I know you have piles and piles of sticky notes and a million wedding checklists pinned on Pinterest and you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. With all of the wedding ads on social media, the knot and weddingwire slowly taking over your inbox, no wonder your plate is never empty. Today, I want to share with you a solution to help you tackle your bridal to-do list by using the macro to micro method. You ready? Let’s go!
Macro simply means looking at the big picture and micro is looking at the day to day things to move your macro items along. (Hint..hint… the big picture is your wedding day!)
First, you want to determine your timeframe. Since we’re talking about your wedding to-do list, we will use your wedding date. So usually planning weddings can take up to a year or even 6 months. So however long your engagement is, use that timeframe. If you do not have a wedding date yet, I would use the 6 month marker as your timeframe.
In this time frame, you want to check off everything on your to-do list so you can have a stress free wedding.
Ok, let’s move on.
The second thing I want you to do is write down your (macro) goals during this time period. Your macro goals are going to be things like find a dress, book a photographer, hire a planner, find a venue and so on. You can separate tasks by quarter or by month.
Tip: Group 2-3 macro goals per month. Do this every month you have in your timeframe. Make sure to prioritize your macro goals per your timeframe and per month.
Ex: Top 3 macro goals for the first month should be to find a venue/date, planner, and photographer. Do this for every month leading up to your wedding.
This list will help you stay organized and productive throughout the month!!
The next thing I want you to do is edit your list. Make sure that your macro goals are attainable each month and make necessary edits, or more around goals so they are more realistic.
Tip: Think about what you have going on each month. Is it a busy month at work? Do you have more time in your schedule to take on more goals a certain month? Do you need to cut back on other months?
Now that we’ve double checked our bridal to-do list, we can move on to the next section.
The last thing to do is write out your micro to-do list for every macro goal per month! If one of your macro goals is to find a venue in March then your micro to-do list might look like this:
Go on 5 site visits
Make decision by the end of March
By having an idea of what you want to get done in a specific time frame/quarter/month/week, you are on your way to a more productive planning process. You will immediately feel a weight lifter from your shoulders. After you complete your macro goals each month, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that will give you the energy to press forward to your next months macro goals!!
Pro Tip: Listen to your body. If you need a break, take it. If you need to do nothing for a week, do it. Get lost in a hike, read a book, cook a meal with your bestie - do whatever you need to do reenergize.
- Write down your overarching goal and timeframe
- Write down your monthly/quarterly macro goals
- Edit and reassess your macro goals
- Create a list of micro to-do’s based on your macro goals
- Listen to your body!!!!!!
I believe in you! You can and you will do this!!!!!!! Send me an email and let me know how it’s going for you!!
As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:
"Individually we are one drop, but together we're an ocean" - Author Unknown
XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events
For inquires, please click here
More on the blog below!!!