Successful Time Management
Your wedding date is set. How can you get all the tasks completed in such a short time?
You are about to embark on the biggest and most important event of your life. Plan carefully, make it work.
You will be collaborating with professionals who have successfully organised weddings countless times. They will be working on your wedding as a business project. If you also treat the planning as a business task, then things should go more smoothly than headless-chicken mode. This page shows a few business-type time-management tips to get you started.
The Seiyaku.com Wedding Plan assumes you have one year to plan your wedding
If you have less time1, things will be tough, but still possible of course. So to use your time effectively:
- Decide what proportion of time you will allow to each person you are working with. For example, you may decide the wedding video is more important than the flower arrangement. If the videographer is not giving you enough time and attention, but the florist is taking hours of your time to discuss the merits and demerits of using pinks or creams, then it's up to you to do something about it.
- First think and then act, this way you save time and energy.
- Arrange meetings and shopping trips at times of the day (or week) that you have your highest levels of concentration and energy.
- Always have a list of ongoing projects with you and work on these while you are waiting for a train or any moment that would otherwise be dead time. Carry a notebook to capture ideas, or articles to read, for the times when you are left waiting.
- Concentrate on what you can do rather than worrying about what is beyond your control.
- Assume you will never get everything done. Focus on those things which will help you the most to achieve your goals, or things that you can complete quickly, and don't worry about the rest.
- Call for help. Delegate tasks. Your maid-of-honour / best-man should be delighted to help. If they aren't then maybe you haven't chosen wisely.
- 'No' is the most useful word in time management. Say it politely, clearly and as often as you need to.
- One of the most common time parasites is not completing something and so having to start from the beginning when you return to the original job. Make sure that once you've started you don't stop until the task is in a state that you can easily pick up where you left off.
Time flies, but fortunately you are the pilot
Budget your time in the morning...
...Audit your time in the evening
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- Tempus fugit - Time for chocolate fudge-cake
- Time is what keeps things from happening all at once
- How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on
- Killing time damages eternity
- Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
- "Excuse me sir, what time is it?"
"You know, it's the weirdest thing, I've been asking that question all day, and each time I get a different answer."