Time Management for the Busy Nonprofit Professional

It strikes me as ironic that I’ve attempted to write this post a number of times already, each time failing because I got a call, email, had to run to a meeting, or anything else that happens on any given workday.

That’s the way it goes, isn’t it???  Our time is full – of emails, campaign cabinet meetings, alumni association conference calls, event planning, reunion gift updating, letter writing, and more!  Whatever it is you do week in and week out, you have competing priorities, projects, and deadlines, all filling up your day.

[TANGENT]  It’s interesting to negotiate the mission, vision, and overall purpose of this blog/website in its early stages of existence.  I have diverse interests and challenge myself to find ways to tie those interests into my posts without losing sight of the What Gives Philanthropy tagline: “A blog dedicated to philanthropy and fundraising“.  It can be hard to achieve this when my mind is bursting with a variety of ideas, so please excuse me if I ever deviate…

…or don’t excuse me!  Comment on this post and tell me to get back on course.  [END TANGENT]

The reason I’m prefacing this post with all this is because I’m talking about time management.  Is this a topic specific to philanthropy and fundraising?  NO.  However, as always, I’m putting this in the context of my work in this field.

The fact is that we’re always going to be busy – it’s always just a matter of how busy.  So, the important thing is to find the best way to manage our time.  How do we organize our priorities???  What should we be doing first when we arrive at the office in the morning???  We all have our own tricks & strategies and that’s important, but here’s a research article by Susan Fish at Charity Village that may offer you some guidance (including a strategy from yours truly):

Time Is On Your Side: Time Management for the Busy Nonprofit Professional

 

Written by Maeve Strathy

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Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in educational fundraising for the past 6 years.  Click here to learn more about Maeve.

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