Tuesday 18 June 2019       info@tesladuo.com

The Illusion: “It’s ok… I’ve got plenty of time”

A fair proportion of professionals need some help to get back into work having been made redundant. Indeed, despite the initial shock of being made redundant, there is a secret joy in having time on their hands at home without all the pressures of their work life.

Of course, after that initial honeymoon period, other pressures begin to bear down. These include the urge to find a new job, perhaps driven from fear of not getting back in, and maybe also concerns over cash flow. Alternatively, from a more positive perspective, they may find that their hunger is reignited and they genuinely feel ready and excited for a fresh challenge.

Having the time and space to really think about what it is that you want to do next - to have time to spend with family and friends, and maybe even just do nothing, is an unfamiliar joy. There are no work deadlines, there is no commute, just lots of unstructured time.

Time on your hands!

Inevitably however, sooner or later, a sense of ‘I really ought to start working on finding a job’, will begin to kick in and there will be a drive to take action. This feeling will be challenged by procrastination, will lead to distraction activity. This may be doing things which are unimportant, give you a fleeting sense of accomplishment, without actually doing what you know needs to be done. Thus, the work space and filing cabinet may be immaculately tidy; the garage is pristine; and the garden has never looked better.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, the cash reserves are dwindling and the pressure to take action begins to mount. So here are some ideas which we think might help people who find themselves in this situation.

  1. Don’t beat yourself up about wanting to decompress and spend time with family. This is a very healthy thing to do.
  2. Use this time to think strategically about what’s going on in the world and what you want your next career move to be in that context.
  3. When the time is right and before you start feeling a little desperate/needy, put together a cohesive plan for finding that new position.
  4. It is a cliche, but true, that finding a job like a full time job. Develop a daily routine which is adhered to with discipline. Maybe ensure that it has space for some relaxation and fun. If necessary, get out of the house and go somewhere else to work. Develop realistic targets for each day, which will move you closer to your objective.
  5. If possible, find an accountability buddy. This is someone who may be in the same situation as you or may be a career coach. Together with your accountability buddy, you can create specific results with timelines and schedule catch up calls to ensure that you stay on track. I find that with my coaching clients, who are in my Continuity Coaching program, their level of productivity shoots up because they know that every two weeks I will be asking them how they have got on. We will celebrate their successes. We will examine closely where things didn’t work out and create a new plan accordingly.
If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself out of work, yet you are able to find the balance between doing all those things that you haven’t been able to whilst in full time employment, and - when the time is right - working with focus and purpose to find your new position, this can be a golden town.

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