When you’re volunteering your time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that energy is finite. Many times the energy output is strong from a few hours, to a few weeks. There are those who seem to be applying for their angel wings, but for many a realistic expectation of output is important.
How to manage Volunteer Fatigue:
Understand that energy needs to be replenished. Eating, sleeping, resting, hanging with friends, reading, mowing your grass, daydreaming on your porch, having a drink can all be ways of replenishing energy.
Understand where you fit in. Perhaps the worst situation is to show up to volunteer and then stand around without any idea of what to do next.
Leadership is pivotal. Perhaps you are the leader, perhaps you need to ask for one, or perhaps you need to become one. A leader points the way, encourages, gives energy where there isn’t.
Allow time for your normal life. Budget your time where things that don’t matter, like 5 hours of TV watching a day, can give way to things that matter. Enjoy cooking a meal at, exploring Cape Town and meeting few people.
If we end up broken, exhausted, out of energy, the world will be a darker place. Manage your time so you have maximum efficiency when volunteering.