I think we’ve all seen this video or at least know it’s meaning. And in this post I will be exploring the age old excuse for not getting involved: time.
Everyone says it. “I’m too busy.” “I just have too much on my plate right now.” While I do believe some of my peers, most of the time I will call them out. Their problem isn’t lack of time, but lack of motivation. And there are a few ways to encourage friends who make this excuse. Here we go.
#1: Help them with Time Management.
Some people just don’t know how to handle their schedule. Encourage them to have library hours earlier in the day or to limit their time on Netflix. This enables free time and hopefully time for involvement.
#2: Drag them with you to Events and Meetings.
Full out immersion. Sometimes feel scared to go because they won’t feel included, they’ll be the odd person out, or just not feel comfortable in general. But when friends travel together it can make an extremely uncomfortable situation as easy as anything. More than likely a friend will not turn you down, especially if there is food involved!
#3: Make an incentive out of it.
People like incentives. Food, money, freebies. Anything that requires minimual effort for something in return. One trick that I’ve used is the “free lunch” method. I always offer up free lunch if they attend a meeting/event with me. It works about half the time, so not very successful, but still.
#4: Bring it to them.
Now this is extreme. Forcing the involvement on them. Bringing members of the organization around, talking inncesantly about it, leaving various literature around the apartment. It can be a lot of work, but if you’re as committed to getting someone involved like I am, these are measures that have to be taken.
See we’re all just a little bit happier when we get involved. So encourage, push, drag, bribe your friends to join you. It won’t take a lot of effort once they understand the benefit, but it will be well worth your time getting them there.
Have a great week everyone, stay classy!