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Sometimes, I just don't have it in me. And I am sure that happens to you sometimes, too. I love what I do, but there are times when the work comes harder than usual. Here are a few simple ways that I push, pull, or prod myself into getting the job done.
According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, our daily consumption of information has reached a level equivalent to 174 newspapers every day, a dramatic increase from 30 years ago. It is no wonder, then, that we seek tools to effectively organize and retain this information and to increase efficiency. No one can deny the contribution that technology has made to the efficiency and effectiveness of the grants profession (could we even survive without Excel?!). But let's not forget the sometimes subtle value that lower-tech tools can bring to our work, even in the digital age.
In January 2016, newly relocated to Arizona, I decided to go cheer on the University of Arizona team at the Oro Valley Triathlon. Watching the TriCats - in bathing suits, but unfazed by the breezy 45oC conditions - inspired me to jumpstart my training. I was determined to take advantage of a swimming coach, and found out that as a UA employee, I was allowed to join the TriCats!