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Remote Working Tips from a UP Nonprofit Leader

This post was written by Jenna Thompson, Executive Director of Presbytery Point Camp in Michigamme, Michigan. Jenna has an office at camp in the Photo of Jenna Thompson, Executive Director of Presbytery Pointsummer, and works remotely from her home in Marquette the rest of the year. Presbytery Point Camp is a Christian camp that seeks to help people deepen their awareness of God, each other, and the natural world by providing a camp program and a setting in which personal growth can take place. 

10 Tips for those who have to work/study from home.
From a person who’s been doing it since last summer.

1. Do not work in your bed. Move to some other part of your house. Your sleeping pattern and back will thank you (posted from me working in my bed – SIKE!)

2. Don’t set timers for your breaks. Set timers for your work time so there isn’t any pressure while you’re on a break.

3. Coffee from home tastes the same as coffee from your local bean shop. It is also cheaper.

4. Lo-fi Beats playlist on Spotify is the ULTIMATE get work done music. Thank me later.

5. Try not to do chores while working/studying. Get them done before or after your allotted time.

6. Try not to snack all day. Eat when you usually eat at work/school.

7. Dress comfy but not too comfy. I’ve found that when I still dress like I normally would in public I get more done. Maybe it’s just me but if I wear sweats and a hoodie I am prone to taking mid-day naps more than I would in jeans.

8. Check-in with friends & co-workers. Send them funny memes. Take a few social media breaks. BUT turn off all your notifications for these apps on your phone and don’t keep tabs open on your computer. (I am very guilty of this)

9. Wear headphones even if you’re home alone. This just helps me stay focused on my work. If I hear something beeping or the TV, I’m automatically distracted.

10. Go for a walk or hike. Stretch your legs. Maybe don’t go to the gym right now but get out of your house for a little bit so cabin fever doesn’t kick in too soon.

Supercharge September Board Trainings

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is readytohelpnonprofitorganizationssupercharge theirboard this September. Register As a follow up to Board Development Month held last January, Supercharge September will feature trainings that dive into advanced board development topics. “January Board Development Month wasahugesuccess!We had 57 organizations from across theU.P.thatattended,” saidAmy Quinn, CEO of Grow & Lead. “We… Continue Reading

Demarra Gardner named U.P. Nonprofit Conference Keynote Speaker

Demarra Gardner named U.P. Nonprofit Conference Keynote Speaker

Demarra Gardner is principal and lead consultant of Change Agent Consulting (CAC)-a full service organizational development consulting company based in Kalamazoo that has been in operation since 2007. CAC is comprised of a dynamic team of consultants who provide organizational assessment, strategic & business planning, fund development, program development, leadership development, evaluation, coaching, start-up, and… Continue Reading

Kyle Caldwell and Matthew Downey named Keynote Speakers

Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Matthew Downey, Nonprofit Services Program Director at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy,  have been named the Keynote Presenters for the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference. Caldwell, who will open the conference, has led organizations in government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He has taken on leadership… Continue Reading

Building Staff Morale

Building staff morale is not as complicated or difficult as it may seem. I know a lot of supervisors and managers struggle with building staff morale, but if you keep in mind just a few simple ideas, you can begin to change the culture and morale of your office. Be sincere, authentic, real. People see… Continue Reading

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

The start of a new year has many of us setting goals, whether at work or in our personal lives. Pick goals that motivate you If you are setting a personal goal, start with something you really want to accomplish and are motivated to work on. Don’t start with the most dreaded item on your… Continue Reading

Getting Ready for 2017

Getting Ready for 2017

As we approach the end of year and the start of a new one, folks will begin making their New Year Resolutions. We often laugh at them or make fun of them, but secretly we all have those nagging things that we wish we could change. So we continue each new year to consider improvements in ourselves. Likewise,… Continue Reading

Nonprofit Conference Workshops Announced

Nonprofit Conference Workshops Announced

Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members in attendance at this year’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops designed to create a lasting impact in their communities. The 2016 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will take place Thursday, October 13, at Northern Michigan University. This year’s theme is “Build… Continue Reading

What is this Mastermind thing?

What happens when you put 3-5 people that work at nonprofits in the U.P. on the phone to with little to no agenda? Magic. Pure Magic. A few years ago, we had the idea of creating peer learning circles for nonprofit executive directors in communities across the U.P. In theory, it was a great idea.… Continue Reading

Getting the Most Out of Professional Development Conferences

Getting the Most Out of Professional Development Conferences

At the end of June, I spent a week in Downtown Detroit at the American Express Leadership Academy, Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) and Michigan MSO Retreat. Talk about a jam packed week! With all the information flowing my direction, I had to make some adjustments to my plan to… Continue Reading