Your To-Do List: How Do You Eat an Elephant?

How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time!  When you have a seemingly overwhelming task (like planning a wedding), break the project down into bite size pieces.

Brides have so many things to do, and it can be extremely overwhelming.  So break it down.  Write down each task that you need to do and assign each task a due date.  This way, you can check off items in order of priority, and you know when each task must be completed.  Then, you can move on to the next without having to reorganize everything in your brain – it’s written down for you to see, so use your list!

Make your tasks actionable.  You can’t just “set a wedding date.”  So, maybe you need to “research football schedules” or “review your vacation time” before you can set a date.  Some ideas to help with your task of “find wedding dress” are to “research wedding dress styles,” “create a dress Pinterest board,” “schedule dress appointments,” and “invite wedding party to dress appointment.”  Then assign a due date to each one of those tasks.  You will feel so much more at ease if you break down the big tasks.

Add details to your to-do lists.  Add phone numbers, people that need to help, or other important information.  You don’t want to have to dig for the nail appointment time that you set months ago – write it down when it happens.  You have enough details to remember, so don’t make it harder on yourself.  Take 10 seconds, add a detail or two to each task on your to do list, and you will save yourself so much time (and stress) later on! Here is a copy of my own to-do list items just as an example. Remember, every wedding is different. 

Yes, there are a lot of things to do.  But you are doing these things for your wedding day.  Stop and think about that for a moment.  You are going to be someone’s spouse.  That’s the end goal.  So, enjoy it!  Take breaks from the stresses of planning, and go on a date with your fiancé (no wedding talk!).  And don’t be afraid to delegate tasks.  If you are having a wedding party, part of their job is to help you, so use them! 

As you are going along and worrying about all of the things you have to do, let yourself stop and take it all in for a minute.  Then get back to that to-do list of yours!!