Let’s face it; the holidays are already a time when it is hard to focus on work and growing your business. Add to that planning a wedding ten days after Christmas, and I am the epitome of total and complete lack of focus right now.
Despite my mile-long to-do list, my wedding excitement, and my verge of bridezilla tendencies, my business has not shut down for the festivities yet, and that means I still have work to do. So, how do I focus on the not-so-fun work things when all I really want to do is make seating charts and fill welcome bags? I’ll be honest, this has not been a perfect process. I’ve often found myself drowning in wedding emails when I really should be working on a client project. But I have discovered a few things that have helped me to minimize the wedding distractions during this crazy season of my life.
Get out of the house.
One thing I can promise you is that zero work will happen if I stay at home and try to work in my office when all the wedding things are pilled up around me. If I need to have a productive day of work, I need to remove myself from the chaos and excitement and work at Starbucks. This has saved me on more than one occasion. I’m writing this from a Starbucks right now, because, in full transparency, I was supposed to write this last night. But received an email from my videographer with a task I needed to complete and instantly, let’s just say, work was done for the day.
Turn off your email notifications.
If you can’t tell from the above example, nothing will derail me faster than receive an email from one of my vendors asking me a question or giving me information about my big day. If I need to stay focused, that means turning off my email notifications and putting my phone on do not disturb. Let’s be real; there is no email in the world regarding my wedding that is so important that I need to tend to it immediately. That same email will be there when I shut down work for the night.
Be transparent with your clients.
This doesn’t give you a get out of jail free pass to slack on your work and miss deadlines, but letting your clients know that you are in a season of your life that is causing you a slight lack of focus but you are doing your best to keep up with the demands of work to the best of your ability. Whether you just had a baby, moved to a new state, are planning a wedding, or anything else that can take a lot of your focus and energy; I find it best to be open and honest with your clients. They will more than likely understand and share in your excitement for your upcoming change/event. But remember, this does not mean you can purposefully slack on your commitment. It just allows for an open dialogue between you and your client when you are feeling most stressed.
We all have seasons of life that cause us extra stress, lack of focus, and derailment from our work. Since letting those seasons negatively affect our work and our businesses is not an option, we have to learn how to minimize the effects on us. When we learn to do so, we can continue to grow in our business despite the craziness that is going on around us.
I’m currently 25 days out from my wedding. I’ll keep you updated on how well I maintain my focus as we get closer and closer. Because, to be honest, I am 100% positive it’s only going to get harder and harder.
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