Job Search – the value of a routine
Most jobs require at least some degree of routine in your working day – a time to arrive, take a lunch break and finish.
The good thing about working from home, be it for job search or self employment, is that the routine is down to you.
While for many of us that can be liberating; for others it is very uncomfortable indeed. So here are some thoughts on how establish a routine.
Decide on a reasonable time each day to get up! Then Monday to Friday set the alarm just as you would if you were going out to work. Set a time to start work and stick to it!
Allocate a certain period each day for work (including job search or prospecting for new clients) but please do not spend all day on it!
You do need to spend some time each day doing something that has nothing to do with work/job search. It can be reading, playing sport, going out to meet friends, reading or something else. But it really is time best not spent in front of a computer screen or slumped in front of the TV.
Have a regular lunch break and again don’t eat in front of the computer screen. Don’t fall for what I find the biggest temptation at home – unhealthy snacking! Eat something healthy for lunch and then go for a walk. You need some exercise and now you are not making the journey to work – you need to make sure you get out of the house each day and into the fresh air.
Make a point of getting out and meeting people at least once or twice a week. These meetings won’t be to ask for work, but to keep up with people and find out what is going on around you.
Set yourself a routine but don’t be too rigid and make sure you have the odd day off – just as you would if you were “going out” to work.
Over on our sister site WiseWolf’s Your Happiness Factor today we have a very simple walk at home that might be useful for those of you who need a simple and inexpensive way to keep fit.