Keeping Productive - A Short Summary

Tue, 17/01/2012 - 15:38 -- nick

If you have been looking for work for a while without success, how do you keep going? This article gives you some pointers. The most important thing is to keep going whether you feel good about it or not, to get in to the kind of jobsearch routine that happens everyday no matter what. But if you feel this cycle is going stale try something different, like volunteering for a charity. These voluntary jobs help you twice over - they help you get out of the house and develop your skills, but they can also turn in to paid jobs, or at the least get you an up to date reference and fill in gaps in your CV.
'So, how long has it been? Two months? Six months? A Year?! How do you keep your productivity and motivation up while you are trying to find your next great job? It isn't easy, but these tips may help:
1. Stay in a routine If you normally wake up at 6:30am to get ready for work, wake up at that same time and get ready for your day. Since I am most productive in the morning, I set aside time in the morning to search the job boards and send out resumes. I would usually block out 2 hours to apply for jobs. But, once that block of time is up, move on to something else. You will find if you spend much more that 2-3 hours applying for jobs you will inevitably butt up against the law of diminishing returns.
2. Treat it as a blessing in disguise It's not too often that you have the time to radically alter your life and bring about that positive change you've been yearning for. Take a hard look at where you are in life and where you want to be. This is a good time for some serious introspection. If you weren't happy at your last job, think critically about what is going to make you happy.
3. Learn a new skill Nothing makes me more motivated than learning something new, and there's always something new to learn! Don't only look for the monetary payoff. Learn something that will bring purpose and happiness to your life. (e.g., photography, programming, triathlon, etc...)
4. Get out of the house Go outside and be active to get inspired! Volunteer for a cause that has meaning to you. Another great way to get out of the house is to get on and find people with like interests to have coffee with.
Being unemployed is stressful and often filled with negative connotations. But by following some of these tips, you can help turn your time of unemployment into a time of self-discovery and career exploration. Use this time wisely to center yourself before your next big venture.'
Alex R Knoll To find more tips visit the Life Tips Blog by Listening Owl.