Six Tips to Increase Productivity
As a leader in a nonprofit organization, there are many daily tasks to complete and even more unplanned situations that arise to thwart your plans. With the endless list of things you should be working on, it can be easy to let still important but non-priority items slip through the cracks. Though it feels more like playing catch up than it feels like you’re procrastinating, there are probably still a few items on your list that seem too daunting to begin. And in light of National Procrastination Week last week, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you and your board members increase productivity.
- Set high expectations for the next day. Finding optimism before each new day will alter your perspective and start your day off better. What is it you’re looking forward to tomorrow? Plan to wake up early and start being productive earlier. A study by the American Psychological Association in 2012 indicates, “Early risers feel happier and healthier than self-proclaimed night owls.”
- Go to bed. We’ve all heard this one, and know it to be true, but often we make up excuses for ourselves about needing to get more work done or being too restless. But avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening, as well as minimizing screen time at night, can help you to get a good night’s rest to better prepare for the next day.
- Tackle the hardest task on your to-do list first. Often, it can feel good to get a lot of minor tasks crossed off the list, but deep down, you know there is a large, daunting task looming over you. By the end of the day, that’s the last thing you want to deal with. Knock the hard task off your list first and the rest of your day is smooth sailing.
- Set goals often. Before each day, before each board meeting, before each event, etc. Set goals to keep yourself and your team on track. While other important topics and tasks might be accomplished when the conversation goes off track, having set goals will draw the crowd back into the essential notes at hand.
- Remember the word “no”. Especially in a nonprofit organization striving to help others in need, it can be difficult saying no to various requests and events to participate in. But it is more beneficial for everyone to know how much weight your team can carry and how much work is too much. When you have too much on your plate, both your organization and the people you are trying to support will feel the negative impact and consequences.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You get busy. Things come up. But that shouldn’t hinder the success of your organization. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it most, no matter what’s needed nor the size of the task.
At Raising Help, we’re here to do just that – offer assistance to nonprofits in need of a marketing strategy, development and/or communications plan. If you could use support in your organization in any way, let us know! We’d love to work with your team to further your mission and strengthen the productivity of your team.