Looking for a job in the run up to Christmas can be challenging when there is so much to do, most of which is much more enjoyable than sitting in front of a computer and applying for jobs. January, on the other hand, is a lovely blank canvas of empty time for you to get all those applications written and out there. That’s the theory anyway. If you are still finding lots of distractions in the new year, none of which are more important than looking for a new job, you are suffering from job search procrastination. Tackle this by trying some of the following tips.
- Break the massive task of looking for a job into smaller chunks; for example writing a personal statement, researching a company or cleaning up your Facebook profile. You are much more likely to get things done if you are faced with a simple task, and by concentrating on one specific task at a time it will be completed to a higher standard.
- Create a timeline with exact deadlines of when you want these small tasks to be completed. By making it as detailed as possible it will be harder to go off track, as if you delay even one small task it will have a knock on effect. Remember to include breaks and time to relax though.
- If your room isn’t making you want to work at looking for a job, try changing your environment to somewhere that does. Ensure you have a clear work desk and as little distractions as possible.
- Make it as hard as possible to procrastinate by taking simple steps such as disabling email notifications, turning your phone off and signing out of Facebook. Try to only look at these things when you take a break.
- If you know anyone who is also looking for a job, support each other. Check in on one another regularly to ask how things are going and share tips and advice. It is harder to procrastinate if you have someone who is constantly calling you up on what you have been doing.
- Reconsider your aims. It may be that the reason you are procrastinating is because you have lost enthusiasm for the job you are looking for. Take a step back and think about whether your goals or needs have changed since you began the job search.
- Stop waiting for the perfect time; this does not exist!
- Often procrastination comes from a fear of failure, the most important tip would therefore be to simply believe in yourself.
Take a look at the full list of 11 ways to tackle procrastination at Lifehack.