HumourJuly 22, 2019

How to vacation like a (nonprofit) boss

If you are a nonprofit professional who is terrible at relaxing, some of these tips might help.
2019-09-30 00:00:00 India Development Review How to vacation like a (nonprofit) boss
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Nonprofit AF asked its Facebook community for pro-tips on how to maximise the gains from one’s vacations. Here are some of our favourite ones:


Angela Forfia: “Make a logic model with short, mid, and long-term relaxation goals. Develop a sustainability plan for your vacation. Draft elevator pitches for all tourist attractions that you visit.”


Linda Romano: “Put up an out of office reply directing folks to a person whose out of office reply directs them to you. It’s the infinite loop approach to communication.”


Kris Bein: “Make a two-page to-do list of enjoyment and relaxation. Then overschedule these activities to give yourself that comforting, familiar feeling of being behind and late.”

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Cheri Kishimoto: “Set SMART goals that align with your vacation strategic plan to keep you focused on relaxing and sustainable vacationing practices. Take lots of notes and be prepared to do a 10-15 minute presentation to your coworkers on what you learned about relaxing on vacation.”


Nell Veeder Newton: “If you travel to a different town, be sure to bump into a local ED of a similar non-profit and spend at least an hour bitching and bragging while your family stares daggers at you.”

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Makenzie Allen Collie: “Definitely be sure to sign your out of office response as ‘I will have limited contact to email,’ but check and return emails every day.”


Tamera Rooney agrees: “Put on an away message that indicates you are on vacation. Then immediately respond to all emails. Under promise…over deliver.”


Amanda Garner Swihart: “While on vacation, it’s best to only check your work email once an hour. You deserve a break.”


Amanda Straniere: “Make sure you visit a museum so you can bring back their membership lit and map, check out their donor wall, note their interactive elements, and jot down programming ideas. Oh, and maybe look at an art.”


Jaimie Nicole: “While traveling, (literally) drag your family to local chapters of your org to see what they’re doing differently. Ask for a Tour. Enjoy family bonding time creating a strategic plan to implement some of their creative strategies at your own site, and crafting arguments for those who doubt your vision.”

You can read the complete list on NonprofitAF.

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