Does everything seem so different to you since you lost your job? Does it seem like nothing in your life is stable anymore?
Your routine has changed. Your colleagues whom you depended upon are no longer as available. You are probably wearing different clothes than you were at your last job. Perhaps your bedtime and your wake-up times have changed as well. If you are married, you’re seeing your spouse at different times of the day or night (maybe that’s been a surprise to you, or maybe to both of you). When you go to the store to shop for groceries, even the shoppers look different than the ones you used to see when you were grabbing a snack on the way to work.
Routine can be comforting. Having it displaced is tough. Here are a couple of suggestions along with a promise to deal with the discomfort of a displaced routine.
- Don’t throw out all of your previous routine just because you are between jobs. If you are an early riser by nature, continue to do so. If you had morning devotionals first thing when you rose, do the same. If you exercised three times a week, keep it up. If you stopped for a hot drink at a nearby convenience store each morning keep that routine going as well if you’ve got adequate funds. Maintaining positive routines may provide the psychological, spiritual and physical structure you need to support your job hunt.
- Establish new habits and routines designed just for the circumstances you now face. Set aside a specific time each day to hunt for new job openings. If you are easily distracted at home, head to the library or a coffee shop to do your research. Each week, establish specific hours and days to devote to networking – contacting friends, former business associates, and others. Start a journal to keep a log of your job search activities. When I have used such a log in the past when I was between jobs, I’ve found it comes in extremely helpful to record dates, times and contact information for later use.
- Eliminate at least one destructive habit from your routine. If you overindulged in donuts each morning on your last job, say goodbye to empty calories by replacing them with carrot sticks or an apple.
Don’t let new circumstances and newfound time tempt you to wander down an aimless path. Follow the steps above to start a new daily routine that provides the structure and encouragement to act as a solid foundation for your job search.
Yes, many things may be different today than they were in the past. Changed conditions are certainly at play in your life. However, it’s how you respond to those conditions that will largely determine the path you travel.
And as uncertain as your life seems now, there is one certainty that you can always build your job search and your life around, and that’s Jesus, his changeless love and care for you.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)
If you want certainty, it is certain that you can’t depend on the world around you or your circumstances. Rather, seek out Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Put your relationship with Him at the top of your job search routine each and every day.
By Keith Lundquist
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