Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Reverting to underachiever ways is just soooo damn easy. After my discouragement at not even getting an interview, I have not applied to a job listing in just about two weeks, with the exception of one recommended to me from a friend. And I haven’t even gotten a response to that! UGH!!
The more nights I sit at work and watch episodes of Battlestar Galactica, browse Buzzfeed, Apartment Therapy, and various other sites, the more disappointed and cranky I’m becoming. I’m not satisfied with my current career, or lack thereof, yet I’m doing nothing to improve my situation.
Here’s the gameplan…
Or the lack thereof! Procrastination is an old friend of mine. In fact, as I’m writing this, I have actual work that needs completed. All in good time… that seems to be an unofficial motto of mine [the official is of course YOLO… just kidding!]
Anyway… I’ve been trying to get better at life and I’ve heard you actually have to do stuff in order to get said stuff done. So I’ve been making To Do Lists and things have been getting done… albeit slowly, but still, done is done! I still feel I’m wasting a good 70% of my waking hours. I imagine if I could increase my productivity by even just 20% they’d probably make a movie about me… a new kind of super hero that gets shit done, faster and better than all the regular schmucks out there. Maybe then someone would want to hire me!
Here are a few tips I’m sure I’ve stolen from other people, that have helped me to be more productive…
1. Make your to do list the day/ night before. You know what wasn’t accomplished today… list any items that didn’t get done on today’s to do list and put them at the top of tomorrows. I review my list in the morning, add anything that I thought about in the shower, then get started. Everyone is different, but I find completing a few easy tasks (pay bills online, book reservation for dinner, something actually work related) makes me feel good, like I’m actually doing things… that motivates me to tackle something bigger.
2. Plan your meals 3-7 days in advance. If you are anything like me then you spend more time thinking about food than anything else. What are am I going to eat for lunch, will my girlfriend be home for dinner, she’s vegan so what can we eat together, I need to stop by the market for xyz ingredients, were those leftovers I ate for lunch rancid, ugh! why did I eat that giant bag of peanut m&ms… you get the picture. Lately I’ve been planning my meals ahead of time and tracking my food and calories using the MyFitnessPal app. I’ve found that I’ve been spending less time thinking about food and I’ve for sure been eating way healthier. In fact I’ve lost over 10 pounds and my body feels better… I used to get an upset stomach or have indigestion issues after eating, but no more! Granted I still think about food a lot, but as mentioned in previous posts, I love food and eating so I don’t expect that to change.
Those are the only tips I have for you… hey, what do you expect from an underachiever? I can’t start out with a Letterman style Top Ten list for Pete’s sake… two tips are all you get so far!
Let’s talk about employment and job searches! While I have been putting in a fair amount of time and energy into this area, I have not been getting any positive responses… hell, I haven’t even been getting negative responses. I have applied to probably close to 30 jobs over the past 6-8 weeks and it’s complete crickets out there. I mean I literally have sent test emails to myself to make sure my Gmail account is functioning. Can’t a girl get an interview at least??
Some things you should know about me… I am not a giant fan of humans. Nearly all my experience is in customer service based jobs and I’m fairly good at that… but it sucks! I mean you get really tired of listening to someone bitch for 10 minutes about how housekeeping didn’t hang their towels up right and why is the bar not open at 2am when they really need another drink. Suffice it to say, I’m desperately trying to avoid a job where I have to deal with the public, at least not constantly.
You should also know I abhor networking. It kind of goes hand in hand with the not liking humans and especially strangers. I’m a bit awkward and shy when I don’t know people. Gathering at a cocktail event, rubbing elbows with business professionals… yuck! Give me my sweatpants, a glass (or bottle) of wine, and the television remote, thank you very much!
I’m not giving up… I think I just need to reevaluate my strategy…
to be continued