Tag Archives: Project Management

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 HECK NOPE, then this one’s for you. Let’s get into it.

Whenever we talk about doing mission-driven, passion-fueled work, we never 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 could even make for an interesting topic.

But as a blog centered on nonprofit worker productivity, we can’t not talk about it! Documentation is key to how we make a lasting impact at work, drudgery and all.

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11 Tech Tools to Better Manage Requests

How do you organize your work requests? Have you got your system down?

I’ll be honest: when it comes to task management, I’ve started, abandoned and restarted systems. It’s easy to let ourselves get disorganized when things get chaotic!

But for requests that involve staff (or other constituents), it’s never a good idea to let this slide. You need to proactively capture those needs, stakeholders, and project updates. Otherwise, details slip through the cracks and communication breaks down across teams.

A good process keeps us covered here. We know how to build a framework that guides us in executing requests. We’ve also figured out how our colleagues should reach out to us. Now it’s accountability time: how do we document and manage that process from start to finish?

Grab a coffee. Let’s talk systems.

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How to Create an Intake Process for Staff Requests (Pt 2)

Have you ever spent unnecessary time on a request, all because you & your colleagues weren’t on the same page? *raises hand*

It’s not a great feeling! But that’s what happens when you don’t organize those requests early on. If you write content for your org, create reports, build lists, or do anything that requires even the slightest bit of niche expertise….let’s chat.

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How to Build a Process Framework (Pt 1)

A while ago, I shared tips on how to build a staff process that people can actually follow. Because when you start getting overwhelmed with requests, a process is key to staying cool and organized.

We did the first step of clarifying how these requests play out in our orgs today. We’ve got notes on everything that matters: the types of requests we get, the needs of our requestors and our own team’s capacity. (If you haven’t read that first post, you’ll want to start here.)

Now that that’s done, we need to translate those points into a living, breathing process. That’s a big leap, especially when you’re not used to doing it!

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