Back to Paper: My Trial with a Written Planner

*Note: the following is NOT an advertisement. Just a gal, sharing thoughts on a planner.

I take pride in being organized at work. Not only do I feel more efficient, but I enjoy building trackers and project plans to stay on task and get things done.

Lately though, as I’ve taken on more responsibility, I’ve been feeling scrambled. Continue reading

5 Tips for Quickly Designing a Flyer in Word (with GIFs!)

Have you ever been asked to build, or modify, a flyer during your nonprofit career? Whether you’ve worked in program services, volunteer management or development, I’m guessing the answer is yes. It’s certainly happened to me more than a few times!

If you’re Illustrator savvy, this isn’t a big ask. But if not, you’ve probably wondered ‘where do I begin? And WHY can’t we just contract this out to someone else for crying out loud?’ Continue reading

Writer’s Update – September 5, 2017

For those who are curious about the person behind the blog, here’s a quick update on what’s been happening.

If you’re subscribed to my (formerly weekly) email digest, then you may have noticed some weeks go by without a peep from me. OR, if you check this site frequently, then you might’ve noticed a lag. I took an unplanned break in August for one simple reason: I was beat. Continue reading

The End of Summer Checklist: 10 Ways To Get Work Ready for Fall

If there’s one thing I can count on about this season, it’s the fact that it flies by every single year. Seriously, where did August go?

But this is not the time to lament the end of summer and long days at the beach; after all, who doesn’t love the fall?! Continue reading

10 Tips for Delivering A Staff Training When You’re NOT A Trainer

In the nonprofit sector, there’s this joke (sort of?) that we are prone to multiple-hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall outside of our job description, to keep things running smoothly. This summer, I’ve definitely fallen victim.

I’ve been tasked with getting my team up to speed on our new CRM software. Though I’ve played a big role in the setup and implementation (already complicated in its own ways), training others presents an ENTIRELY different set of challenges. Continue reading

Here’s the Deal with Salesforce and Nonprofits

I’ve worked with quite a few organizations that use Salesforce, and I’m even helping one organization transition to it now. After years of dabbling in the platform, I’ll quickly say this: I really do love it.

That’s not to say that the system is perfect, or even super intuitive to use. In fact, some of the complaints I’ve heard in the sector is that Salesforce can be clunky and complicated. Nonprofits just want to deliver on their mission and have the data they need to do it effectively. Why then, is Salesforce so difficult to figure out? Continue reading

6 Life Lessons from My Solo Trip to New Orleans

To be honest, I don’t plan enough trips for myself.

It’s not that I’m short on vacation days. I actually tend to scramble at the last minute every year to use them up before my work anniversary. (*Tip:* never let your vacation days expire. You earned them.) It’s the process of setting a date and destination, and planning an intinerary, that gets lost on me. I’m also not great at finding travel buddies at the last second, and I generally avoid solo travel to keep my worrisome mother a little saner. Continue reading