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New Year, New Me?

UGH, New Year's resolutions.  9 days into the New Year, are yours broken yet?  Until 2018, I had never pledged a New Year's resolution. I saw it as too easy to set large unachievable goals only to be forgotten in a few weeks-- or days.  BUT last year I gave myself one small resolution-- to bring my lunch to work every day. 

Somehow, week after week I managed to pull it off.  Sometimes it was a fancy grain bowl with roasted vegetables, most of the time it was left overs, occasionally it was peanut butter crackers.  Out of the whole year I only missed 3 days.  Not bad!  The small action cut down on food waste, made me feel better, and helped save money. 

This year, in addition to my personal New Year goals, I added a few professional ones as well.  Nothing huge or overwhelming, just a few little steps that could end up having a large impact.

Start small with me!

-    Schedule NOCA update reminders quarterly in outlook (along with any other data health services)
-    Build that one report you really need
-    Set a weekly reminder to post to social media
-    Sign up for the training you put off last year
-    Update your auto responding messages
-    Update your welcome series
-    Schedule professional development time

What are your professional and personal goals for 2019?  Small or large, share them in the comments below.


 
Posted by Andrea Parker on Jan 9, 2019 10:42 AM America/New_York

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Get those reports done, finish that training, make those updates-- great ideas Andrea Parker‍!
My 2019 professional goal is to be more proactive with scheduling time. For example, I am working on blocking off weekly time for personal and professional development, product education, and specific times each day when I will (and won't!) be checking email. I believe focusing on proactive (instead of reactive) scheduling will allow me to better prioritize assignments and provide me greater personal bandwidth. 
Happy New Year all! 
  • Posted Wed 09 Jan 2019 10:55 AM EST
You're amazing. Bringing lunch to work every day is seriously impressive! My one goal this year (in the fundraising world) is to be a CFRE. I'm taking the test next week for the first time, so wish me luck! Thank you for posting and Happy New Year!!
  • Posted Wed 09 Jan 2019 11:02 AM EST
So many great things to unpack here Andrea Parker‍   In 2019, I commit to to evolve my knowledge of Blackbaud products by getting certified in a product that scares me (looking at you FENXT). I also want to help those close to me (professionally & personally) fulfill their personal goals. I need to make that commitment to bringing my lunch in 2019 too.  I could be creating a surplus of cash to spend on sneakers. 
  • Posted Wed 09 Jan 2019 03:02 PM EST
I love your list of suggestions! For 2019 I plan on focusing on, drum role please :) Procedures, Policies, Instructions, Oh My! 

Good luck to all of you! Hopefully this time next year I will be able to say that I accomplished my goal or at least most of it.......some of it......fingers crossed!
  • Posted Wed 09 Jan 2019 08:01 PM EST
What a great list! I need to put together similar for my clients. Thanks for the push!
  • Posted Tue 15 Jan 2019 11:05 AM EST
My 2019 professional goal is to just keep developing and finding new ways to improve processes I already do. Looking forward to our down time in the summer to start taking trainings again!
  • Posted Tue 15 Jan 2019 12:02 PM EST
Great goals, Andrea, and good motivation to make some of my own!
  • Posted Thu 17 Jan 2019 09:38 AM EST
It's never to late for a resolution right? My goal is to delve deeper into features that my organization pays for that are under used.  With any product or subscription, often people overlook benefits that could be useful to efficiency. 
  • Posted Thu 24 Jan 2019 09:22 AM EST
Late to the game, but I have resolutions none the less! I love the "starting small", as it always feel good to mark something off your list! My main resolutions, both Personal and Professional are as follows:

- Be mindful of my time, and block off time daily to get admin work done, such as inbox management
- Focus on my health more, ie: walks at lunch time, bring in a healthy lunch at least three days a week, and drink a ton of water
-Think outside of the box and don't be scared to try something new- a big focus on customer communication and webinar topics - Get to know our customer base better, using sites such as the Community to engage and communicate

...I drank a lot of water while typing this, so I am already making my goals happen :)
  • Posted Tue 05 Feb 2019 10:07 AM EST