According to AOL Jobs, 90 percent of soon-to-be brides plan their wedding at work on company time! Can you just imagine that? I knew the percentage would be high but I didn’t know it was going to be that high.
But before we continue, I must confess that I was indeed part of that 90 percent so I can relate. I planned my wedding while working a demanding 12+ hour job while also planning events after work and on the weekends. The key is to get reaaally good at the “Ctrl +Tab” quick key! So, when you get that unexpected visit at your desk or office, you don’t blow your cover!!
We all know that, as women, we tend to take on many roles and for some reason many women tend to add planner to that long list. Also, considering that women are securing more demanding and high profile roles in the workplace, I know wedding planning can get pretty overwhelming and stressful. So I am here to help (cue super woman music). Here are 3 tips that will help you plan your wedding more efficiently at work. That sounds soooo bad doesn’t it? Whatever you do, remember, you didn’t hear these tips from me!
Late Nights and Early Mornings
Studies show that once you get into a rhythm of a specific activity and you take a break, it takes approximately 25 minutes to get back on task (if you can at all).
Why not take advantage of all of the hard work and momentum that you’ve accumulated during the day and stay at work an extra 30 minutes to an hour to tackle wedding related tasks. This will allow you to get more planning done in a shorter amount of time. Are you more of a morning person? Come into work a bit earlier instead.
Take 20 minutes on Monday morning and develop your “must do” to-do list for the week and tackle them little by little each day. I would recommend reserving a conference room so you can make phone calls, surf the internet, log into your personal email account, etc. without worrying about anyone being nosy and looking at your computer screen or eavesdropping on your phone conversation.
Be Strategic on What You Work On
Don’t work on anything that requires you to use the Internet or make a phone call. Those types of tasks will obviously draw more attention to you. Instead, only work on things that are paper based or allow you to use applications that make sense for your specific position. For example, I used a lot of Microsoft excel as an IT Strategy Consultant so when people passed by my desk, they just thought I was working on another excel model for the CIO but really I was working on so many wedding related tasks that I organized in excel (did I just tell on myself?).
So work on things like check lists, your guest list, your budget, seating charts, review vendor contracts, your ceremony/cocktail hour/reception layouts, etc.
Set expectations With Vendors
When communicating with vendors you have already secured or whom you are inquiring about, be open with them and let them know the best time to reach you during your workday or when they should be receiving a response from you. Do you always take your lunch break from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM every day? Do you have a 30-minute gap between your two meetings tomorrow morning that you can use to return phone calls or send emails? Take advantage of this time and make sure you let vendors know in advance.
Doing this will do a couple of things:
Allows you to optimize the down time or free time you have in your work schedule and
Allows vendors to reach you a lot easier and also allows you to get in contact with vendors a lot easier because they will be expecting you.
If you are still feeling overwhelmed, I would suggest hiring a professional wedding planner who can take the pressure off. I mean, you already Have a 9 to 5 (or longer), why add on another one?
If this was of any help to you, let me know in the comments below! Have you ever been caught working on something else at work?
Until next Thursday…stay inspired.