3 SIMPLE STEPS TO OVERCOMING THE OVERWHELM

 

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Happy Friday, friends!  I've been a bit MIA from the blog lately, and to be quite honest, it's been a circus around here.  Besides the general hustle and bustle that seems to build around this time of year, Garett's been doing double duty on the grad school front in preparation for the Holiday break, and the cherry on top, we had to vacate our home for a few days while the landlord fumigated.  While our mini staycation at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach was a welcome hiatus from cooking dinner, doing dishes and making the bed, I’m so happy to not be living out of a suitcase or coordinating who could store the groceries in their work fridge!  As we unpacked last night and began returning everything we’d had to remove to it’s rightful place, I could feel that sense of overwhelm beginning to creep up on me.  That feeling that three all nighters wouldn’t make a dent in the mile long to do list!  Sound familiar?  I have yet to meet a bride who hasn’t experienced this feeling of overwhelm at least once in the planning process, but I have three simple steps that can help you overcome the overwhelm.

1. WRITE IT OUT

Make three to do lists.  On the first list, write down three items you want to accomplish in the next 24 hours.  Aim for simple, short term tasks like doing the laundry or updating the guest list with the RSVPs you received last week. 

Your second list is for tasks you want to complete over the course of the next week.  These might be items like reviewing a vendor contract or nailing down food and beverage choices with your fiancé.  Keep this list to just one page! 

The third list is for long term items, ones that may not have a deadline or that you’ll need some time to complete.  These may be small tasks like hunting down the perfect cake topper or big ones like finalizing your photo list. 

2. SLEEP ON IT

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can be all too easy to make hurried decisions just for the sake of completing a task.  Resist the urge to make rushed decisions!  Take a break, and if possible, sleep on it.  You don’t want to find you missed an error on that contract you signed late at night or accidentally doubled your invitation order! 

3.  ASK FOR HELP

While there are certainly some tasks that must be completed by the bride, many can be delegated!  Besides your family and friends, who are often more than happy to jump in and assist, your wedding planner is a huge asset.  Thanks to technology, virtually planning a wedding is becoming increasingly common.  I’ve even worked with long distance brides and grooms without meeting the couple until the week of the wedding!

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