Planning a wedding can be a full time job, but if you’re one of millions of American’s who work from home, time management will be crucial to your success. So, how do you plan your wedding without losing your job? Here are a few suggestions that are sure to help.
Be your own boss
Whether you freelance or work for a specific company, working at home doesn’t mean you don’t have a boss. In order to manage your time successfully, try to pretend that boss is lurking just beyond your desk. If you slack, she’ll know. This way it will be easier to stay on task.
Instead of flagrantly abusing your freedom, focus on planning during times you might otherwise have been goofing off. Everyone who works at home knows the lure of distractions is powerful, but instead of letting Facebook distract you from your task for ten minutes while you recharge, let your wedding be at the forefront for those few minutes you aren’t working.
Make the most of your free time
Work Day: When you’re technically “at work” is the best time to do quick, stress free activities that might actually motivate and energize you creatively.
Doing quick research for various local vendors, for example, is a great way to take five minutes for yourself and still do something productive for your wedding. So is browsing Pinterest or Etsy for inspiration and ideas for everything ranging from decor to food to flowers. It’s also easy to save favorites with bookmarks and pins, so that if the phone rings and duty calls, you won’t have any trouble picking up where you left off with work.
Days off: These are best for actually visiting potential locations, tasting foods and cakes, and meeting with anyone who requires face time. The dress shopping and fitting will occur during your off days, so schedule them in advance to be sure all the most important ladies can come too.
After Hours: Designing invitations, selecting a registry, finishing touches to party favors, these are all perfect activities to do in a robe in front of the television. So do the busy work, the craftsy work, and the hands-on stuff after the work day is officially over.
While you exercise: Multitasking is key. Time running on a treadmill can also be well spent writing vows, checking to-do lists, and making notes for tomorrow. Not a free minute should be wasted.
Signs you need a break
Of course, you’ll need to focus and work hard to get a wedding planned and manage a busy work at home schedule, but that also means you’ll need to pay particularly close attention to your body’s needs. There’s no setback worse than getting sick, and stress can reduce your body’s natural resistance to viral infection.
So, pay careful attention, and if you start exhibiting any of these symptoms take a day off, a step back, and a few deep breaths.
- Abnormal irritability
- Poor sleep/ insomnia
- Excessive clumsiness
Just remember, it’s your wedding. It’s supposed to be a happy, joyful day for you and your loved one. Don’t let a little planning stress you out or make your daily routine unbearable.