In Tip #1 I discussed the importance of treating your job search like a job and spending at least 3 hours per day on this new job. So what are you going to do with the rest of your time when your spouse, friends and colleagues are working all day? You have an opportunity staring you in the face. Surely you have things you’ve wanted to do but your crazy work schedule prevented it. Weave these into your daily/weekly schedule. Better yet, set some targets and goals around some of the items so that you can celebrate when you achieve them. You’re likely to get regular rejection with your job search. So it will be great to have accomplishments to balance this out. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Fitness – If you’re not at the weight you want to be at, make this a focus. Is there a sport you’ve always wanted to learn? Give it a try.
- Hobby – Maybe you have one that hasn’t gotten as much attention as you would like
- Kids – If they are in elementary school, why not have lunch with them once per week? If they are older, now you can go to every game, performance, etc.
- Projects – Do you have family videos that you’ve been meaning to compile, edit and produce on DVD? Have you been talking about cleaning out the attic or garage for years? Have you wanted to install a compost pile or water retention system? Now is your time.
- Volunteer – There are infinite ways to volunteer. And giving back will definitely make you feel good about yourself and will give you a bigger picture reflection of your situation.