16,400,000! That is the number of results one gets when the term “procrastination” is entered in a Google search. Most of us procrastinate in one way or another. Advice on how to avoid it ranges from deep Freudian analysis on why we put things off to flip “just do it” quips from the drill sergeant types. In this post, we are going to concentrate on one specific reason for procrastination that might resonate with our readers – frustration.
Experts tell us that we sometimes avoid tasks because they are difficult to complete. Familiar frustration to public servants who wear many hats, are severely time-challenged, and have often never received formal training in the grant arena. Another chore that falls on their shoulders: they are somehow just supposed to know how to be stellar grant researchers and writers. We do realize there are superstars out there who have succeeded anyway and are doing a fantastic job. For the rest of us mortals, here are a few suggestions on how to counterbalance frustration:
- Recognize the Relevance – Understanding the importance of what we do can be motivational. Think about how past grants have affected your community in human terms. How have they made a difference? This is a chance to make a real impact.
- Embrace Career Enhancement – How can writing grants affect you personally? Who couldn’t use another skill to put on their résumé? Honing this ability can make you more valuable to current and future employers. It is also has the potential to generate a side income when you retire in [insert dream destination here].
- Once is Not Necessarily Enough – Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win every award the first time. It is all part of the bigger picture. See each application as a learning experience. Many grantees will even give you feedback on how to improve your scores for the next round.
- Tune Up Your Training – We can help with this one. Below are 3 basic posts for the beginning grant writer.
Tips for Starting Out
- 5 Tips for Municipal Grant Writers - What you should know before you start.
- Grant Writing Q&A - The answers to some fundamental questions, with specific suggestions.
- Grant Funding Successes- Stories to Share - Some motivation and practical tips to inspire you.
"Do something today that your future self will thank you for" - Unknown