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Who doesn’t need to squeeze more productive time out of their day? And have you ever noticed that when you have too much time, nothing gets done? Please join us for a lively and interactive session on how you can be more productive every day. This talk will give you actionable tips that you can use immediately. We will cover:
● How to stay focused on your job search
● How to find more time in your day
● How to prioritize and do the right things
● How to get going when your get-up-and-go got up and went
● How to manage overwhelm

Who doesn’t need to squeeze more productive time out of their day? And have you ever noticed that when you have too much time, nothing gets done? Please join us for a lively and interactive session on how you can be more productive every day. This talk will give you actionable tips that you can use immediately. We will cover:
● How to stay focused on your job search
● How to find more time in your day
● How to prioritize and do the right things
● How to get going when your get-up-and-go got up and went
● How to manage overwhelm

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Productivity: The Secret Sauce for Successful Job Search

  1. 1. Productivity: The Secret Sauce for Successful Job Search Catherine Morgan Career Transition Coach | Business Consultant Point A to Point B Transitions Inc.
  2. 2. Time is valuable • Time is your most valuable commodity
  3. 3. Time is scarce • No matter how much time we have, it never seems like enough – Family – Career – Fitness – Volunteering – Hobbies – Other?
  4. 4. Who gets more done? • Someone with a lot of spare time? • Someone with a lot of commitments?
  5. 5. The inner game of productivity • Need to create good mental space • Invalidate negative self-talk
  6. 6. Taming the ‘monkey mind’ • How do you calm the “chatter” – Exercise – Meditation – Yoga – Breathing – Other?
  7. 7. Know when your peak times are • When are you usually at your best? – Are you a morning person? – Do you prefer late night for thinking?
  8. 8. How to find more time • Find out where your “leaks” are – Keep track of what you do for a week – Usual time-sucks include: • Watching TV • Internet surfing • Interacting on social media • Playing video games • Writing long e-mails • Meetings • Volunteering
  9. 9. Setting boundaries • Know what you are willing to do for work – And are not willing to do • Remember to set boundaries (and stick to them!) with: – Family – Friends – Volunteer commitments – Project commitments
  10. 10. Avoiding burnout • Take the time to recover from the previous job’s burnout, if necessary • Plan for the long haul
  11. 11. Right time on right things • Online applications • Networking – virtual or in-person • Informational interviews • Industry networking • Cold outreach to target companies
  12. 12. The allocation – 10, 20, 30, 40 • 10% recruiters (if applicable) • 20% online applications • 30% networking with people you don’t know • 40% reconnecting with people you do know, – And cold outreach to 20 target companies
  13. 13. Syncing progress and expectations • Are you making progress? – Take small steps every day • Are your expectations realistic given the time you have been in transition?
  14. 14. What causes overwhelm? “Overwhelm is caused by NOT knowing WHAT to do, not by having too much to do.” ~ Michael Port
  15. 15. How to get past overwhelm • Get things out of your head – Trying to remember too many things can cause immediate overwhelm
  16. 16. Capture all tasks • Overwhelm will subside when you get into action • Capture everything you need to do
  17. 17. Out of the brain and on to… • Everybody is different – Notebook – Whiteboard – Laptop – Phone – Sticky notes
  18. 18. Create logical groups • Once out of your head, tasks can be combined into logical groups or projects – Business projects – Personal chores – Administrative tasks
  19. 19. First way to prioritize: Cha-ching! • #1. Do the task that is the most important – Hint: The fast path to the cash
  20. 20. Second way to prioritize: Gulp • #2. Do the dreaded task first “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ~ Mark Twain
  21. 21. Third way to prioritize: Check • #3. Do the easy things first – Build momentum
  22. 22. Fourth way to prioritize: Whoo-hoo! • #4. Gauge your enthusiasm – Which task gets you excited? – Do that first to get a little energy that can carry over to the ones that are not so fun
  23. 23. Your friend the calendar • Be hands-on: Use your calendar! – Go through your commitments and other projects – Define specific tasks and block out times – Also schedule in breaks and fun
  24. 24. Add in constraints for productivity • Work will expand to the amount of time you give it • Set deadlines – even if they are fake • Bracket your time with other things that can’t move • Keep some kind of a schedule (and keep your sanity)
  25. 25. Add in constraints for productivity • Work will expand to the amount of time you give it • Set deadlines – even if they are fake • Bracket your time with other things that can’t move • Keep some kind of a schedule (and keep your sanity)
  26. 26. Add in constraints for productivity • Work will expand to the amount of time you give it • Set deadlines – even if they are fake • Bracket your time with other things that can’t move • Keep some kind of a schedule (and keep your sanity)
  27. 27. Add in constraints for productivity • Work will expand to the amount of time you give it • Set deadlines – even if they are fake • Bracket your time with other things that can’t move • Keep some kind of a schedule (and keep your sanity)
  28. 28. Bonus tip – timed blocks • Try using a timer with 45- or 50-minute blocks and then take 15- or 10-minute breaks • Or try 25-minute blocks with The Pomodoro Technique http://pomodorotechnique.com/
  29. 29. Bonus tip – list for the next day • Write a list for the next day when you are finished with your workday or at night – You may relax and sleep better – You may feel more productive in the morning
  30. 30. Keeping track and following up • Most people use these: – Spreadsheet – Calendar program (Outlook, Google Calendar)
  31. 31. Avoidance happens when… • What we need to do is scary or tedious
  32. 32. Notice avoidance behaviors • Notice when you start doing something (anything!) to avoid the dreaded task – Organizing your office – Laundry – Cleaning – E-mail
  33. 33. Need to have or nice to have? • Job seekers can get sidetracked thinking they need to: – Learn some software package – Get a specific certification
  34. 34. Ways to mitigate anxiety • Identify it and name it • Attack it with logic • Disarm it with gratitude
  35. 35. Banish crazy-busy • Forget crazy-busy – It’s the new normal
  36. 36. Questions? Catherine Morgan Career Transition Expert | Business Consultant Point A to Point B Transitions Inc. 877.672.5333 Catherine@PointAtoPointBTransitions.com LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/PointAtoPointB Twitter @PointA_PointB Catherine speaks on: - Career Transition - Productivity - Entrepreneurship

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