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Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits

Mindfulness

The first  Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2015 is on the theme is personal productivity.   If you’re like most nonprofit folks, you’ve probably made a few New Year’s resolutions, including being more effective at your  job. But maintaining productivity, especially online, can be challenging.  We are living and working in a world that is connected and where sacred space and deep thinking,  essential ingredients to online personal productivity and well-being,  is almost becoming extinct.

What is  personal productivity?  It isn’t about getting a million tasks done, although checking things off a to do list is a part of it.   It  includes practicing and improving attention skills, using productivity tools, technology, and processes like scheduling to do lists, inbox zero, pomodoro, or 18 minutes a day,   avoiding procrastination, mindfulness, stress reduction, work balance, keeping inspired, motivated, creative,  and more.    For me, I’m embracing walking and stillness.

How are nonprofits folks strengthening their personal productivity muscles in 2015?  That was the call for blog posts.    I received a rich selection covering this topic – from changing mindsets, new tool sets, and lots of tips on how to manage your social media, email, and work flow.  Here’s a summary

Personal Productivity Mindsets

Several posts offered us different ways to think about personal productivity in an age of unlimited choices.

  • Maura Thomas, a speaker and trainer on productivity for nonprofits and author of Personal Productivity Secrets, explains personal productivity is not time management, a 20th century idea that has outlived its usefulness in a world of email and social networks.   It is all about managing your attention. Attention creates action, produces quality and facilitates productivity.  What you give your attention to, is what determines your experiences.  Her book provides tips on how to do this more effectively.
  • John Kenyon, a nonprofit technology consultant, writes about the need for us to shift from thinking about productivity as quantity of getting things done, but to the quality of getting things done.   In his post,  he suggests finding ways to be more focused, consume less information and make the time spent on line more fruitful.   He recommends reading The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr to better understand the impact of chronic information overload, followed by his best advice about being purposeful with your attention online.

Personal Productivity in Practice

Many of the submissions from bloggers included posts that shared their personal approaches, tips, tools, and secrets to productivity:

Self-Care, Avoiding Burnout

Personal productivity is also about avoiding burnout and taking care of ourselves, something those of who work in nonprofits don’t always do well.     Creating a culture where it is okay to take care of yourself and get work done, does start with leadership.  Once in place, here are few more ideas:

Social Media Productivity Tips

Several bloggers and social media gurus, shared their best tips for taming the social media jungle and getting stuff done.

For me, I’m headed out for a walk, that’s how I stay productive.  Walking is work.  I’ll be doing a FREE webinar for Guide Star next week on healthy and productive meetings – so join me.

With all these terrific personal productivity mindsets, toolsets, and tips, we should all be ready to go out and make the world a better place and still have time to keep our passion and curiosity ignited.  To make it easy to browse, I’ve organized all the posts on a list.ly – enjoy!

Marc Pittman is hosting next month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival on celebrating your nonprofit’s cause.

5 Responses

  1. Great list Beth. Thanks for hosting the carnival.

  2. Amy says:

    Beth, thanks for this incredible list of posts! I can’t wait to review them all myself–
    I also thank you for including one of my posts among all of these greats.

  3. Pamela Grow says:

    Such a terrific curation! Thanks for hosting the Carnival!

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