Weighted Priorities

From the beginning of this whole planning process, I was determined to make our wedding reflect the unique personalities of Mr. Husky and me. We decided on a DEY (do everything yourself) budget and set out to craft a wonderful day. Hours were spent making buttons to be attached to linen flower petals that were glued to burlap napkin rings. Many evenings were spent at the kitchen table, carefully gluing delicate lace paper to the invitations. Soil was turned, and flower seedlings were nurtured in our garden.

And then it dawned on me: I haven’t done any of the big things! Like rent tables and chairs. Or find a bartender. You know, those things that we actually need for the wedding. After a minor panic attack, Mr. Husky updated my checklist into a weighted priority list. We copied all of the items from my checklist and assigned both a deadline and a priority of 1-5. Items assigned a priority one are non-negotiable requirements for the wedding—such as the marriage license and invitations. Priority fives are items that aren’t really all that important and can fall off the list if we run out of time. The weighted priority list that Mr. Husky created contains a column that multiplies the difference between the current date and the due date (number of months) by the priority level. If the due date has passed, the number will appear negative and red. Approaching deadlines are in yellow:


Now I just go straight to my weighted priority list, and I know exactly what needs to be done next! I don’t feel *quite* so overwhelmed now.

Did you have to change your method of organization midway through? How did you balance the priorities of everything on your list?


Mrs. Husky

Wedding Date:
October 2010
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  1. glasses Bee
    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:28 pm

    Very organized! Right now we don’t have a list but I’m sure we will as the date gets closer!

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:34 am

    If my FI came up with this spreadsheet, I would fall out of my chair. . . wow

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:34 am

    @Farfromachildbride: Ha! He’s not actually certified, but uses the Six Sigma approach often in his line of work. Love that you’re familiar!

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    Fire 317 posts, Helper bee @ 1:17 pm

    Wow… you are very organized… I have yet to come up with something like this… I’m not a very organized person. But Great job! And you will get it all done in time. Everything will fall into place just perfectly!

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    sand dollar 631 posts, Busy bee @ 11:25 pm

    Now that’s a smart idea! I need something like this. Mostly I have a handwritten list, but someday I should migrate to a database program. This is so handy!

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    Ashleeee, Guest @ 12:21 am

    Dude love it! Think he could create one to prioritize my life??!

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