Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions. The most popular ones are often gathered up and reported in lists, which is no surprise. However, this list of popular New Year’s resolutions from the US government surprised me because they also included links to resources related to each resolution.
For example, the resolution “Eat healthy food” is linked to the Choose My Plate website, which has food trackers, meal planning features, recipes, and tips on portion sizes, healthy eating, and exercise.
The list includes more than just health-related resolutions. “Volunteer to help others” is linked to the Serve.gov website by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which has a search tool to find volunteer opportunities, service project toolkits, tips for sharing information about your service project, and the ability to register projects on the site to recruit other people to help.
I found out about IDEA through a request they listed on the Sparked Community microvolunteering page. I was open with them about my relative lack of experience and training, but they were willing to give me a chance, and were very happy with the result.
Some of the lessons learned from this experience include things like…
The international standard paper size is A4, not the 8.5×11-in paper that we use in the USA.
It is a good idea to have a few options for someone to choose from; but for other things you just have to make a decision.
Follow-up is key to any job, but especially for remote jobs where things are being sent back and forth and may end up in spam folders. Make sure that you confirm that you got something (and if you know you are supposed to be getting something and didn’t, check your spam folder or request a resend).