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Stay Out of Excel Hell: 7 Tips for Working with Spreadsheets

Anyone who regularly works with spreadsheets knows the anguish of screwing up said spreadsheets.

It usually goes like this. You’re powering through – filtering, sorting, formulating – until you notice that one row of data looks off. After frantically checking a few more rows, it hits you. Something went wrong in your manipulations, and now you need to start from scratch.

Maybe.

Spreadsheets are great, but they have also destroyed many a nonprofit worker’s day. Fortunately, we can do things to reduce the chance of this happening…and keep calm when it inevitably does.

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5 Reasons To Start Documenting Your Work Today

If you won the lottery and left your job tomorrow, would your org be able to 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. That’s cause when you’re already so busy, this can be a drag! To some, documentation is the grunt work of event-planning with all the thrill of watching paint dry.

Writing this post, I was skeptical that 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.

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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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10 Rejuvenating Staycation Ideas When You Need A Break

For many of us, summer is our moment. It’s the time of year when things finally slow down and we’re able to take those big trips, make time for family, or just take time to kick back and relax.

For those of us who are a bit more low-key, we may not have grand plans for our vacation time at all. That’s where staycations come in!

You don’t need to plan an expensive trip to make the most of your time off. The important thing is that we take time at all, because 1) we deserve it, 2) we need it, and 3) we can still make those breaks restful and enjoyable.

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