Breaking out of the rut
But how to break out of this comfortable, idle, but ultimately unsatisfying rut and knuckle down to it? Get active, get structured; get professional; get positive:
- Set a regular time to get up, and stick to it.
- Schedule at least an hour of job-search activity per day.
- Avoid distractions, displacement activities, and rewards until the work is done.
- Get some exercise every day, if only just a walk around town.
- Get a hair cut; stop letting the beard stubble grow.
- Stop fearing the process; start embracing it.
I’m rusty on the job-search process: my last job was one I loved, with great projects and a fantastic bunch of co-workers, and I stuck with it through ten years, five promotions, five buyouts, and three employers. I haven’t been on the market for a long time. The first step: assemble the résumé.
(And it’s always “résumé” in the US: say “CV” and you’ll get a blank look. American English has an odd affection for French pronunciation, even on Old French words that passed through Middle English: see also ’erb, ’omage, fill-ay.)