Share Your New Year’s Resolution [+ Giveaway]

End-of-Year-GiveawayHappy New Year! Today is our last book giveaway of the holiday season. We’ll announce all the winners tomorrow.


My New Year’s Resolution

Here it is: Limit the Plan, Work the Plan, Enjoy the Plan

I need to LIMIT what I put on my schedule and what I want to create. I come up with far too many ideas and love the variety, but then don’t have the energy to do my best on the important things. I’ve come up with a few criteria to help me decide whether something should be in that limited plan or not.

I need to WORK the plan so I reserve time on my calendar not just to create great content, but to market or share that content too. And then I have to stick with the plan and stop waiting until the last minute to do everything.

Finally I need to ENJOY the plan! When you are self-employed, if you aren’t thoroughly enjoying your work, you only have yourself to blame. When I don’t like my job, it’s almost always because I am trying to do too much in too little time. I can control that.

Today’s Contest:

Comment below with your New Year’s Resolutions related to your work. Winners will be randomly picked from comments made by Friday, January 3rd. You can also share on this Facebook post.

Books we will be giving away include:

  • Facebook Marketing for Dummies by John Haydon, Paul Dunay and Richard Krueger
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath, and Dan Heath
  • Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work by Dan Roam
  • Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
  • Guerrilla Marketing for Nonprofits: 250 Tactics to Promote, Recruit, Motivate, and Raise More Money by Jay Conrad Levinson, Frank Adkins, and Chris Forbes
  • The PayPal Official Insider Guide to Online Fundraising by Jon Ann Lindsey
  • Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission from NTEN

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  • Kelly Bray

    Too many resolutions. Where to start. I want to – even if my non-profit says we’re not ready – put a communications plan together. No, I WILL put a plan together. I WILL develop SMART goals for my projects. I WILL not say yes to every project that crosses my desk. I WILL demonstrate value in my work!

    • Kivi Leroux Miller

      Go Kelly Go!

  • Jill Stoller

    My New Year’s resolution is to not allow the constant stream of email to derail my focus and daily action plan. I’m scheduling time to take care of email and turning off the notifications in order to focus on what really needs to get done.

    • Kivi Leroux Miller

      That’s always been a tough one for me too!

  • SeeW

    I will set aside half a day each week to do nothing but donor touches. This can include making random thank-you calls, calling to schedule meetings, sending personal emails with a recent article about our organization, writing random thank-you notes, etc. The real beauty of it is that I won’t just focus on major donors. Instead I’ll treat ALL donors like they’re major donors…because they are!

    • Kivi Leroux Miller

      Love it! Let us know how it goes!

  • Angie

    Manage stress by implementing & refining more efficient systems. Our editorial calendar is a biggie.

  • Susan Savkov

    I’m new to the nonprofit marketing world so my New Year’s Resolution is to help us build our network of connections and community through a targeted marketing and content plan. I’m going continue growing my knowledge of nonprofit marketing fundraising and events. It’s going to be a good year.

    • Kivi Leroux Miller

      Welcome to our world Susan! :) You’ve come to the right place.

  • Meredith Batley

    I resolve to move my major communication deadlines up by two weeks so that when I wait to the very last second to get an appeal mailed it’s not actually a crisis, and I am determined to keep our facebook page interesting and relevant with engaging weekly posts!

    • SeeW

      Ha! I’m with you on the communication deadlines! Two weeks LATE is just not working for me. :)

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  • Jacqueline O’Donnell

    I love your resolutions! (check out @promiseorpay if you want to put your (charitable) money where your promise is)
    My resolution is to be fearless – so every time I feel my stomach constrict and I know somewhere deep inside is a little fear about the task at hand, I’m putting that task top of my list! (well… within strategy!)
    One thing I’ve already learned is that often those tasks I put aside are actually things I want to say no to but instead I leave for later… no more! If I’m not going to do, I’m just saying so up front! Saves me a lot of time and energy.
    And hand in hand with this, I’m going to get the help that I need, even though it means admitting that I’ve not been very good at doing things I thought I’d be good at :)

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