Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 188 – Volunteer Fatigue

Read to my kids tonight. Also, went a bit above and beyond in my new role as VP of Education for my Toastmasters club. Spent some time contacting members who hadn’t gotten on the schedule for July, and worked to squeeze them in. 

So tired

Saw this comment about fatigue from another year-long volunteering challenger, 365 Days Of Giving.

After 188 days, I certainly understand about being tired.

I understand about getting tired of finding new ways to volunteer my time. Somedays, I wonder if I really stretched myself, or only did the minimal.  There are also times that I feel pretty lonely doing this challenge. But mostly I’m just tired tonight.

I would imagine that it’s kind of like working on your dissertation for your Ph.D. Maybe it’s like trying to keep a volunteer-based club together by yourself year after year. Maybe it’s a bit like trying to lose weight for a year, or keep on an exercise program by yourself.

Although you know how much you’ve given and how much you’ve become a better person from giving so much, your friends don’t seem to understand. Frustrating. Because you want to share it.

So what can one do when volunteer fatigue sets in?

I think I’ll rest and ponder that tonight.

More thoughts tomorrow.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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