Archive for December, 2008

Personal Organization Tip of the Week: Block out a work schedule on your calendar.

Posted on December 18, 2008. Filed under: Personal Organization | Tags: , , , , |


One of my favorite topics is personal organization.  Each week, to share my favorite personal tips on organization, I am going to post one for you to try.

With an increased workload I have been forced to prioritize.  And the best way I have found so far is to block out my schedule with specific times to work on different projects.  Blocking out time to work on specific items and setting an alarm for the start of new times keeps me on schedule.

At the end of each week I look over tasks for the next one and set up my blocks of work time for the week.

The schedule isn’t solid.  If a project takes me longer than I thought I rearrange the tasks behind it.  As long as I get everything done on time moving them around is okay.  Caution: Don’t allow your self to move blocks around all too often.  Trying to get a project done with in the shorter time frame allowed will help with procrastination.

Make sure to leave some time in your schedule for checking email and for miscellaneous tasks.  It’s easy to get trapped checking your email as soon as it comes in, but setting a time to check it may keep you from the distraction.  Keeping time open for miscillaneous tasks allows for projects that take more time than expected, and any projects that may come up unexpectadely during the day.  Plus, there are always those tasks that are way down on your list.

Does any one else use this method?  Any other tips for blocking out your day?

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Bill Somerville: I love his philanthropic style!

Posted on December 17, 2008. Filed under: innovation | Tags: , , , , |

grassroots philanthropy coverA few months ago I wrote a book review of Bill Somerville’s book Grassroots Philanthropy. I charish innovation int he nonprofit sector and he’s the epitome of an innovator in philanthropy.  A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle describes his thoughts on moving his philanthropic ideas nationally or internationally.  His confidence in his process is astounding!

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Social Movements: Are we gaining steam again?

Posted on December 16, 2008. Filed under: America, Making Change, Social Activism | Tags: , , , |



My interest in social movements has heightened a lot in the past few months.  Maybe its the increased civic engagement during the election.  Maybe its the amazing session I attended at Independent Sector about creating your own social movement.  Either way, I have become fascinated with how social movements work, how they get started, why people join them.  So many great things have happened because of social movements.  The fact that people can gather to solve some of life’s worst problems is rather amazing.

Today, there are many social movements working side-by-side.  Some of these movements have been working for decades, while others are just beginning.  Some current movements are Service Nation, the LGBT Movement, the Reproductive Justice Movement, and the Environment Movement, just to name a few.

I think, now is the time to take our social movements to the next level.  All the pieces are ready, the people are ready, everything’s ready!

What do you think, in economic times like those that we are experiencing right now, is there room for social movements to take precedence again?  I think so.  I’ve heard more than a few times, that the greatest things happen in times of crisis.

As part of my new year’s resolution, I am going to take some of the passion I have to move some of my own community’s movements even further.  I am specifically excited about the We Vote project with the League of Women Voters.  We began the project last year to get neighborhoods interested in voting in their local elections again.  The Voting Movement (if that’s what we want to call it) is increasing, and I think we are going to be able to make it explode this year. Heck, you never know if what you’re doing is going to make a decades of difference.

So, I want to hear from readers.  What social movements do you want to be a part of in the next year?  What issues are driving your passions right now?

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