Knowing is Not Doing

Doesn’t it feel good to get things done? We all love feeling productive, but so often it can seem like you are super busy and yet not accomplishing much.

I don’t have all the answers, but I can tell you that reading up on time management, organizing your emails, straightening your desk, or making amazingly complicated to-do spreadsheets won’t get you there.

Want to know why?

There is a big difference between knowing and doing. For the most part, you know what to do. You just aren’t doing it.

Take getting into shape as an example. We all know we need to eat less, eat different foods and move our bodies more. It’s not a problem of knowing; it’s a problem of doing.

The point is to get going.

It’s the single biggest commitment we have in our consulting practice when working with clients. We don’t want people to just know – that’s being one of those consulting firms who give you reports that sit on the shelf – we want you to do. We want you to meet your goals. We want you to get into action. 

A few tips I suggest to get out of busy into productive are:

What are you committed to doing today? Go get it done.

Amy Varga

Amy Varga


Amy Varga is a beloved fundraising trainer, coach and consultant. She and her team at The Varga Group have guided over a hundred nonprofit clients to raise millions of dollars through their services in capital campaign counsel, major gifts training, leadership coaching, and board development projects.