Have A Routine
In a conversation recently, I recommended 'having a routine'. When my
grandmother was young, laundry was done on Monday, ironing on Tuesday,
baking on Wednesday and so on. Because laundry was done each week, it
never mounted up to something that couldn't be done in a day (though
it did take all day with boiling coppers and a wringer). Dividing
your work up, and doing parts of each day, I advocated, is helpful in
the same way.
'My job's not like that', I can hear you saying, 'It's something
different every day'. True. But don't you have to do expenses once a
month? Would it be easier if you had the form started and completed a
few lines each week? Do you have filing, paper or electronic? Would
it be easier if once a week you filed the small stack, or cleared your
desktop into your archive, rather than looking at a huge job once
every three months? Do you have email? Is it easier if you clear
your email sometime in the morning and again after lunch or before you
go home, rather than dipping in and out all day?
No matter your role, there are some parts of it that are easier to
do 'little and often' than in one big sweep. And by allocating each
of those parts a day, it's easier to get them done. It takes less
mental energy too, so you have more brain cells for the big strategy
stuff that you currently struggling to have time for.
Start now. Quickly write a list of the things that have come up while
you've been reading this newsletter - where you've thought 'oh yes,
that part of my job could fall into that category'. Then allocate
each to a day of the week. Add them to your calendar in a private
appointment, and when they come up, for the next month, do them. You
don't have to be right - you'll tweak them a few times. Routines for
work are like One on Ones for managers. Once you've started, you'll
Google, Relationships and Your Job Search
Last week's Career Tools cast gave you one hint on what to google to
meet people in your area who could help you with your job search.
It's pretty simple, you just google for the name of your town and the
word business, and see what comes up which might be useful. In the
cast, we gave three examples - Charlotte, North Carolina; Pueblo,
Colorado; and Bremen, Germany - and we tried to help you understand how
the results could be helpful.
Having started you off, we'd like to crowd-source a resource which
helps everyone, no matter where they live. We've started a forum
thread here. What we'd
like you to do is to google your town and business, just like it says
in the cast, and tell us what you find that you think will be helpful
to job seekers. We're looking forward to seeing your results.
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