2016 is here. It’s a new year and a clean slate. It’s full of promises, plans, and of course, New Years’ resolutions. Amid resolutions to eat more leafy greens, get into the gym, or call loved ones more regularly, one of the most popular resolutions every year is to volunteer more of your time. At VolunteerSquare.com we applaud everyone who undertakes commitments to more volunteering, but resolutions have a habit of being placed on hold, neglected, or abandoned altogether as the year moves along.
Here are some tips on how you can keep the goodwill going.
Saying you want to volunteer is a very broad term. Doing what? What type of agency do you want to work with? What types of problems are you interested in solving? Just knowing what you really want to do as a volunteer will make a big difference in your commitment to your goals.
2. Create sub-goals
So your goal is to volunteer and you’ve established a specific direction. Then what? Continue creating a path for yourself in your road to New Years’ volunteering in 2016. Maybe you want to volunteer in order to meet one new person every day. Maybe your goals could be work-related, such as writing one new press release every day that you volunteer. Be creative!
3. Be Realistic
As we’ve discussed often, volunteers are scheduling time around work, relationships, school, and a variety of other commitments. Commit to a specific time so that you can keep to a schedule, and more importantly, don’t overdo it!
4. Be Self-Helping