Adding Fun To Your Job Search

Adding Fun To Your Job Search

Adding Fun To Your Job Search

Adding fun to your job search is essential to your success.  As they say, all work and no play makes you dull, but what it really does is make you stressed out, and ineffective.  Especially those who are unemployed.  If you are in a full time job search or desperately trying to replace your current job, you need time to relax.  The internet makes it possible to search for jobs 24 hours per day, but you’ll be more focused and productive if you take scheduled breaks by adding fun to your job search.

Tips For Adding Fun To Your Job Search

Read a Chapter of a Book – No, don’t read something about your industry. Read something simple and mindless or choose a topic in history that you always wanted to learn about.

Play A Game – There are many different games you can choose today, from games online to video games to old-fashioned games on paper. Take just 15 minutes or so to play a round or two of a game that you enjoy and don’t think of anything else while you’re doing it. Set the timer. Time flies when you’re playing games.

Create an Art Project – Want to learn to paint, knit or sew? Why not start now. You can learn something new and find a hobby that takes your mind out of your job search. Painting is really good for that because you can be abstract and not exact on your creations. It will teach you that imperfections can be beautiful.

Exercise – Join a gym or workout at home. There are plenty of cost effective ways to enjoy some form of physical activity.  This is important during your job search especially if you are not following a regular fitness plan.  Exercising three times per week will increase your confidence which is definitely a benefit during any job search.

Get in a Hot Tub Or Sauna– If you have access to a hot tub or sauna, get in and take time to just relax. Different smells will give you different feelings. Try mint for more energy, lavender to calm down.

Take a Vacation – Yes – even if you are unemployed, you should take a vacation.  I’m not suggesting doing something that you can’t afford, but be creative.  Do you have a tent and campground near by? Do you live near a beach?  Go see friends or relatives.  Vacations don’t have to be expensive and are necessary n order to regain your focus and creativity.  Try taking more three-day weekend vacations where you disconnect and unplug so that you can come back refreshed and ready to work.

Take a Nap – A 20-minute power nap can do wonders helping you become more creative. You need someplace good to nap such as a cool bedroom or a comfortable couch in your office. Pull the shades, turn off the technology, and set an alarm.

Take in a Movie – Whether you go to the theater or watch instantly on Netflix, a good movie can take you to a whole new world. Most movies are one to two hours long, so plan this one into your schedule carefully.

It’s important to prioritize adding fun to your job search to maximize your productivity and creativity. These activities get you out of your head and can get your creative juices flowing.  Just be sure to stick to your schedule so that doesn’t take over completely and that your job search suffers.  Make a plan and stick to it – you will soon see the results.

About Noel Watts

Noel Watts is the owner of Compass Consulting, LLC which provides strategic and operational consulting as well as contract staffing throughout the United States. Noel has more than 20 year of experience with a documented history of success in leadership roles in sales, operations and strategic planning. Noel is passionate about personal development, coaching and mentoring. As an online entrepreneur, Noel started as a way to help people realize their lifestyle goals by finding their dream job. Noel is available for private and group coaching sessions and speaking engagements.
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