Five summer ideas for a better year

publication date: Aug 16, 2018

Summer time is the perfect time to set yourself up for a great fall and winter. Whether it is taking that long vacation so you are fully refreshed or taking advantage of the slower pace to get ready for the upcoming busy season, summer is a great time to do what matters for you. Here are five tips to make sure you take full advantage of this time.


You have the time, why not surprise your top five volunteers with a "thank you" - a quick note as simple as "As we head into the fall, I was thinking about how much time you generously donate to [charity]. Thank you for your hard work." With more time, do the same for your top five donors. 

Our sector is notorious for not thanking people and what a nice surprise for your most important supporters.

Take at least one day off for yourself

In our sector, we often spend too much time working too long. So give yourself permission to unplug for one day. There is something especially blissful about a day off in the middle of the week. So take at least one day to recharge your own batteries (no staying home and doing the laundry on this day.).

Do one thing you hate for one day

Do you have a file cabinet stuffed full of direct mail from 1992? An inbox so full you keep running into size limits? Take one day, just one day, and get that problem under control. In November, you will thank yourself for this.

Try one new thing

Give yourself the chance this summer to come up with one experiment - one new thing - to try. Whether it is A/B testing your eBlasts, a new format for your annual report, or something really off the charts, think of something new to pilot this next year. If you don't innovate, you fall behind so this is your chance to innovate.

Get your house in order

Seriously, is there one task at home that makes it feel less restful? Maybe it is that one closet? Maybe it is that pile in the corner? Maybe it is your freezer. Leave work exactly at 5pm one day, come home, heat up a frozen meal (or get pizza), put on a podcast, set a timer for 120 minutes and tackle that problem area. It is the perfect chance to make your home more calm for you. October you will thank you for this. 

Ann Rosenfield is the Editor of Hilborn Charity eNews. She is really good at this list - except the part of tackling the problem task at home. She plans to tackle her closet this summer so that this article doesn't make her a hypocrite.

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