This post was written by Jennifer Taylor. Jennifer Taylor is the owner of Taylor’d Events Group, a planning firm that specializes in celebrations of all kinds in the Pacific Northwest and Maui.
Working in the wedding industry can be a fun and exciting experience, especially if you are passionate about the work. However, as great as it can be to put together a couple’s dream celebration, that’s not to say the job doesn’t come with its stresses.
Most people outside of the industry assume that our professions involve setting up a lot of pretty details and taking gorgeous shots of a couple – and it does! But it also involves client meetings, venue walkthroughs, contract negotiations and tons of paperwork that can get tedious pretty quickly.
As weary as it may be to keep up with the behind-the-scenes side of things, it’s essential to stay motivated throughout the wedding season to ensure that you’re on your game to provide clients with their dream wedding. Easier said than done, right? Let’s look at a few ways to stay motivated when everything seems to be piling up around you.
Just get it done
Ah, the old-fashioned approach. There is really nothing more motivating than checking something off of your to-do list. Start by knocking out a few smaller to-dos to get yourself going in the right direction. The feeling of accomplishment will push you to tackle some of the bigger tasks and you’ll be well on your way to a completed checklist!
Take a break
Sometimes, sitting at your desk and staring at your computer or piles of paperwork is the least motivating thing you can do. If you find yourself wasting time in the office because the inspiration just isn’t there, it’s time to unplug and take a break. It could mean walking around the block, reading a chapter of your current book or heading over to catch the afternoon yoga class – find something that helps your mind unwind and use it to your advantage. Once you get back with a clear head, the work will seem much less daunting than it did just an hour before.
Don’t lose sight of your goals
Feeling uninspired is perhaps one of the most frustrating experiences in the world, and with good reason! Weddings are your passion, so why don’t you feel that way? Sometimes, it can help to write down your goals again to remind you why you chose your path and what your work means to you. Even the simple act of putting it down on paper and reading it back to yourself can be enough to push through the difficult times.
Take a step back
If you find yourself unenthusiastic about your work more than you enjoy it, then it may be time to take a step back and consider your direction. Are you really doing what you want? If the answer is yes, then it’s high time you determine what’s making you feel disinterested and find a solution. Paperwork is killing you? Hire some interns. Suffering from lack of work/life balance? Take on less events and set some boundaries. If you aren’t happy with what you’re doing, then consider branching out and looking into other fields that may suit your interests and skills to a greater extent. Remember – there’s no harm in trying something and finding out it wasn’t for you. If anything, the only problem is when you hold yourself back from pursuing your dream – even if you don’t know what it is yet!
We all have our moments. Feeling motivated every second of every day may not be realistic, but there are ways to pull yourself out of any rut. The important thing is to recognize what really matters to you at the end of the day – and then going after it.