I have not posted anything in two weeks! During that time, a family member underwent open-heart surgery. The procedure was delayed twice and each time we grew more impatient. While we waited, we played music, surfed the Internet and played Uno, anything to take our mind of ‘the wait‘.
The truth of the matter is that waiting sucks. Especially for a Type A, control freak like me! I like things to move quickly and smoothly. I like to have a plan and a timeline that includes deadlines and assigned tasks.
As in medicine, the nonprofit world can be one of starts and stops. The process of trying to develop or grow an organization can be slow and laborious. Yet there is always something else to do while waiting. Sometimes the other thing becomes the thing to get your organization going.
The greatest loss during a waiting period is missed opportunity.
Do not delay! Make a list. Follow up with potential partner, funder or client. Start working on a grant report early. Find some updated research. Review your annual work plan.
Your ‘waiting’ time can be ‘working’ time for another project or priority.
So what are you waiting on? Get to work! Do not let the waiting period stop you from positioning your nonprofit for growth. There is always work to do on your journey to strengthen your organization. If you maximize your waiting time, you will maximize your results.