Category Archives: Work

Trello or Asana? A Skeptic’s Take on Two Productivity Tools

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 dont. 😞 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.

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My team doesn’t know what I do.

I sort of got in trouble at work recently.

Don’t worry – nothing actually offensive took place on my part. My job isn’t in jeopardy, I’m not on probation, or anything like that! But I had an exchange with one of my directors, and as far as I’m concerned, I’ve definitely made a mistake in my role. Let’s dive in.

Anyone who manages a database knows that the job has it’s less-than-glamorous moments. Not that anyone would call this work glamorous…which is precisely why I love it.

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5 Great Reasons to Document Your Work

If you won the lottery and left your job tomorrow, could your org pick up where you left off?

If you’re thinking NOPE, then this one’s for you. Let’s get into it.

When we talk about doing mission-driven work, we hardly ever talk about documenting it al. That’s cause when you’re already so busy, this can be a drag! Documentation is the grunt work of event-planning with all the thrill of watching paint dry.

Writing this post, I was skeptical this would even make for an interesting topic.

But we can’t just ignore this topic! Drudgery aside, documentation is key to how we make a lasting impact at work. Plus I’m in documentation purgatory right now. …so I can personally attest, this task is so worth your while to do early. 😇

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We all need to do better in our team meetings.

Okay, let’s get into this. Confession time.

When I first started working, I LOVED meetings. They were my chance to hear from folks higher up the chain about what the heck was going on at my org! Plus, I wasn’t that busy…back then.

4 years later & everything’s changed. I’m a seasoned grump that has way too much on her plate, which means I’m dodging calendar invites like Leon from the Matrix. If that’s even his name. Is that his name?

Anyways.

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