Today we’re doing quarterly planning and it makes me want to curl up into a ball of misery, but a few good things happened.
For some reason, the admins set me up with the wrong profile in our planning tool, so I have all these functions I probably shouldn’t. I used my new-found powers for good to help people set things up.
Also, I am active in a mutual aid group in my area and one of the folks I volunteer with is being overwhelmed and overworked and we had a really good conversation. I’m going to leverage some of my project manager skills to help organize what is being done and help them offload it.
I think the general problem is that most people need something concrete to be more involved. We’ve got a few dozen people who have said they’d be willing to do more in the group, but getting them involved is struggling. I think if we could put up a list on ye olde facebook and be like “task 1 – every other week, takes about an hour” “task 2 – once a month plus some emails, 30 minutes active time” etc it would be easier to get people involved. It can feel overwhelming if people don’t know expectations.