When you work for a nonprofit, self-care is a must.
In a sector ripe with burn-out, it’s no wonder there are zillions of articles practically screaming for us to relax! This line of work gets hard, especially when you’re a well-intentioned professional who just wants to save the world.
Whether it’s a seasonal trend or part of everyday life, we all know what it means to be busy. Tasks have this magical way of coming together all at once, threatening to bring our work worlds crashing down the moment we’re off our game.
So naturally, this is the time when everyone needs something from us.
Don’t get me wrong: I love helping my team. If I’m the best person to handle a task that moves our mission forward, that’s great! But being human, I can’t do all the things all at once. And you can’t either.
Whether you’ve been at your nonprofit for 2 months or 2 years, it’s natural to wonder what the future holds. Sure this entry-level job will cut it for now, but don’t we all want that big, shiny promotion?
So work with an eye towards the future! When we have a vision of where we want to be in our careers, we become more deliberate in the steps we take to get there.
In nonprofit, people joke that we’re all prone to multiple hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall way outside of our job description. Delivering a staff training is definitely one of those things.
Work projects really help us grow in our careers, especially when you’re first starting out. I know that many of the skills I rely on for my role — like prioritization, or managing deadlines — continue to be honed because of the projects I get to work on at my org.
So if these skills make us better at our jobs, why not adopt them when we’re off the clock too?