When you work in or volunteer for an organization or are involved in public service, you’re life can get crazy! This is especially true if you’ve also got a family and career to manage. You have to find time and balance for the different “hats” you wear. This is not always easy, which means time for advocacy can seem impossible. This is one of the primary reasons people sit on the sidelines and don’t get involved. But what are the other reasons? In my next few blogs, I’ll highlight the seven most common roadblocks and a quick tip on how you can avoid them.
#1 – Time Constraints
This is one I hear frequently. Believe me I understand! Between work, family and your public life or service in your community, there’s often not enough hours in the day. So here’s a strategy to make sure advocacy becomes part of your regular routine.
Schedule time for it on your calendar every week just like you would a business meeting or time with your family. And by this I mean actually put an advocacy meeting with yourself on your calendar. It is best if you schedule it at the same time every week (or day if you desire), so it becomes routine. The important thing is to make it a priority and not let other distractions get in your way.
You can schedule 15 minutes four times each week, 30 minutes twice a week, etc. You get the idea. And if you do the math, you’ll realize your advocacy will take no more than 1 hour each week…maybe. Depending on your advocacy goals, it could take even less time. Additionally, just like you would prepare in business, think about what you want to accomplish during your advocacy meeting and create a brief agenda or to do list. That way you’ll stay on track and complete the desired tasks.
Your Partner in Advocacy….Kathy