CALM not BUSY is the framework we created to help you understand how to manage your nonprofit’s communications work for maximum effectiveness. You should work on being more Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical (CALM) and less Bogus, Unrealistic, Sidestepping, and Yoked (BUSY).

I just finished teaching the CALM not BUSY approach via a three-hour workshop over Zoom and created a new one-pager that I thought you might find helpful too.

Here’s the PDF version.

Here’s how to use the target. The 23 CALMing actions to take are the bulleted items, organized by CALM. You start outside the big circle at either “learning” or “sometimes” — whichever makes the most sense given which action you select. Your goal is to move toward the inner circle.

During the workshop, we asked participants to pick five actions from the list of 23 to focus on first. Then we asked them to place those on the target based on where they are now (“learning, practicing, mastering” or “sometimes, often, always”).

You can do the same exercise on your own by printing out the chart.

To learn more about CALM not BUSY, check out the book on Amazon (ad link).