I’ve been unfortunate enough to be unemployed several times in my life, with a distinct lack of jobs in this country, and worldwide, it’s a position many find themselves in. But it doesn’t have to be awful and it doesn’t have to drive you insane. I’ve mastered a few things now which help make unemployment tolerable and today, I share them with you..
- Wake up early! Don’t let yourself fall into a bad sleep pattern just because you have nothing specific to wake up for. Waking up at midday, every day, is pointless and counter-productive. The rest of the world doesn’t operate like that and you’ll end up missing out on things. Get up, get on and make the most of every day.
- Make plans. Whether it’s job hunting, being creative or socialising with friends, make sure you fill up your days with as much as possible. With nothing to focus on or look forward to, life can stagnate very, very quickly and you can find yourself being overlooked. If you’re really stuck for something to do, sign up to WordPress.com and start a blog!
- Get a hobby, volunteer or do some further education. You don’t have to be in employment to contribute to society or feel like you’re doing something worth while with your time. During periods of unemployment I have chosen to do several things to stave off boredom. I did a Psychology course with the Open University and also signed up to do campaign work with Diabetes UK and the NHS Blood and Transplant services. Doing stuff like this has several benefits, like helping others, feeling better about yourself, but it also looks great on a CV when you do come to find work, who wouldn’t want to employ someone with the initiative and drive to make more of their lives?
- Use your time wisely and get stuff done. Do that room that needs repainting, sort through all of your paperwork, spring clean your house or do the gardening you’ve left so long that your entire back garden now looks like a meadow. Sitting around moping about being out of work will get you absolutely nowhere, very quickly. You may as well get all of the boring, tedious things you’ve been procrastinating over out of the way, I can guarantee it’ll make you feel better and will free up your down time when you get back into work, leaving much more time for play!