Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Angel Mills
Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words.
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Angel Mills is the Communications Coordinator at Georgia Organics. In her role, Angel works to advance Georgia Organics mission to connect Georgia farms to Georgia families. She is passionate about food insecurity in marginalized communities and promoting food system justice. Angel is a newbie to Atlanta. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Howard University, a master of education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and recently spent a year studying Portuguese in Brazil on a Boren Fellowship.
And this is her typical day:
Before 8:00 a.m. – I enjoy waking up between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. I typically will do a bit of prayer, reading, and journaling before I actually begin getting dressed. Right now I’m reading “All Your Worth” by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi.
I typically leave home at 8:00 a.m. and it takes me about 45 minutes to arrive to work. During my commute I either listen to music (typically of the Caribbean/Afro-beat variety) or listen to a podcast.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m – At the beginning of my workday, I prepare my breakfast at work. We have a full service kitchen. So I keep some raw meal ingredients in the fridge during the week.
When I settle down to work I check emails and catch up on the latest industry, local, and national news. I also design my work plan for the day using Microsoft Office 365 Planner.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Every other Monday we have a 1.5 hour staff meeting.
Afterward, I typically have a few minutes to check emails again and then it’s time for lunch.
I typically bring my lunch to work. Depending on the day I eat with my colleagues at our large kitchen farm table or I eat while reading at my desk.
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – After lunch, I check emails again and then continue working on tasks according to my work plan.
I have monthly meetings with each team in my organization once a month. We usually will meet after lunch for about an hour to discuss their communications needs.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – During this time, I am typically crashing a bit so I will go to the kitchen and grab a cup of tea and sometimes a snack. One of my colleagues is an excellent baker and frequently brings freshly baked bread to the office. I eat my afternoon snack at my desk while I’m working.
I will typically check my email again at this time and take inventory of what to-do list items I’ve completed and what will need to wait for tomorrow.
Today I am meeting with a new colleague to get her acclimated to our branding guide and equip her with some information regarding how we use MailChimp.
It’s during this time of day I ask myself, “What NEEDS to be completed today?” This is what I focus my energy on for the remainder of my work day.
After 4:00 p.m. – I typically leave the office around 5:30 p.m. My commute home is about an hour so I try to break it up by running errands after work or meeting with a friend.
When I arrive home I prepare dinner, relax and I am usually in bed by 11 to do it all over again tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing your day, Angel!
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