12 Days of YNPN: Setting a Few Resolutions
With the New Year a little more than a week away, why wait until after 2016 starts to begin defining our New Year’s resolutions? Let’s get a jump start on them now.
I’ve come up with a few ideas virtually anyone in the nonprofit sector can incorporate into their routine. There may even be a few (for those of us working through the holidays) that we can introduce now.
Shall we get started?
1. CREATE AN RSS FEED – AND READ IT
Create a feed where all the new posts from your favorite non profit blogs have been compiled in one place. Adding new blog “channels” and organizing your feed into different folders is easy-peasy. There are so many different platforms to use like Feedly, Feedlind, and Instapaper.
2. INVITE SOMEONE AT ANOTHER LOCAL NONPROFIT IN YOUR CAUSE SECTOR TO COFFEE
Connect with a person (or a few people) who shares your experiences or goals. If there is another local nonprofit you think you could learn from, share your expertise with their development department. You’ll most likely be astonished at how much you didn’t know.
Working with, and understanding, other organizations is imperative to set, define, and achieve goals. If you can’t find a similar organization in your area, reach out to another professional online and set up a time to video chat.
3. TAKE A BREAK
Eat your lunch outside, do some pushups, take a walk around the block, just get away from your desk. Who doesn’t know about the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle? So you may find that a walk of quick stretch can help you refocus and get back on track when you are finding it hard to stay on task.
4. RESOLVE TO READ BOOKS THIS YEAR ON YOUR SPECIALTY OR THE GENERAL SOCIAL SECTOR
The great part about being apart of the social sector is non-stop learning. You can become more knowledgeable about fundraising, administration, marketing, and the whole nonprofit space by reading books on these subjects. Blogs can keep you up-to-date on the latest developments, but many books on social impact can give you new perspective and inspiration.
6. DON’T BURN OUT
High pressure, such as long hours and large workloads that spill past closing time, gives our social sector a very high turnover rate. Do your best to ensure you don’t burn out.
You can set a few general guidelines for yourself like “no work email after 7PM” or “no work on Sundays.” You may not always stick to your plan, but there are plenty of occasions when a task can wait.
7. RECRUIT STUDENTS FROM YOUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TO WORK
A great way to keep things interesting in the workplace is to invite youth to gain some on the job experience. Granted, this requires some planning and effort, but the payoff of exposing youngsters to our wonderful sector is well worth its weight.
You’ll more than likely not only teach them about the ins and outs of non profits, but get a extra hand at work and potentially gain new ideas regarding workflow, organization, marketing, the list could go on. You just never know until you start working with them.
8. DO GOOD TOGETHER
Get together with a few co-workers to discuss an interesting article you’ve previously shared over coffee or your lunch break. Start an email chain about a video that gives tips to increase production.
Take it a step further and enlist your fellow comrades in a competition. Have two different groups test out two different development initiatives. Get each person’s network in on the fun. When productivity and fun merge, the outcome is usually awesome.
Hopefully you’ve found some great ideas to incorporate in your 2016 routine. Let us know what else you’re resolving to do next year by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.