And TBH, most of us are drained at the end of a work day. To efficiently get your wedding prep done, and without landing yourself in hot soup with the boss and co-workers, we’ve got these tips.
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#1 Maximise your commuting time
There’s no time like your daily commute (if you aren’t driving) to go through your checklists, scroll through Pinterest or even email vendors – it’s a much better use of your time than say, reading about the latest Kardashian-related gossip.
#2 Get to work early
Getting to the office an hour or even half an hour early gives you the benefit of quiet surroundings plus uninterrupted time to get on with wedding prep. Plus, you’ll be doing it while feeling fresh (compared to slaving over it late at night), and once you get that out of the way, you can focus on your actual job for the rest of the day.
#3 Jot it down
The night before (or on your morning commute!), make a short list of what you want to tackle for the day. Focus is key here! Move down the list methodically, and you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done within a short time, like during your lunch hour.
It also requires less time since you don’t have to switch gears (You’ll need more time to reset your focus and train of thought when you keep switching between tasks). Plus, it won’t seem like you’re working on your nuptials throughout the day.
#4 Plan small breaks
Short breaks throughout the day aren’t just great for increasing productivity, they are also good for making quick phone calls to your vendors or sending out e-mails via your phone… #justsaying.
Instead of heading to the coffee machine, step out to an area where you know you won’t be overheard.
#5 You’ll have to be a little sneaky
Realistically, you won’t always be able to keep wedding planning to strictly non-office hours. Here are some pointers to keep in mind:
- Don’t bring your wedding folder or fabric swatches to work (hello Captain Obvious)
- Keep an eye out for anyone walking behind you
- Be ready to toggle between browser tabs!
- Keep the volume down low
- Be aware of your company’s Internet policies – if your online habits are being watched, going on a wedding dress shopping binge for hours might not be the best idea.
#6 Make use of your leave
Unless you’re getting hitched at a moment’s notice, you’ll probably have sufficient time to plan your leave dates for the year. Aside from your honeymoon, you’ll also want to consider a few half days here and there for gown fittings or meeting up with vendors, as well as a couple of days before the actual day to tie up loose ends.
#7 Don’t let it affect your professionalism
Most co-workers would be a little more forgiving, but you’ll still have to show respect for them and your job. Wedding planning at work should not be at the expense of the quality of your work and you should not expect your colleagues to pick up after you, no matter how close you might be.
And if you think wedding prep is getting to you, here are 7 reasons why a wedding planner will help save the day.