Reset, refreshed and raring to go

I’ve just had a three-week break following a relentless, yet deeply satisfying seven month working period. I started taking the summer holidays off in 2015 when I discovered that parents of children under 18 are entitled to a certain amount of unpaid leave each year.  In 2015 and 2016 I was still employed so saved hard to enable me to afford it.  The tradition has continued to this day and is part of my annual business planning work. As well as a period of rest […]

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The trouble with vanilla

This is a guest post written by the amazing Lucy Gower of Lucidity.  I read it back in 2016 at around the time I was consdering redundancy.  It made a huge impression, and I am over the moon that Lucy has agreed to let us share this article with you today.    Over the years I’ve observed sparky, funny, passionate and clever people morph into vanilla shells of their former selves as they enter their office to get on with their professional jobs. It’s a […]

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Why I LOVE online training

This post is a celebration of online training.  There’s also a little plug at the end for the upcoming Fundraising Everywhere Festival (which I am personally very excited about).  I hope to connect with you there in the chatbox.   The world is moving online. With lockdown in place and movement restricted, the internet is our only recourse to the outside world and to the communities to whom we belong. Zoom and Houseparty are vying for second place in 2020’s ‘word of the year’ competition […]

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Business planning and avoidance tactics

Most charities I’ve worked with over the past year on the topic of business planning (amongst other things) have asked pretty much the same question, “What should we be doing right now?” Nobody really has all the answers to this, but…   Whatever your ‘silly season’ is, I can guarantee you’ll be in the midst of it thinking “I wish I’d planned better for this during the quieter times”.   I think for many of us, now has unexpectedly become that quieter time. One of […]

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Night owls, productivity (and why Tony doesn’t eat frogs either…)

I’m sure I’m not the only night owl frustrated by all the gurus telling me about being productive. I like you Tim Ferriss.  But making my bed first thing doesn’t put me in the mindset that I’m achieving things early on.  It’s flicking a duvet, not running a half marathon. Brian Tracy is going to tell you to Eat the Frog, and I get it,  but my lovely morning lark will tell you that I struggle to have a conversation first thing in the mornings. […]

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Clair can’t eat frogs (and other tales of procrastination)

Procrastination is my kryptonite, as it is for many people. The ultimate thief of time, the art of distraction, misplaced priorities and time wasting rolled into one.  I touched on this a couple of weeks ago, reflecting on the both the chaos and the opportunities presented by the corona-crisis. This week’s article goes a little deeper into the topic of procrastination. Most humans I think suffer from a degree of procrastination.  This (extremely funny) TED talk on the subject has been viewed over 37 million […]

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Making LarkOwl Digital, the ups and downs of creating online fundraising training

This article is a very honest, behind the scenes look at LarkOwl and our move towards creating online fundraising training. The world is gravitating online more and more with each passing year. Charities are starting (slowly) to recognise the importance of having a strong digital presence, especially in the context of building warm, connected audiences and through providing easy ways for their supporters to give. The recent success of Fundraising Everywhere has broken down accessibility barriers, enabling small charities to participate in quality online fundraising […]

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Productivity tips for fundraisers who are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed

Before the summer holidays, I found myself counting down the days a little bit.  I was conscious that I hadn’t had more than a long weekend off work since Christmas.  Up until July, I’d been working on four capital projects.  Keen to deliver outstanding quality fundraising for each of my clients, I was conscious that I was working through a period of intensity, possible to maintain in the short term, but unsustainable in the long term.  I was in need of either a set of […]

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Stewardship for the Self

I started my Bullet Journaling obsession about two years ago when I was relatively fresh into freelancing and was on a personal development mission.  One of the many podcasts I was listening to at the time caught my attention. The woman sounded so incredibly together, organised and focused; from her morning routine to her diet to her daily habits around running her business.  She credited so much to her Bullet Journal and I was instantly hooked. Along with a few other tools I’ve picked up […]

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