Metabolizing Motivation and Progress: We Wait Too Long

By the time you're ready to give them a plaque, the volunteers are burnt out.

By the time employees qualify for a sabbatical, their creative juices have run dry.

By the time enough money is available for a perfect product, the market has moved on to new interests.

We know that eating several small meals a day keeps our body's metabolism running more efficiently, yet we still skip breakfast, grab a bite for lunch on the run, and then gorge ourselves at dinner, only to lapse into a post-meal coma ... I mean, nap.

Our organizational choices are often just as shortsighted, saving up for the big day instead of making incremental contributions to what we know matters most.  So let's try …
  • thanking volunteers every week
  • offering annual sabbaticals to all staff, one day for each year of service
  • providing mini-grants quarterly or semi-annually
Small contributions now.
Immediate value gained.
Rewards compounded over time.

What other micro-investments might be worth pursuing in lieu of saving up for one big day, a day that may never come or be too late?