The value of a routine

The value of a routine

Job Search – the value of a routine

Advice from Wendy Smith. Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link

The value of a routine – most jobs require at least some degree of routine. There will be a time to arrive, take a lunch break and to finish.
The good thing about working from home, be it for job search or  when in employment, is that the routine is down to you.  For many of us this can be liberating. But for others it is very uncomfortable. So here are some thoughts on how to establish a routine when you work outside the office.

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 certain periods each day for different kinds of work. For example, the afternoon might be your best time for considerative work. While mornings might be a great time for research or making phone calls. If you are looking for work, mornings can be a good time to scan the internet etc for new opportunities.

Most of us need to spend some time each day on something other than work/job search. This is good for our minds. It could be reading, playing sport, going out to meet friends or something completely different. I’m not sure that being slumped in front of the TV counts here.

Have a regular lunch break. But don’t be tempted to eat in front of the computer screen – have a proper lunch break. 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 kind of exercise – walking is cheap, refreshing and good for your muscles as well as your heart and lungs.

Make a point of going out to meet people at least once a week. For job seekers these meetings won’t be to directly to ask for work. But they will help you stay in the work circle and find out what is going on. For home workers, it is important to stay in touch with customers and your wider team of colleagues or work peers.

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 my other blog, Your Happiness Factor, we have a link to a very simple walk at home video. I hope this will be useful for those who need a simple and inexpensive way to keep fit.

http://www.yourhappinessfactor.net/2013/08/healthy-lifestyle-simple-exercises-to.html

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

 

Energy For Your Job Search

Energy For Your Job Search

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – Wendy’s books on Amazon

You need energy for your job search – just as you do to complete any other project in your work life. It is all too easy when you are working from home – for job search as at other times – to lose the habits that help you stay healthy.

Energy for your job search; the basics

Most of us need seven or eight hours of good quality sleep to perform at our best. Sometimes I ask clients to keep a sleep diary so they can work out exactly how much sleep they need. They record the hours they slept and how the felt the next day. If you try it, you can pretty quickly work out what is the best sleep for you. Make sure your bedroom is comfortable, dark enough and quiet – this really isn’t the place for computers and televisions.

As your mother always told you; eat a good breakfast that sets up your energy levels for the day. Try making porridge and not buying packaged cereals full of sugar and add fruit to the tray.

Grazing on small, frequent meals is better for your system than eating large meals with a long break in between. Eat Energy For Your Job Searchunrefined complex carbohydrates like whole wheat with every meal. Cut back on tea, coffee, chocolate and canned drinks and drink lots of water to feel really good.

Make sure you get out of the house and into the fresh air each day. And have an exercise routine, even if it is just regular walking. A half hour walk each day will help to keep you healthy. Always take medical advice before starting a vigorous new exercise routine; perhaps this may be the time to start swimming again – it is great exercise and very inexpensive.

Other resources to help your job search

In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.

Stress-free Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help both  job search and career resilience. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

Having a job search routine

Having a job search routine

Job Search – the value of a routine

Having a job search routine is important. Most jobs require at least some degree of routine in your working day. That is a time to arrive, take a lunch break and finish. The good thing about working from home is that the routine is down to you. This is particularly important if you are searching for work.

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.

Having a job search routine is important. But don’t set yourself a routine that is too rigid. 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 exercise that might be useful for those of you who need a simple and inexpensive way to keep fit.

http://www.yourhappinessfactor.net/2013/08/healthy-lifestyle-simple-exercises-to.html

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link