How to Juggle Volunteering with Working
With the future of furlough up in the air, we know that many of you will have gone back to work, be searching for new opportunities or smashing it in a new role. So where does this leave volunteering?
Studies show that people who volunteer are more satisfied with life and that it gives a boost to their mental health; you shouldn’t have to give this up just because you’re back at work! We’ve compiled a handy list of ways you can juggle your Furlonteering with your full or part-time job, so you can make sure you’re still getting that feel-good factor.
Speak to the Charity
If you're already Furlonteering and your circumstances changes, make sure to check in with the charity you're working with and let them know. That way you can set out some updated volunteering hours and ways of communication together. They'll completely understand and be delighted you want to continue helping out.
Manage Your Time
If you are Furlonteering remotely, you can pick a dedicated time each week or every few days to make sure you’re up to date and checking in. Even just doing this one morning, afternoon or evening a week can make a huge difference to a charity, but leaves you all the other days to relax and recharge.
Break it into Chunks
Split your volunteering into easily manageable, bitesize chunks of time to make sure you stay on track. You can even go as far as setting a timer on your phone for an hour or two to make sure you stay focused and finish on schedule.
Play to Your Skills
Haven't started volunteering yet but want to help a charity in need? Make it easy for yourself by playing to your strengths and volunteering with skills that you've honed in your workplace or ones you are passionate about. You'll find it much easier to juggle your time if you aren't finding your volunteer work challenging.
Set Boundaries to Avoid Burnout
We know how much you want to help, but it's important to keep clear boundaries; both with the charity and personally. You want to be at your best both while volunteering and in your full-time role, so make sure you don't burn out.
Think About the Benefits
As well as the obvious plus of helping out a charity in need, volunteering can help you improve your skills, expand your network and look great on your C.V. There really are no downsides to volunteering; keep this in mind and you'll find the experience extra rewarding!
Read more about the benefits and impact of volunteering over on the NCVO.org research page.
Working full-time and still want to make a difference? Register today and you can start Furlonteering remotely with a charity that needs your skills.