Intentional Time Off

I often work with clients who have been laid off. They will sometimes tell me theyd like to take a couple weeks off to just rest and then get started on their job search.

I can relate. Like many of my clients, I have also been through a lay off and wanted to just catch my breath.

The problem is that often that two weeks flies by and becomes three, then four, then a few months have gone by, then to often, a year has rushed past. Strangely enough, you dont feel rested or like youve had a break. It just feels like youve wasted a lot of time and then the guilt sets in.

What I suggest to clients who feel they really would like to take a bit of time off prior to investigating options is to plan out what you will do and then when you will get back to it. Not only that, create a plan for what your job search will look like prior to taking a break.

Youre already in the swing of things and its much easier to craft a plan now than it will be after some time snoozing late and hanging out with the TV!

And about that instead of sleeping in and watching sitcoms, consider what helps you to feel truly rested and energized.

Does exercise help? Learning a new skill? Skiing? Getting a massage? Instead of spending your time, invest it in something that will truly nurture you and prepare you for your job search. For example, find a personal business coach to become more successful.

Planning out your rest may seem counter-intuitive, but it keeps you on a schedule. But isnt the point NOT to have a schedule? Well, not exactly. The point is to take a break. Continue to set your alarm it can be for a later time, but its a good habit to keep. Continue to exercise. Continue to eat healthy.

And when its time to get back to it, look to your plan and hop in. Get up at the time you would normally go to work and start your job search.