A new year is a great time to assess where you are at professionally. Is it time for you to make a job change? Or a career change?
But it is easy to WANT a new job, yet find yourself suddenly realizing you are six months into the new year and no closer to that new job. We’re all guilty of procrastination, more often than we’d like to admit. There’s always tomorrow, we tell ourselves, so why not just steer clear of the stress and anxiety and just put it off until later.
Of course, the best cure for this inaction is action, and a good way to ensure action is to make taking action a party of your daily routine and habit. Things like brushing your teeth or making your bed are daily habits that you probably perform automatically without even thinking about them. Why not turn spending 30 minutes each day on your job search or career development a daily habit as well?
Procrastination is all about taking that first step. But it doesn’t have to be a big, overwhelming first step. That’s why it is a good idea to ease into it with the knowledge that after a certain amount of time, or once you’ve finished X, you can do that fun activity that you want.
It will also be easier if you break that ultimate goal (a new job) into chunks. You can’t control exactly when you will land a new job, but you can control your actions that will influence your ultimate achievement of the new job. That’s why this exercise rewards effort, not results. The results will come when you take the consistent action, day after day, in meeting your goal.
It has been said that a new habit can be formed from 21 days of consistent action. After that it becomes easier, but you still have to keep yourself motivated and inspired. This 21-day job search action planner is designed to make this easier for you. Choose from the actions below. Commit to doing at least one action per day for the next 21 days. If you have the time, you could do even more, but don’t overwhelm yourself. If you are having trouble motivating yourself, just commit to one per day.
For best results, enlist an accountability partner to help you complete the 21-day commitment. Ideally, it will be someone who is looking to make a job or career change too, so you can check in each day and keep each other accountable and on track.
At the end of each week when you are forming the new habit and making it a part of your routine, reward yourself for good performance. Enjoy a special outing or anything else that will encourage you to keep going!
Here are some suggested daily actions, organized in categories, for you to choose from:
At the end of the 21 days, review your progress. Do you have any leads on unadvertised openings? Any interviews or job offers yet? If not, don’t worry. Stick with your new routine and you will set yourself up for success to land a new job in the new year!