No matter what job you have, I am sure you can agree with me that work is stressful. Deadlines, projects, meetings, and the more than occasional late night are common denominators for all of us. As jobs become increasingly time consuming and mentally demanding, finding ways to alleviate stress throughout the work day is critical to our stability and well-being.
As Creative Science Labs’ lead project manager, I am constantly looking for ways to be more productive, more efficient, and better at managing my time. Countless times I have said, “...if only there were a few more hours in the day,” but I have found that with proper preparation and an adaptable mindset, you can create those hours you’re missing.
I’m usually reluctant to make New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, until this year I had made good on my resolution in 2011 to never make them again.
On Monday I sat in a meeting with a team member and we talked about how our blog was performing. We pondered if the content topics were interesting enough, if the posts were getting enough traction, we even wondered if we might need to change our content strategy all together.
As each day passes, there’s an increased need to find solutions for the many problems we face, both big and small. In that search, it’s common to first look at what relevant experiences you have and try to “connect the dots” between them to sketch out a concept for what might work. But I think there’s another important step, one that would enable you to draw a more refined vision for success from learnings or resources from your connections and networks. It’s why of late, I make a conscious effort to “collect the dots” before I connect them .
According to Greek legend, the first man to run a “marathon,” Pheidippides, dropped dead after he finished his 26.2-mile trot to tell the people of Athens of the victory against the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. So why would anyone want to take on this endeavor voluntarily ? For some people, it’s about the physical challenge. For some, it’s about maintaining a fitness plan. For me, it was about learning what I am capable of and what it takes to achieve success.
I know, I know -- summer isn't even over yet, and we're already talking about end-of-year (EOY) campaigns. But just like retailers, nonprofits are finding that they have to get on the ball with planning for one of the biggest fundraising windows of the year earlier than ever. Before you know it, it will be November, when things really start to get crazy.