For a blog that’s about nonprofit productivity, I have a bit of a confession. And if you read my last post, you probably caught it – in the section where I talk about how I manage my work tasks.
Or more specifically, the fact that I don‘t. 😞 I know. Don’t judge me, gang.
It’s not for lack of trying! I’ve stopped and started many a system – spreadsheets, Salesforce, even written planners. Once I reach a point where using the system feels like more work than help, I cut it out of my life.
But now that the demands on my job are increasing, my current “system” of inbox to calendar to memory isn’t cutting it. It’s time for this gal to change her ways.
Let’s talk about impostor syndrome, gang. Because although this blog is constantly offering advice about how to do well….like most, your girl suffers with this one from time to time!
Impostor syndrome, for those who don’t know, is a phenomenon driven by feelings of failure, inadequacy or incompetence. Psychology Today describes it as “a pattern of behavior where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.”
What makes impostor syndrome different from your average unconfidence (inconfidence? disconfidence?) is that it even happens to folks with a track record of awesomeness. Imagine the smartest person you know confessing they feel like a fake, and you get the idea.
It’s time for me to come clean, gang. For the longest time, I was not good about paid-time off (PTO).
It’s not like I don’t take my time. In fact, I’ve never let a single day expire. I’ve just been so disorganized about this in the past, that it was stressful even figuring out what to do with the time when I finally did take it.
If I haven’t said this yet, I believe all of us should use every last hour of our vacation time. For one, us workaholics need that time away to relax and reset. But more importantly, that’s time we’ve earned. This is part of our compensation, ‘money’ we’d be throwing down the toilet if we didn’t use that time!
Working for a nonprofit organization, you learn how to pick and choose your battles.
There are the small ones, like deciding if you should say something to your teammate about their less-than-stellar proofreading. Or sending that email about keeping the office microwave clean!
But as you get further in your career, bigger battles fall onto your lap. You might find yourself convincing your org to implement new system, proposing a shift in how your org executes its mission, or even moral conversations around diversity and ethics.
For the ambitious nonprofit professional, conferences are the way to go. A conference can be a great opportunity to expand your skills, build your network and learn new knowledge to propel your organization forward. As someone who personally loves learning, they really are my jam.
That said, not all conferences are made equal. And not all employers are jumping to send us there.