With spring upon us, now is as good a time as any to create some habits you’ll thank your future self for. The post was inspired by a 2021 blog post by Seth Godin, entrepreneur extraordinaire and best-selling author.
In Seth’s words, “a simple substitute might change a habit.”
Here are 10 ideas for nonprofit leaders, in no particular order.
- Instead of checking your emails after the morning alarm, spend 5 minutes setting your intention for the day.
- Instead of rattling off a bunch of statistics to a potential donor, share a compelling story of someone you have helped.
- Instead of complaining about your ho hum board or staff members, thank one of your unsung heroes.
- Instead of sending a curt email, place it in your Drafts folder for 24 hours and re-visit how to approach.
- Instead of creating an expensive annual report, develop an over-sized postcard with key highlights.
- Instead of working through your lunch hour, go for a 15-minute walk.
- Instead of reacting to every email/text/social media alert, carve out set times throughout the day to review your communication channels and respond.
- Instead of accepting an invitation to serve on another nonprofit board, think about how you could more fully engage with your current board.
- Instead of saying “yes” and regretting your decision, pause for 10 seconds before making a decision.
- Instead of holding a fundraising event, do a cost/benefit analysis to figure out the best strategy for your organization.
What would you add to the list above?
Hat tip to your success!
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