Late Nights and Your Nonprofit

By Katie Reynolds

A recent post on Beth’s Blog discusses the most important asset you can protect in your work: your sleep.

Throughout college and into life as an adult we cultivate, either consciously or subconsciously, the mentality that “one hour less of sleep equals one more hour of productivity”. This is especially true in the non-profit sector. We fill our days with meetings, fundraising, advocacy, people–and at the end of the day we find that we only got half of what we wanted to accomplish checked off.

‘But that task list! I have to get all of that stuff done today.’ This thought is then often followed with staying up into the wee hours of the night, sacrificing sleep in hopes that dependence on caffeine the following day will make up for it.

This is a dangerous path to tread down. According to Beth’s Blog, the Sleep Health Index reports that we need anywhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. This means Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, andSunday.

‘The cause of my non-profit is worth losing sleep over,’ you may think. And you are correct! The reason we work in the non-profit sector of life is because we believe in something bigger than ourselves. We want to commit all of our abilities and hard work, that we may see the pay off of money donated to the homeless shelter, food sent to starving kids in Africa, or whatever it may be. Our drive pushes us to utilize the fullness of our abilities.

This is where we come to a pause. We know we have a lot to do. We know that the cause we fight for is worth it. But the only way we can make a difference and work productively is through our own stamina. Beth’s Blog encourages us to remind ourselves of this.

Get enough sleep, and your productivity will increase two-fold. Maybe even three-fold. Treat the asset of your body and the value it holds for your organization with the best recharge you can get.

Katie Reynolds is a Junior at the University of Iowa studying a major in Journalism and Mass Communications and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Arts Management, as well as a minor in International Studies. She works diligently at SCOPE Productions as the Assistant General Manager.

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