I recently read an article on beating generosity burnout. The title 😮 Really? Isn’t generosity supposed to be just that – generous? So why talk about burnout. I must, however, commend the authors for bringing in fresh thinking to the subject of giving. And whilst the article is geared to helping the employee achieve work-life balance, I believe the ‘7 Habits of Highly Productive Giving‘ shared is something that can be applied to money matters too.
1. Prioritize the help requests that come your way
Giving can be prioritized and more specifically planned for in advance. How? Deciding whom you want to give to in the coming months, allocating specific amounts to give to these categories, and opening your heart to the priorities (read emergencies) of others.
2. Give in ways that play to your interests and strengths to preserve your energy and provide greater value
While Grant & Rebele’s article refers to managing workload, this point makes for an interesting perspective in financial management i.e. we should not feel confined or restricted to giving from our pockets but explore other avenues of giving such as offering our expertise or counsel.
3. Distribute the giving load more evenly
The generosity burnout article encourages people to refer requests to others. This alludes to the fact that we do not have to single-handedly bear a burden. Bringing others on board helps resolve a ginormous problem quickly, easily, intelligently 🙂
4. Secure your oxygen mask first — you’ll help others more effectively if you don’t neglect your own needs
To be a highly productive giver, you must cater for your needs first. A budget is one tool that allows for the effective management of one’s finances. And you know what? It is absolutely fine to say you are not in a position to help.
5. Amplify your impact by looking for ways to help multiple people with a single act of generosity
I don’t want to belabour this point so I will simply say pay those who work in your homes and organizations (generously) well and the ripple impact will be greater than great!
6. Chunk your giving into dedicated days or blocks of time…
Love this! It reiterates my previous post that giving doesn’t have to be an abracadabra exercise. It can be planned for aka chunked i.e. divided into smaller achievable portions.
7. Learn to spot takers, and steer clear of them.
I don’t necessarily agree with this thought as such is the nature of giving and a ‘taker’ label is a tad bit too harsh! BUT then again the context in which the authors lay their discussion is totally different from this post. That said, do NOT encourage dependencies, do NOT encourage debt, and more especially do NOT encourage bad manners 🙂
Do take a minute to check out the burnout article.