Time Management In Your Job Search

Time Management In Your Job Search

Time management in your job search is something that you must exercise.  Looking for your job or starting your own business can be overwhelming because of the number of things to do in the beginning stages.  Time is not limitless. You can’t get more. You can’t work harder to get more of it; it’s a finite resource that cannot be increased or replaced.

Be Ruthless About Time Management In Your Job Search

When you realize that time is finite and that there really might not be some future distant tomorrow, you might start being more ruthless with the time you’ve got. Follow these tips to make time management so much easier.

  • Just Say No – The biggest factor in being ruthless with your time is learning to say no. If you really do not want to do something, you must say no. You may not feel like you are being helpful, but you have to put your time and your job search goals first.
  • Get Up On Time – This is a hard one for many but it doesn’t have to be hard as you think.  If you are currently unemployed, treat each morning as if you are going to work.  Follow the steps on this website for your job search strategy and each day will be full of productive activities
  • Turn Off Technology – The very thing that is supposed to make our time more productive can have the opposite effect too. The notifications of new emails, your Facebook stream, and unscheduled time on Pinterest can get out of hand. Multi-Tasking is a myth, so turn off the technology and let your mind rest. You’ll gain so much more time. That includes your TV, too.
  • Make Lists – If you understand each step that goes behind a calendar listing, it will be more beneficial because it’s easier to allocate enough time for each thing when you know what it takes to complete any given task. You won’t be able to accurately determine the time it takes without all the information.
  • Time Block It – Put everything in your calendar including everyday tasks, small steps for a project due in the future, and time with family, friends and yourself. Don’t skip this step so that when someone asks for your time you can easily schedule them in (or not) based on your availability.
  • Touch “It” Only Once – Another way to be ruthless with your time is to not allow yourself to wait to do things later. If you get an email that requires a response, do it now. If you check your snail mail and a bill needs to be paid, schedule it now. If you get junk mail, delete it now. Only check your mail when you have time to deal with these issues.

Schedule Time For Fun

Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself in terms of the hours you schedule yourself to work. Yes, be ruthless about the schedule, but also schedule in fun time. Go ahead, schedule 8 to 10 hours a day of work. But, in between, schedule in breaks. Time with friends, family and spouses during any given work day is important too. Also, remember to schedule in breaks like weekends and vacations. If you do that, it’ll be so much easier to be ruthless with time and stick to your schedule normally. Use these tips for time management in your job search when scheduling your daily activities and you will feel productive every day.

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 dreamjobstrategies.com 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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