Are you unemployed at the moment? Don’t know what to do with your spare time? In this post we want to give you some advice on how to turn your free time into something productive. So between searching for a job in job boards like Europe Language Jobs and doing job interviews you can introduce these activities to clear your mind and boost your efficiency:
- Take a walk.The fresh air, sunshine, and most importantly exercise will get your blood flowing and improve concentration, memory, and performance. It will help you to clear your mind and see things from a different perspective.
- Catch up with a colleague. Go shopping or grab a beer and speak about non-work related topics. After that you will feel less tense and more motivated to keep up with your job search.
- Take a nap. If you feel tired, a 15/20 minutes power nap can absolutely boost your focus and productivity. Do it after lunch but make sure it’s no longer than 20 minute or you will feel even more tired after that.
- Read a book.It appears that people who like reading interact better with colleagues and better fit job environments. You can be reading a best-seller and at the same improving your networking skills.
- Surf the net. This isn’t as useful as getting away from your computer, but taking some time to look at websites that aren’t totally related to job searching can help you to see a different approach.
- Daydream. It’s a common anecdote that we have our best ideas while otherwise distracted — say, while driving or taking a shower — but science has shown that different parts of our brains light up when we daydream, which may help you break through a thorny problem.
- Take a lunch break. Do not eat in front of the computer, step away from your desk and boost your productivity by having a nutritive meal.
- Meditate. Even a short meditation session has benefits for the brain like lowering stress levels and improving your overall health.
- Plan your next vacation. Planning a holiday (whether you actually take it or not) boosts happiness. So if you’re feeling stressed or overworked, taking a few minutes to pick out a cruise or look at hotels could make you feel better.
Follow this simple advice and keep actively searching for opportunities. Keep in mind that you are only in a transitional part of your life and soon you will find what you are looking for.
Good luck and see you around in your job search on ELJ.
Article was originally written by Bernard Marr, a best-selling author, keynote speaker and leading business and data expert. Modified and adapt for Europe Language Advice by ELJ team.