Ten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Volunteering

Posted on January 29, 2016 by dmaranville

As a follow-up to my previous post on -crastination, Creativity and the Importance of Downtime, Im sharing a copy of my favorite handout for helping all of us, students and faculty alike, learn to engage in discernment around saying no, and yes.

TEN QUESTIONS

Ask yourself these questions

Before volunteering your time, skills & energy to ANYTHING!

Is there a chance I will find myself changed by this work?Does this work express my values, the things I say are important to me?Will this put me with people I want to know better?Will doing this help me know myself better?Do I enjoy thinking of myself as a person who would do this?Do I have a special gift to share?When I look back in a year or ten years, will I remember doing this?Will this make me feel more connected or more disjointed?What will I need to say NO to in order to say YES to this?Will it be FUN!

Thanks for Maylin Harndon for sharing her version of this with me.

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