3 Things You Can Do for Your Nonprofit When You’re Feeling Unmotivated

Let’s get REALLY real here for a minute… Sometimes, it’s just hard to feel motivated.

Maybe you have things going on in your life that are distracting you, exhausting you, or weighing you down. Maybe you’re stressed and feeling down after a hard day. Maybe you’re just worn out from riding the roller coaster of emotions that many of us are on, especially in 2020. 

There are a million reasons you might be feeling unmotivated, but the fact of the matter is, sometimes it’s just hard to get things done.

When that feeling strikes, you might catch yourself doing anything and everything – on purpose or inadvertently – to distract yourself from work at your nonprofit. Endlessly scrolling through social media, searching for new recipes for cheesy casseroles and chocolatey desserts on Pinterest, reading the news, online shopping. I know – I’ve been there.

There’s a big downfall with all that self-soothing distraction though – at the end of the day, it doesn’t make you feel any better. In fact, it might even make you feel worse because you’ve wasted an entire day being unproductive – and that’s not who you are.

What’s a nonprofit leader to do? Sometimes you just can’t muster the energy. Sometimes things just seem too hard.

Next time you feel unmotivated, remember this timeless quote:

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

- Confucius

Here are three things you can do to keep your nonprofit moving forward, even if you feel unmotivated:

  1. Make a List of Grants to Apply for. Research new grants to apply for and add them to a list of grants you want to re-apply for. Here are a few grant search resources that you can easily spend some time combing through:



Google Ad Grants

GuideStar  (Not for grant research, but it has tons of up-to-date information on thousands of nonprofits that is so helpful!)

  1. Learn to Use Canva. The free graphic design website, Canva.com, is great for creating social media posts, infographics, letterheads, programs, presentations, invitations (the list goes on) for your nonprofit. The more you practice creating with Canva, the easier it is to use, and the better you become at being your own graphic designer. Turn on some relaxing music and start creating – you’ll start to feel better in no time.

Here are free tutorials Canva has to help get you started

  1. Binge Listen. If you just don’t have anything to give today, try intake instead! Listening to a podcast or watching videos with helpful or inspiring information or stories could be just the ticket to lighting that fire within you again, or at least a good way to get tips and tricks to help you in the future.

Did you know before Unlocking Your Nonprofit Potential was a blog, it was also a podcast? Click here to dive into the archives and listen to episodes of Unlocking Your Nonprofit Potential – each 15-minute episode has tons of great tips for nonprofits.

Remember, it’s not how fast you run the race – what matters is that you keep going. If you’re feeling out of energy and unmotivated today, don’t give up. Try one of these three things to help you take one tiny step forward today and chances are – you’ll feel better.

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