Looking for a new job can be exciting, but for many that job search is a very stressful experience as well. It can even feel lonely and a bit isolating to not have somewhere to go or a group to belong to.
In the video below I share how you can use a block schedule system and organise your day in 5 simple steps/chunks to stay organised and motivated using the following time blocks. You can mix up the order of there to suit you of course, but I would recommend to not start with the job search block first up in the morning.
- Health and well-being: Doing some form of exercise, walk, meditation or other activity to start off your day helps you connect with your body and your mind before you dive into your job search.
- Job search: Doing this once a day is plenty to stay on track! Your job search block should be at least 1-2 hours and this is where you look through email notifications, write job applications, shortlist roles to apply for. Naturally you’ll still have to answer the phone or respond to urgent emails during the day at times, but to use this dedicated block every day helps you stay on track and to not spend all day on your computer. Make sure to track your progress during your job search in the free tracker I’ve created for you.
- Social time: Because you don’t have colleagues or clients to connect with, this is an important block to have in your day. Even introverts tend to need some level of social connection every day. Doing a video/in person coffee, walk or other type of catch up with someone can really help lift your mood and help you finish that job search block.
- House projects or chores: Being able to physically finish something is helpful for both the mind and the body. This can be a declutter of a space in your home, doing some cooking, heading out to do the grocery shop or something else. Basically, allowing you to finish a task helps you feel like you have accomplished something.
- Learn something new: Before you ask, this does not have to cost anything. YouTube and Google are full of free courses on pretty much any topic you can imagine. Other platforms, like SkillShare where I host a few of my courses, will offer you a free trial period and after that a small monthly cost to access. You can mix your learning with things you’re interested in learning for your career and things that are more personal. Either type of learning will stimulate your brain and help you stay on track with other things. Don’t overdo this block, I would normally recommend to keep it to about an hour a day, unless you’re feeling super into it!
Download the free job tracker document via this link.
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