The value of a routine
Job Search – the value of a routine
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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.
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.
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