the most of your time.
Time is the most important asset you have, so use it wisely. It is important
to make a schedule of job search activities and when you will complete
them. Schedule appointments with yourself and put them on your calendar.
When the time comes, shut the door, turn off the phone and work on a
specific project -- write letters, make phone calls, work on your resume..
Usually a task takes more time than you anticipate, so plan accordingly.
Give yourself one and a half times the amount of time you think you'll
The hardest thing to do is get started. It's easy to procrastinate,
spending time thinking about all there is to do without ever doing any
of it. Once you get started, the momentum of activity should help keep
you going. Remember, a big project is really a series of smaller projects.
Think of accomplishing the small tasks and before long the job search
will be over and you will have a new position.
This will require discipline. Break each long-term goal into daily objectives.
Ask, "What do I have to do today? This morning? This afternoon?"
Put your plan in writing and include deadlines. Review your progress
each day and once a week look at your original goals and list what you
have accomplished during the past week. Be proud of what you have achieved
in a short time. Focus on your successes. During your search other things
will demand your time. Do not allow yourself to stray too far off track
or alter your activities too much. Always keep your final goal -- getting
a new job -- in mind.
Work when you have the most energy.
For many of us, the mornings are our best times to work. For others,
evenings seem to bring an extra burst of energy. Use these "energy
times" to do your most difficult projects. (If you're a night person
it's difficult to make phone calls to businesses, but it is possible
to plan and schedule, write letters and practice interviewing.) Each
evening, organize your work space and plan your schedule for the following
day. The next day you can begin immediately, not "get organized,"
and be mentally ready for the new activities. Be sure to tackle the
big tasks first and not waste your good energy on several small tasks
that then leave you without enough "steam" to approach the
Write it all down.
Don't keep all your thoughts in your head. Create lists of what you
must do -- a master list of all activities and smaller lists of what
you must do or follow up on every day. Make the lists first, then go
back and prioritize, focusing on the hard tasks first.
Take a break.
Don't forget to schedule some personal time as well. Job search can
be stressful and you need to plan time to participate in activities
that will keep you fit, both mentally and physically.