I won’t name and shame but there is a clear correlation between the engagement ring landing on the finger and declining productivity at work….well there was in my case when I was engaged. I was terrible but am so proud at how well I managed to keep myself out of trouble. I ran a pole of my Facebook advice group and the majority of you are spending over 2 hours per week planning your wedding. Thats an average of 104 hours per bride or groom per year and that equates to almost 3 weeks of holidays! Now lets call a spade a spade here….no doubt most of you were telling porkies when you answered that poll LOL!
I was working for a hotel group at the time so that meant that I had suppliers and in house expertise that I would talk to so it looked like it was work…..it wasn’t…..it was for my wedding.
I know terrible…I should be ashamed of myself BUT I did a huge amount of extra hours for years so in my head it felt like I was just taking my time in lue and the most important part was, the job was still getting done.
The key is to cover yourself at all times. NEVER get caught and if you do, stay later that night to balance it off!
I recall reading a Forbes article back many years ago and found it again recently. It showed that roughly 2.6 hours are spent by brides planning their wedding in work and the busiest times are near lunch time but mainly ‘whenever they could grab time’.
Here are my tips to get you through your wedding planning whilst at work:
- Get everyone involved: You will need a few allies to (as we say in Dublin) ‘Keep Sketch’. If someone is involved, you can talk through solutions, get opinions and maybe even delegate some tasks! You also want someone to let you know if someone is coming up behind your computer so that you can flip screens quick smart! You also need friends that work unsociable hours so that they can run to the shops for you! I’m so lucky that my friends love DIY as much as me so they are happy to help when needed.
- Mobile phone: This will be your best friend! I downloaded excel so that I could work off the same spread sheet and plan from my laptop. I also saved all my files and quotes to Dropbox which was shared across my devices. Don’t leave a trail on your work devices. I had all of my reminders plugged in to the calendar on my phone too. That gave me the alerts and prompts I needed.
- On the road: If your role requires you to be in the road then you are laughing! Plan extra times around your journeys so that you can make your calls or appointments before or after appointments.
- Lunch breaks: Use your lunch breaks wisely. This is the perfect time to get your calls and emails sent. I had many deal lunches but then leftvtime to get out for a walk.
- Deliveries: If like me, you have a lot of online shopping, you can get your deliveries sent to work so that you’re not wasting time going to post offices. If your job is sticky about deliveries, parcel motel is brilliant. If you are getting deliveries to work, make sure to not put all of your bits on display, keep them hidden and if you drive, send it straight to your car.
- Desktop: This is the hardest one. My desktop used to be the first screen you saw as you walked in the door. I changed my settings to allow a different screen on my laptop versus desktop screen. I had files in front of my laptop so that a passerby couldn’t see my laptop screen. They would just see the desktop. I didn’t make this a habit but if I needed to look at something on a bigger screen than mobile then this was my strategy! In today’s age of hot desking and working agile, you can also get away with a lot more. You can choose your seat wisely every morning.
Whatever you do, don’t get caught and keep on top of your job and don’t give anyone an excuse to say that you’re not working hard!
Make sure to share your tips with me!
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