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The burden is slightly different for a nonprofit employee. In addition to an intimidating pile of work on your desk, you face a steady stream of people whose lives often depend on you and your organization’s assistance.
You'll need a new strategy to fight that feeling of professional fatigue.
There is no regular downtime when it comes to serving the needy and fundraising to keep a nonprofit organisation running—this never-ending demand means constant deadlines and a steady stream of emergencies.
How to Deal with it.
Falling into the trap of feeling guilty about prioritising yourself when so many people depend on you.
How to Deal with it.
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