3 things wedding suppliers can do to stay motivated as we near the end of peak wedding season 2017.
Wedding suppliers are often believed to have one of the best jobs in the world. Working with giddy couples to build their dream wedding sounds just wonderful doesn’t it.
And although we know you really do love what you do it’s OK to admit that sometimes the behind-the-scenes client meetings, venue walkthroughs, contract negotiations and paperwork can leave you feeling a little fed up.
But being demotivated is a luxury that wedding suppliers can’t afford to indulge in for too long.
Being on top of your game for each and every wedding you work on for each and every couple you work with is essential. It’s unfair to the couples you work with to be anything other than 100% dedicated to making their wedding day everything they dream it will be.
Here are 3 things you can do to help you stay motivated and push through any weariness as we approach the end of peak wedding season 2017.
1. Stop procrastinating
Research into motivational factors discussed in Psychology Today suggests that people who just get the job done procrastinate less and are more motivated to move on to the next task than those who spend too long thinking about and assessing one individual task.
We all know how great it feels to check something off of our to-do list. It’s great for motivation and self esteem. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and demotivated, begin by completing the smaller tasks and this feeling of accomplishment will spur you on to tackle the bigger ones.
2. When it gets too much, step away
Some days, no matter what you do you just can’t bring yourself to tackle that mountain of ‘urgent tasks’ and sitting at a desk staring at your screen is only going to make you feel worse.
When you’re feeling utterly uninspired, the best thing to do is unplug, step away from the workplace and take a break. Go for a walk, go grab a coffee, do some reading or hit the gym. Do whatever it takes to help you switch off and unwind so that you can return to your to-do-list with a clear head and a revitalised outlook on the task at hand.
3. Think about the bigger picture
When helping plan a wedding, it’s easy to get lost in the detail of all the subtasks that need addressing and lose sight of what it is you’re really doing and why.
Think about why you chose to run a wedding business or work in the wedding industry in the first place.** **
Weddings are your passion! Remind yourself of all the things you love about being a wedding venue or wedding supplier and write down all the fantastic things you’ve accomplished. Read good feedback from newlywed couples whose dream wedding day was achieved because of things that YOU did.
Feeling uninspired is a horrible feeling but step back and look at the bigger picture. This fed up feeling will soon pass and you’ll be back to your best. Sometimes, a little mental refocusing is all we need to pull us through the tough times.
If you’re particularly interested in finding out more about what motivates people in business, we’d recommend you read Dan Pink’s Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
He focuses on three intrinsic elements to motivation at work: autonomy, mastery and purpose.
Having the power to direct your own life and control the activities you manage is essential. Having the desire to continually improve at something you love to do really matters. And knowing that what you do makes a difference to someone, somewhere is what drives us.
Do you have autonomy, mastery and purpose when it comes to managing your wedding business?