In today’s post, I’m gonna be real honest with you guys. I am well acquainted with being unemployed. That’s not to say that I don’t work and that I don’t have a career that I love and am so fortunate to have, because I do. I work in an area and in a field that runs on seasonal employees. Every year I am employed for about six months during the summer months and then am left to find a way to keep occupied and with my head above water in the winter months. I am fortunate enough that my husband works year-round, full-time and knows that my career fulfills me in a way that a year-round job in another field would not; he is an amazing and accepting husband and I am so grateful to have him.
Having a husband that understands and is okay with my seasonal career lifestyle makes me a very lucky girl. However, I still struggle each winter with maintaining my happiness and relevance within my own mind.
I’ve been working this type of career for eight years now, so I have had a lot of time and experience to learn that there are little things everyday that I can incorporate to feel like a productive human being while unemployed. Today I wanted to share with you some of my tips and tricks I use to make sure that I maintain my happiness while I am not working a regular, 9-5 job.
Don’t Sleep In
I know that it’s tempting when you don’t have a particular time and place to be every morning while not working. For me, it is especially hard to want to wake up in the winter when the house is cold and under my comforter it’s just so nice and cozy. I have found however, that waking myself up at a specific time (usually when my husband gets up for work around 7:45 AM) makes me feel good. I can get the coffee going for him and have some breakfast and chit chat with him while he gets ready to head out for the day.
Accomplish Something Before 10 AM
Many times I am tempted to sit down with my breakfast and a cup of coffee and binge watch Netflix for a few hours before getting anything done for the day. I used to do this a lot. It is so easy though, when binge-watching to say “just one more episode”; before you know it, you’re sitting there at 3:00 in the afternoon wondering where the day went. I like to sit down with my coffee and get started with accomplishing a task before I do anything else. Right now, I am writing this post. Some days I check my email, other days I look for jobs. This sets me up for feeling productive for the rest of the day no matter what I end up getting into later.
Make a To-Do List
I hate doing chores. I really do. Ask my husband, he will tell you. However, I have found that when I am not working, making a list of things to do (especially my dreaded chores) is the best way to feel more productive throughout the day. Checking off those things on your to-do list is an especially great way to feel accomplished at the end of the day. Using a planner like my Erin Condren Life Planner is a great way to stay on top of things you want to get done each day throughout the week.
Find Something You Love and DO IT
I cannot stress this enough. Oftentimes when we are working, we get caught up in life and forget about the things that truly make us happy. It’s easy to let those things fall to the wayside when you are thinking about all of the other things you have to do at your job in addition to things at home. Being unemployed can sometimes give people a chance to reboot their lives and reconnect with the things that make them truly happy. So if you love to paint, go paint. If you make music, go make music. Want to write a blog? Start a blog! Did you used to go running everyday? Go for it! There is no time like the present and I bet you will feel more fulfilled when you get back to the things you truly love.
If you are currently unemployed, believe me, I know how it feels. It’s easy to get bogged down and want to lie in bed all day watching rerun after rerun. I encourage you to try some of these things if you haven’t. These little things everyday have made a significant change to my state of mind during the winter months and I hope they can do the same for you!
Do you have any tips to stay happy, either in general or while unemployed? Please share them!
As always, thanks for reading!