Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.
As a Coloradoan with a strong passion for the environment, Megan Maiolo-Heath has a keen interest in natural resource policy, conservation, and management. Professionally, she enjoys using her nonprofit marketing, communications, and fundraising experience to further the missions of nonprofits who are working to conserve the environment. Since 2009, she has worked for Trees, Water & People as the organization’s Marketing Manager.
Here is her typical day:
Before 8:00 am: This is a bad habit, but I usually preview my work email from my iPhone before I even roll out of bed.
8:00 am – 10:00 am: Bike to office. COFFEE! Check email – answer most pressing emails right away. Look over my calendar. Create daily to-do list. Morning social media (reading, posting, commenting, responding to comments). Blog post.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Mid-morning meetings a couple times per week. Answer more emails.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm: I eat lunch at my desk most of the time, which is a very bad habit. Work on any projects I have due, like direct mail letters, newsletters, event planning, enews, graphic design, crowdfunding campaigns, etc.
I often schedule calls for later in the afternoon and I sometimes take webinars in the afternoon.
I try to take a 15 minute walk around the block after lunch – fresh air and exercise!
Website updates. Work on any unexpected projects that pop-up from the Program Staff (e.g. design a brochure, create a power point, write a press release, do a Facebook post about program news).
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: No afternoon coffee, but I do have a snack. Schedule social media posts. Plan for next day. Wrap-up any projects I have been working on, prioritized by due date. Bike home.
After 4:00 pm: Social media often requires work after hours, especially when it comes to responding to comments and questions. I often check email after hours too. I do try my best to leave work at work though.
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