If you keep up with my stories on Instagram (instagram here) you’ve probably heard that I was recently let go from my most current job. I have to say, it has been a very scary time. I’m a person that has either been working or going to school (often times both), since I was sixteen years old. It has really taken some adjustment to feel productive while also keeping my sanity and I thought I’d give you all some tips here!
First Things First: Prioritize Your Daily Goals. Going from full time to no job was a bit of a shock, as you can imagine. I went from having the time slot of 7am to 7pm fully booked with work to having it completely free. The first thing I had to think about when suddenly freeing up 12 hours a day was figuring out exactly how I wanted to spend my time. For me, the things I wanted to accomplish daily were: applying to jobs, working on my blog/influencing on Instagram, and fitness. I wanted to make sure each and every day I was hitting these three goals.
Schedule These Goals Accordingly. Now that I knew what I wanted to accomplish, I had to figure out how to schedule all of these things. I knew that job hunting was my top priority, then finding time to create content/go to blogger events, then finding time to work out. What I had to learn was just because something was higher priority, does not mean it had to be done in that order. What worked for me was working in reverse order (it sounds weird, but stay with me here). I was able to accomplish the most of my goals when I worked out first thing (I liked the boost of energy throughout the day, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to make it to the gym late at night when I was already tired from my day). Creating content was more time-sensitive, due to the fact a lot of events require specific scheduling. I used the middle of my day to attend events or write in my blog. It felt backwards to have the most important goal as how I ended my day, but I found that keeping job applications to end my day made me the most productive. Since I knew I had to do it, I don’t mind staying up late to work on this.
Balance Work & Leisure. It is incredibly important to make sure to sprinkle in some things you enjoy into your day in order to keep your sanity. Being able to workout or attend blogging events are things I find really fun and enjoyable. Therefore, I made sure to find time to do these things throughout the day. In times of great stress I think being able to do things you enjoy, or even spending time outside in the sunshine helps profusely. You are alleviating stress, while also putting yourself in a better mood for when you need to get down to business.
Try Your Best to Execute a Routine. In a time when you are applying for jobs, I understand that your schedule will vary every day depending on when interviews happen. What I do try to do, is try to stick to a routine when possible. I still set an alarm in the morning and try to go to bed at a reasonable time. Once you find a schedule that works where you are able to hit all of your goals, stick to it. You are hitting maximum productivity and it is working for you.
Attitude is Everything. All in all, be kind to yourself. You are doing the best you can. There are going to be days when you don’t get to everything on your to-do list. First and foremost, try to remain positive when it comes to you. If you are constantly feeling down on yourself, it will definitely translate to the things you are doing, whether it be: your workouts, your content, and even worse, your interviews. You are in the beginning of a new chapter in your life, so start it off on a positive note.
That is all! Thank you so much for reading and good luck to all of you!