you are, you will absolutely need a full service planner) to give you a checklist of your tasks and when they need to be done. Schedule your tasks one by one so that you can take bites out of the project, little bits at a time. A full service planner will be the biggest bang for your buck. Not only will you save time, you'll be less stressed and still have the wedding you've always wanted.
Hope you've all enjoyed this post and come back next week for more Organized October!