There’s a saying that, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy person’.

And we can all relate to the occasional bout of procrastination… until we’re faced with a deadline! We’re often at our most productive when we’re busy, it’s how we thrive, it’s what drives us and means you finish the day feeling fulfilled.

But there must be method in the madness. If you’re going to be busy, don’t be a busy fool. Do things that reflect your values, your interests and your expertise.

I’ve suffered from eczema for most of my life. In my early PR career it was so disfiguring I found making eye contact difficult. Today, I volunteer as a trustee of the National Eczema Society and with my son now suffering as I did, I’m driven to get the eczema voice heard. The meetings in London and lending my PR expertise is as rewarding as it is demanding.

As a Governor of Bradford Grammar School, I use my Bradford Chamber experience to support the next generation of employees and my PR experience lends itself to supporting the development of the school’s profile.

Being one of the volunteers who took Ilkley Carnival from an unprofitable event to one which has raised more than £70k for the local community in six years, constantly fuels my continued PR role.

And 17 years’ membership of Bradford Chamber puts me in a strong position to volunteer my time as Vice President, using my experiences as a member and a business owner to be a voice for the wider business community.

I’m involved because my experience is relevant – but what I gain in return is continual personal and professional development. I’m introduced to scenarios, people, places and opportunities that would simply pass me by if I’d said no.

We all have to think carefully about taking on extra work that takes us outside our expected roles and responsibilities. But if you know you can make a difference to a business, a school, a charity or a cause, your time and generosity will undoubtedly be rewarded in ways you don’t even know yet…

“Give the world the best that you have and the best will come back to you.” Madeleine Bridges


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