Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow…

Don’t Put Off Until TomorrowStop Job Search Procrastination Now

Job-hunting and procrastination do not go well together.  Letting procrastination find it’s way into your job-hunting efforts will almost certainly lengthen your period of unemployment and lessen your chances of success.  While procrastination can hit anyone at anytime, if you’re in between jobs, the cost of it’s effects can be extremely high.  We’ve put together some tips that will help you put your procrastinating ways behind you and help you find and secure an amazing job.

What Is Procrastination?  Wikipedia describes procrastination as the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off important, potentially less enjoyable tasks to a later time.  Procrastination can result in stress, a sense of guilt and crisis, a severe loss of personal productivity, as well as social disapproval.  It’s worth pointing out that procrastination in small doses is normal, however not being conscious of it’s effects can make your job-hunting efforts drag on longer than they need to.

Recognise Procrastination When It Happens.  This is the easy part as most of us know when we’re procrastinating.  If you find yourself doing fun tasks that are obviously counterproductive, needless, and delaying, you’re probably procrastinating.  Checking emails, Facebook and Twitter too often when you should be looking for work, modifying your resume or sending job applications are classic examples of job-hunting procrastination and will ultimately keep you out of work longer than you need to be.

Commit to Being Productive.  A proven method for combatting the effects of procrastination involve creating a plan or list that has specific timeframes for you to follow.  It might start with finding suitable job listings one day, sending your cover letter and resume the following day and then following up on applications you’ve already sent on the third day.  Write down your plan, put it somewhere where you’ll see it and commit to it.  Consider rewarding yourself for not procrastinating with a break where you can check emails or Facebook or the like, but not for too long though!

Do Away with Excuses.  At times you’re likely to try and tell yourself that it’s OK to do your job searching later or that it’s alright to send that application tomorrow instead of today.  Our advice to you is to get rid of that thinking now.  Can you remember your Mum or Grandma telling you “Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today”?  I think that saying is even more applicable now due to all the extra distractions we have around us today.  Push yourself mentally to do important tasks immediately and rather than setting them aside for a later time.

Procrastination can be an obstacle for anyone at anytime.  When it comes to job-hunting though, it’s especially important to keep procrastination at bay due to the high cost of not doing so.  Keep your eye on the goal of getting a job, think of your needs and of the needs of your family.  Keep these few tips in mind and you’ll always have inspiration to do what’s right now, rather than procrastinate and do it later.  For more information, feel free to watch this video as it expands on the tips we’ve provided.

Leigh Grigaliunas

Leigh is an owner and co-founder of School Hours Pty Ltd.Leigh's passion for helping others coupled with his desire to achieve a balance between raising children and earning a living, lead him to create School Hours Pty Ltd with his wife Yasmin.School Hours will be the place to go for Australian parents wanting to connect with progressive thinking, family friendly employers.

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