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.
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.
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.
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?
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.