The project management tool your org needs to know.
Somebody get me an Asana mug, because I’m going through a phase.
For those who don’t know, Asana is an online project management tool. The free version (which I use for most of my work & blog projects) has great features for tracking tasks, deadlines and assignees.
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Many of us will experience some form of imposter syndrome at work. Here’s how to re-frame it, so that you’re more productive & effective in your org.
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.
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A slew of tech tools — ranging from the free & easy, to the pricy & sophisticated – to better manage those staff requests.
How do you organize work requests? Have you got your system down?
When it comes to project management, I’ve started and fallen off many systems. It’s easy to let yourself get disorganized as things get chaotic!
But it’s important to capture and organize those project needs and updates. Otherwise, details slip through the cracks and communication can break down.
Before we talk tech…
It’s important to remember that technology helps us implement solutions. But we’re the only ones who can actually solve our problems.
So before you jump into a new system, really think about how this tool can serve your process. Make sure you understand the nuances around requests, that you have a framework to support the tech, and that you’ve got a way to intake those staff requirements.
Let’s talk systems.
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A simple concept for something that can feel somewhat complicated.
Have you ever spent tons of a time on a request, only to realize you didn’t build the right thing? *raises hand*
It’s not a great feeling. But miscommunication can happen when you don’t have a way to organize staff requests early on.
It doesn’t matter if you write content, work with data, or submit grant applications. If you do anything highly specialized for your org….you can benefit from a solid request intake process.
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A framework is the backbone for any request process. Here’s how to build one.
When you start getting overwhelmed by staff requests in your org, that’s a clue that it’s time for a new process.
A while ago, I shared tips on how to wrap your mind around creating a new process. We did some pre-work to understand the different types of requests we get, our requestors, and our own capacity.
But now it’s time to translate those notes into a living, breathing workflow. The first step? Coming up with a defining framework.
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That feeling when the database gets lumped in with your day job 🙄.
What’s one thing that devo staff, volunteer coordinators, operations managers, HR and Program people all have in common?
At any time, we can become the database admin, too.
“Accidental admin” is the term we’ve lovingly coined to all the data peeps who never signed up for this. These are the folks who were standing closest to the database at a time when their org needed the help.
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