Quick and Easy Tips for Fundraising Success #7 (Self-Imposed Deadlines)

Image: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Welcome to another installment of Quick and Easy Tips for Fundraising Success! You can read earlier posts in the series here.

Do you struggle with having too much to do? Working in the nonprofit sector, you might have a very big job and be required to wear many hats. Today’s tip is one to boost your efficiency and productivity, and help you get more done in less time – yay!

Today’s tip: Set self-imposed deadlines

While we usually think of stress as a bad thing, a manageable dose of self-imposed stress can actually give you focus and help you meet your goals. If you have an open-ended task or project, try giving yourself a deadline, and then stick to it.

For example, say you are writing a grant proposal that is due next week. Start by setting a small block of time when you can work ONLY on your proposal, and commit to not succumbing to emails, phone calls, co-workers stopping by your office, or other time gobblers.

Close your door, turn off email notifications and your phone ringer, set a timer for 20 minutes and start writing! You may be surprised to find just how focused and productive you can be when you're watching the clock.

For more on how to make this productivity tip work for you, check out 3 Tips for Sticking to Self-Imposed Deadlines.

Bonus: This can work for tasks outside of your office, too, like paying your household bills or helping your children finish their homework!

What tips do you have for setting and meeting your self-imposed deadlines? Please share your ideas, successes or challenges in the Comments box below!

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