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August 10, 2012 11:41 AM Subscribe
I recently moved, am unemployed and finding it really hard to get motivated. What tips/tricks/apps/whatever have helped you keep to a schedule when you don't have any other reason to?
posted by nakedmolerats to Work & Money (16 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I moved in July without a job (for reasons that made sense, at least to me). I have been applying to jobs and so far have gotten no callbacks. I didn't think I'd get a job immediately, but I am having more issues with the fact that I have no real schedule and am not so broke yet that that's lighting a fire. I have literally no day-to-day obligations besides feeding myself and walking the dog.
I have a bad motivation problem. I will plan to get up at 9 am, then sleep in until noon, then feel guilty that I "wasted" the day and accomplish very little all afternoon. I am doing some freelance work but I could be doing a lot more each day to bring in a little more money and I have trouble motivating myself to do that either.
What I need is some way to set a routine or reward myself for accomplishing x tasks a day, say "make $10 doing freelance stuff" or "apply for 3 jobs".
I am not looking for "just do it" type answers. I've been setting my alarm for the morning intending to "just do it", and then I sleep in because I have no real reason I have to get up at 9 am. I know that it will make my day more productive but that doesn't seem to be motivation enough when the alarm goes off. I know rationally that I am bringing in very little money and it's going to run out, but it doesn't seem to be "hitting" me yet. I know I should just be applying for everything under the sun but it's hard to keep sending applications into the ether and getting absolutely no reply, not knowing if your resume is even being read, if you're being considered..
I know this is probably because I am mildly depressed about being jobless and aimless, but I can't afford therapy right now and I really don't think I need professional intervention, at least not until I explore other options. I feel really guilty and gross that i am not working harder to get a job. (FWIW, I have an MA in the humanities, am trying to break into nonprofit work, but am applying to a lot of office/admin type stuff since that is much more plentiful).
I am trying to get the ball rolling on volunteering so I at least get out of the house and do something. I usually do feel better when I get out (go for a walk, get to the coffee shop to do some work) but again, the fact that I don't *have* to do those things makes it difficult when I could just read Metafilter all day.. I can't say "no computer until you do these tasks" because the freelance work and the job hunting means I need to be online.
So, especially from job hunters and freelancers, I need to know how you get yourself out of bed and doing stuff. How do you keep to your to-do list when it's so easy to say "I'll just apply to lots of jobs tomorrow"? How do you keep going when you're just emailing job apps out into space?