bored/unemployed/broke - what would you do?
March 23, 2011 4:14 AM Subscribe
how do you/have you structured your day as an unemployed person who is not necessarily looking for work?
posted by sartre08 to Grab Bag (17 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
due to a variety of exceptional and stressful circumstances I will no longer be studying this semester and have no job, and will be unoccupied until mid-july of this year.
money is not really an issue as the government is providing for my living expenses, though things will be tight - I won't be able to take up any expensive new hobbies or go out to do things that cost often.
the situation is exacerbated by the fact that recently my city was gutted by a natural disaster - I don't know how I could help out with volunteering stuff as it seems as though a lot of the rest of the city has this mostly taken care of, and all of the things I enjoy doing usually are out of the question now, especially as the weather gets colder here.
I've been working/studying non-stop since I left high school so I don't feel particularly bothered about the idea of just kind of doing nothing for a few months - I have heaps of movies I want to get around to watching, and a bookshelf full of books I haven't read.
I'm worried that the novelty of being housebound and reading all day with the occasional excursion to the supermarket or to go for a run around the local park will wear off quickly though.
the job market in my area is not good at the moment so I won't really have the option of easily walking into any sort of employment should I get bored of it, especially since I'll just be quitting any job I get come July.
what I'd like is some ideas and strategies people reading this have used to stop themselves going crazy during periods of unemployment?
anecdotes of how you spent your day and things you did to keep yourself occupied would be good, even if you just slept until lunchtime and read until bedtime everyday, as long as doing this didn't make you feel like crap!