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Burnout of a Nonprofit employee

Burnout of a Nonprofit employee

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.

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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.

  • Schedule Time Off. Plan breaks around deadlines, even if it is only part of a day.
  • Prioritise. Focus on what's really important.
  • Take Some Time to Think. Diarise time to do deadline-free work.

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Falling into the trap of feeling guilty about prioritising yourself when so many people depend on you.

How to Deal with it.

  • Find a Community. Try scheduling dinner or a happy hour with your colleagues or finding an outside group of nonprofit workers.
  • Create Redundancy So You Can Really Disconnect. Start keeping your colleagues in the loop about all your projects—even training them to take over for you in a pinch.
  • Leverage Funding. Consider talking to your donors. Plenty of understanding foundations may be willing to schedule funding for employee wellness.

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Understanding burnout

The main reason for being burnout isn’t necessarily being overworked. It can also come from being under-challenged. 

Burnout is chronic workplace stress that can result in feelings of being drained and being increasingly disengaged and cynical about your work.

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The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

Effective goal-setting underlies the fundamental aspect of your motivation and keeps stressful situations at bay.

If you don’t set goals in positive, attainable ways, you may fall into a cycle of stress and negative emotions, hindering your decision-making, breeding a lack of creativity, and eventually making you feel mentally exhausted and burnt out.

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Understand your limitations

Burnout occurs when job demands consistently outweigh the resources available. The first thing you need to do is to set proper limits.

When you limit your time spent on specific tasks, you give yourself permission to make choices. Instead of fighting perfectionism for example, you learn to stop when things are good enough.

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