How to get motivated when you are feeling anything but.
We all have those days occasionally. You know what kind of days I mean, right? The pop a button off your shirt, spill coffee in your car, can't find your flow, let alone your mojo kind of days? You can wake up with the best of intentions - but sometimes the world has other plans. You fight the urge to head back to bed, because you know that people are counting on you. And you are right, they are. So how can you get past the "ick" of an "icky day" and connect to your fundraising superpower? It's not easy. But here are some tips that work for me.
1. Do something outside your usual routine.
Stop and go in for coffee rather than driving thru, schedule a workout at lunch, or create a new music playlist to listen to. Shake things up - just a little.
2. Make a list.
I am typically pretty good with my self-management processes. I am a huge fan of the "Getting Things Done" method created by David Allen. But on days when I am just feeling "off", nothing makes me feel more in control than pausing to make a list of the highest priority things I need to accomplish that day. By focusing on the 2-3 activities of highest value, I give myself permission to focus. Other priorities can happen on another day.
3. Connect with donors.
NOTHING can get your day back on track like connecting with your donors. Make a few "thank you" phone calls to recent investors in your mission. Even if you just end up leaving a voice mail, your mood will improve. I promise.
4. Allow for some "busy work".
If your schedule allows, an off day can be the perfect day for tasks we often put off - like cleaning out files or organizing your office.
5. Demonstrate authentic leadership.
Get real with your team when you are just not 100%. Everyone has days like this. This is your opportunity to model how to handle them like a pro. Encourage team members to extend grace to each other when someone is having a bad day. Showing your humanity isn't a defect. Authentic leaders know that.
6. Keep your sense of humor.
None of us can control everything that happens to us. But we can control how we react. Reacting with humor helps us connect with others and lowers our stress level.
I would love to hear from you. What helps you get through when you are having a less-than-perfect day?