When you work for a nonprofit, self-care is a must.
In a sector ripe with burn-out, it’s no wonder there are zillions of articles practically screaming for us to relax! This line of work gets hard, especially when you’re a well-intentioned professional who just wants to save the world.
What expertise do you bring to your organization? Because most of us with any sort of technical knowledge – event planners, grant writers, system admins – all have one big thing in common.
People always need something from us.
As our orgs grow, so do the needs of our staff. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with requests, or find yourself repeating the same instructions to people over & over… then it may be time to streamline. Let’s turn that task into a process!
Why a process?
A smart process does wonders for our productivity. Guidelines & timelines help keep us accountable, minimize errors, and set expectations at our org.
The result? We’re enabled to produce our best work in a timely fashion, without having to lose our minds.
Whether it’s a seasonal trend or part of everyday life, we all know what it means to be busy. Tasks have this magical way of coming together all at once, threatening to bring our work worlds crashing down the moment we’re off our game.
So naturally, this is the time when everyone needs something from us.
Don’t get me wrong: I love helping my team. If I’m the best person to handle a task that moves our mission forward, that’s great! But being human, I can’t do all the things all at once. And you can’t either.
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 →
Work projects really help us grow in our careers, especially when you’re first starting out. I know that many of the skills I rely on for my role — like prioritization, or managing deadlines — continue to be honed because of the projects I get to work on at my org.
So if these skills make us better at our jobs, why not adopt them when we’re off the clock too?