How do I manage my time better? Let’s talk about that for a minute. This is a basic concept, and one that largely applies to the job search process, among other areas of life.
You don’t invest your time or effort into things or people who don’t provide you with any level of value or returned prioritization – right? You prioritize and choose your daily activities according to what you believe is going to provide you the most value – right?
Remember that time is money – and if you’re on unemployment, your time is even more critical. You don’t have time to waste. I’ll even say time is more valuable than money, because money can be regained, whereas time cannot. Cherish your time and prioritize it effectively.
So, stop wasting it.
Spending exorbitant amounts of time on perfecting your resume, writing a cover letter that no one will read, or endless hours of interview preparation that could have easily been a one-hour prep session that is much more effective are all things you need to be paying attention to.
Also being totally overwhelmed with “your list” is something else you need to get straight. Remember, all of it doesn’t matter – right now. Limit your WIP (work in progress) to get things done. What matters most to you, right now – what needs attention – today?
Prioritize. Not everything needs to get done today. Only the highest prioritized things should. These are the things that will return the most value. The challenge then remains: do you know what that is?
Intentionally invest your time. Prioritize effectively. Utilize your judgement to re-prioritize when needed. And trust the process.
It’s that simple. So if you ask yourself “How do I manage my time better?”, the solution is simple.
What do you believe are your highest priorities to ensure you are most effective? How can you start, today, to effectively dedicate your time intentionally, to return the most value for time invested?
Here’s your challenge: Make a list of the top 5 things. What are they? (Hint: if you’re in the job market, this better be one of your items).