|Yes, Your (Maid of) Honor|
My hometown (Canton, Ohio, for anyone who hasn't read the 'about the Founder' page) used to have the most A-MAY-Zing Happy Hour event at the local hot spot called Working Women's Wednesdays. 2 for 1 cocktails, half-price appetizers, FREE hors devours on the back bar, and I can't fail to mention the super cute and excessively flirty bartenders... Definitely some fabulous reasons to hustle it up and get your stuff DONE, am I right, ladies? But sometimes, it is just HARD to get everything in. I feel ya! In the spirit of cheap spirits, let me share with you my top tips for getting it all done, and getting your booty into that barstool before 7 pm (and before everyone else snatches up the free nosh)!
Write it Down and Plan Ahead. Ladies, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It is just TRUE! You definitely know it's half-off all wine bottles on Tuesdays at Upper West, but you always forget to start your day camera-ready after sweating it out to Rhianna in Monday night spin class... You want to maximize your time catching up with your girlfriends, so set yourself a "day before" reminder so you won't forget to blow out your hair before you go to bed Monday night, and Voila! 45 more minutes for blissful glass swirling and light-hearted gossip just freed up in your schedule for Tuesday! Utilize that calendar in your expensive smart phone, lady! It's already broken down by hour and the added perk is it guarantees you don't double-book yourself, because while I'm a huge advocate of doing two things at once (See #3), I have yet to master the trick of being in two places at once. (If any of you have the inside scoop on that, though, I'm coming to work for you!) Bottom line: with a million and one things going on, knowing what's happening and when is half the battle. Write. It. Down.
NO is a Complete Sentence.
Now that is something that took me a WHILE to learn. The first time someone told me "No" with only the reason that they didn't feel like it, my mind. was. BLOWN. That's because I'm a huge people-pleaser and the thought of not doing something for someone else, when I was completely capable even though I just didn't feel like it, was totally foreign to me. But ever since that truth-bomb was dropped on me, trust me when I say my life is immensely better! And now I am passing this golden nugget on to you: If someone asks you to do something that you don't want to do, you, too, can use that two-letter anthem to clear aaaaallll kinds of space in your day for the things you really love to do and need to get done! And it doesn't require any further explanation than that. I know... shocking, but try it. Say it out loud. Ask yourself a hypothetical question that you would normally say yes to when you really want to say No, and just say No. No. No. No. Feels good, doesn't it? Now practice saying it out loud, because I promise you it's harder to do in real life. But people do it everyday, and now, so can you!
Multitasking is a Form of Art. It's Monday. You have to drop off your dry cleaning, get your hair done, find a present for the Bride-to-Be, take your dog to the vet AND put the finishing touches on the table cards all before your best friend's Bridal Shower that you're hosting on Saturday (STOP beating yourself up for not having it on Sunday right this minute because that is NOT helping!). Plus you work full time and volunteer at your church's youth service on Wednesday nights, and you've gained 5 pounds but already had your dress altered so you HAVE to get to Spin Class! Breathe. It can all get done, I promise you, with a little adjustment and a LOT of multitasking. Your Monday night spin class is going to have to be a solo session on the stationary bike this week, so you can online shop your way through your cardio and grab that salad spinner your bestie MUST have (Express Overnight Shipping only, please). Done. Now you gotta know your network. Check out the back of your weekly grocery store receipt for coupons for nearby dry cleaners, and hit the one that's closest to your commute route on the way to work. Right after that, drop your precious pooch off for his check up and be on your way. Most vets allow daily drop off to accommodate working pet mommies and daddies as long as you pick up by 7 pm or so, so take advantage! Bonus: it's free pet care for the day! You get the idea here. Basically you can't do multitasking without prior planning, so 1 and 3 go hand in hand. Embrace your inner finesse, and make it work, baby!
When All Else Fails: Triage. Everything on our To-Do List has a rank. Stop right there, Miss Maid of Honor... do NOT spend time ranking your To-Do list when you're already going nuts-o over everything you can't seem to get wrapped up. What I'm saying is that we all know everything we manage to accomplish in a day has its natural pecking order. Out of toilet paper? HAVE to get that (...or at least "borrow" a roll from the office). Manicure? It can probably wait. Spin class? Debatable. Morning coffee? Another must, we know! But when push comes to shove, you have to trim the fat. Do what is most immediately necessary, and do it well. No one ever died from having a few dirty dishes in the sink overnight, and no one is going to think any differently of you if you hand-write the place cards or outsource those little beauties to Kinko's (Script font, we truly do love you!). And keep in mind, you can always send the entire project over to us at Yes, Your (Maid of) Honor! After all, that is why we're here. Just be sure to remember one cardinal rule: when you do eventually get to everything, because you will, make sure you give that task your best effort, because no one remembers how (or when) you start something, they only remember how you finish it. So finish strong like the fabulous Maid of Honor you are!