Here’s the text of an email I sent to subscribers of the free #FollowUpFriday email list. Versions of this process helped keep me sane as a fundraiser so I thought I’d share it here.

Good morning!

Yesterday I felt overwhelmed by the demands on my time. Projects needing completing. People needing to be followed up with. Talks needing final touches.

So I took 2 hours to, in a way, follow up with myself.

You see, you are either leading your life, or you are letting life lead you. The tug of war was SO strong. The tug to just start working on projects. Putting out fires.

I knew the fires would still be there in an hour or two. So I made time for myself. I wrote about the simple structure of that time over on the Concord Leadership Group blog at:

As you start this #FollowUpFriday, perhaps you should consider taking time to remind yourself what truly matters. Then go in and follow up with others.

Whatever you do, please let us know by using the hashtag #FollowUpFriday or leaving in the comments at

To your follow up success,


Leading Your Fundraising

This process really helps you stay on track with your fundraising too. Often, fundraising and leadership can feel like a reactive game of Whack-a-Mole. Taking a step back helps you remember why you do what you do, and it helps your sort out the important from just the urgent.

How about you?

What process do you use to keep from burn out?

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