I have a confession to make.
I am not a morning person.
As a serial procrastinator, when my alarm goes off, my first instinct is always to ignore it. Not to hit snooze. Not to switch it off. Just to hope it goes away. And that the sun-rising thing is just some cosmic mis-scheduled event that will get sorted out in the next few minutes.
The most effective trick I’ve found for my ante meridiem woe?
Having baby. Problem solved.
I now no longer struggle to get up in the mornings, as my little guy wakes up at 6am on the dot, and makes his wakefulness abundantly clear.
But procrastination is not just the thief of time.
A new study out today from the Directory of Social Change suggests that more than half of grant-making trusts check the filing history of charities with the Charity Commission.
Which means that if you are struggling to get those reports in on time, you might be missing out on more than the vague sense of approval of Sam Younger, Charity Commission CEO.
You could be missing out on vital funding.
And in this cash strapped season, that is not a wise move.
So my advice to all charities would be have a baby.
Or set sufficient calendar reminders, and plan ahead to ensure that your Charity Commission reports are drafted and approved by trustees in good time.