By now I’m sure most of you have followed the advice in my last “Left-Brain” post and are bored out of your minds. You’ve rested all you need to, explored all the hobbies you wanted, checked off most of your bucket list, slept in every day and forgotten more nights than you’ve remembered. Time to get serious.
But how? It’s difficult enough to motivate yourself to do any work without deadlines, peer pressure and a regular schedule. How are you ever going to convince yourself to do something productive?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to this question. Everyone has their own ways of staying motivated and what works for you might not work for somebody else. Thankfully there are plenty of articles with tips and tricks on how to stay productive. Surely somewhere out there, there is a trick that works for you.
The most important thing is to stay motivated. Looking for work can be pretty daunting, so it’s important to keep your up self-esteem and stay stimulated. My trick is bullet journals. I write a to-do list every morning and I STICK TO IT. Even if it’s something small, like a daily chore. The more achievable the tasks you write down the more satisfied you’ll be at the end of the day.
Another thing I’ve always used to keep myself stimulated is learning new things. And that’s definitely something I love about the information age. There are so many places you can learn stuff online for free and so many other instructional websites that can teach you how to do things you should probably already know how to.
Create daily goals in each new subject you engage in so you know how much you should be pushing yourself. Tailor your schedule so that you balance things that interest you with things that could help progress your career. If you’re lucky both those things will overlap. Try to fit some physical exercise into your daily schedule. Just 15 minutes of intense exercise every day can do wonders for your self-esteem as well as your health. More importantly; DON’T OVERWHELM YOURSELF. There might be a multitude of things you think will be beneficial for you, but the more you overload your schedule the less likely you’ll be to do it all. I never concentrate on more than 3 learning objectives per day. The rest of my day is split between daily chores, miscellaneous jobs/resting and deliberate practice of things I enjoy (in this case, writing and reading every day).
These tricks might not work for everybody. This is just what I know works for me, but of course nothing will work for you if you don’t actually stick to it, so don’t just give up after the first week. Persevere with a plan for at least a months before you decide if its right for you. The important thing is to not lose track of your bigger objectives and make sure you’re trying to further your career at least 5 times a week. After all, once you score your dream job you’ll probably be doing that anyway, so why not create good habits now?