Accountability – someone to push

running person on white backgroundHave you ever felt like you’re just spinning your wheels? Always busy but never quite reaching your goals? Things keep falling through the cracks and you feel like things are going backwards rather than forwards?

In this day of technology overload it’s so easy to fall into a reactive mode rather than a proactive one. Through our smart phones we’re always on call and always available.

There are some simple things you can do to address the information overload. Some people are going as far as to get two separate phones – one for work that you only use during work hours and the other for personal use. There are also apps that can help you manage how often you download new emails and which accounts are open at certain times. A feature I love that is available is most email clients (like Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird) is the ability to work offline. No emails get downloaded until you set the program to go back online again.

There are tons of sanity saving tips to help with technology interruptions, but what about the simple overload of all the work that needs to get done in the nonprofit world? It seems that we’re always trying to do more with fewer people. That’s where prioritizing comes in.

About 15 years ago I found myself at Andy Stanley’s church in Atlanta on a Mother’s Day. The title of the sermon that day was ‘Choosing to Cheat.’ It certainly got my attention! But it wasn’t what it appeared to be. The premise was that there are only so many hours in a week and sometimes we might have to make a choice between cheating our families (on time) or cheating work (on things that need to be done). His advice – cheat work.

I’ll take that another step and apply it to activities in the workplace. Often we’re focused on the urgent – rather than the important. We need to become intentional about cheating on those things that take time but aren’t important so that we have time and attention to focus on those things that will really move our organizations into a more stable future where we’re able to help more people who need it.

But how do you do that? Having an accountability buddy (or working with a coach or consultant, whether it’s me or someone else) can be a great help. Interested in learning more about finding an accountability buddy, forming your own mastermind group or learning more about the programs I offer, please try to make it to the webinar on November 19th. Here’s the link so you can register.

Hope to ‘see’ you there!

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