I stare at computers all day. Here’s how I protect my eyes.

I didn’t consider the impact my job could be having on my eyes, until some weird stuff started happening.

Story time, gang!

I’m a millennial whose been using laptops consistently since age 14. My screen time has only increased since, thanks to modern employment and the death of flip phones. Now that I’m in a tech role, things are only going downhill for me.

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My team doesn’t know what I do.

A story about that time I sort of got in trouble at work…and the thing I realized I wasn’t doing in my role.

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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The Self-Care Diaries: My Visit to Eastern State Penitentiary

Because visiting a possibly-haunted, centuries old prison ruin is how every nonprofit employee wants to spend their vacation time.

Note: Eastern State Penitentiary has no clue I’m writing this review about my experience. Just in case you were wondering!

Sooo I’m veering away from my typical advice-y posts, to tell you about this awesome thing you must do on your next trip to Philly.

And if you had zero plans to visit Philadelphia, welp, I’m about to change your mind.

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We all need to do better in our team meetings.

There’s more we can all be doing to make those team meetings more effective.

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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11 Tech Tools to Better Manage Requests

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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How to Build an Intake Process for Staff Requests

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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