Unemployment Journal — Day 2

(ICYMI: Day One)

Building my routine

Yesterday I talked about getting into a routine so I can get some stuff done with this time off, but I know I’m going to have to limit what I do if I want to get anything completed. So, no road trips to Michigan, hanging out at the local coffee shop, or aimlessly riding the streetcar for me. At least for now.

But what DO I want to accomplish? Here goes.

Exercise regularly. Get in better shape.

Household stuff. Get things clean, keep them that way, and cook dinner nightly. Saves money and helps with #1, too.

Professional improvement. There are two parts to this: first, I’m signed up to take a professional certification exam this fall, and I need to study for it. I also want to look into some other online/remote classes in excel, project management, and other things that might be useful. Second, I need to, ahem, find a job.

Write. A lot. I’ve taken stabs at this before from time to time, even done some light freelancing, but it’s time to get some stuff out there.

So far, how am I doing?

I’ve divided my day in four parts. I’m not counting incidentals that come up — taking a phone call or two, answering urgent emails, breakfast, etc.

First, exercise. I took a walk this morning and last; I may start running and/or lift weights at some point in the future. But for now, walking. Did about three miles each day.

Second, writing. Like I am now. Yesterday I wrote first edition of this unemployment journal. I also wrote this, in about a half hour, and put it out there. I’ve written other things with much more effort, research and revising, but none have been read as much as this one. I’m as shocked as you are.

Today I’m going to finish this journal, but I’m not sure what I’m going to write next. I’ve blocked out about two hours for writing, so it has to be something. Maybe I’ll go political again. Or I’ll write two thousand words about my goldfish, Dory. The possibilities are endless.

Third, work stuff. I’m a little time constrained here — I have a job talk at one pm. Yesterday I cleaned first, but given it’s importance I should probably spend more time on this earlier in the day. Yesterday I was pretty good — filed for this week’s unemployment benefits, sent a bunch of emails, set up today’s call, and started an online excel class I bought ages ago. Today I’m going to do the job talk and take it from there. I have some emails to send that are stressing me out, but I need to send, so I need to stop procrastinating and just send them. Hopefully I can get through them.

Fourth, household stuff. Yesterday I did pretty well at this: cleaned a bunch of stuff, made dinner (homemade pizza + salad), sorted a table’s worth of mail, did a lot of laundry, and watered my long-suffering houseplants.. I’m not sure what I’m going to get into today. I want to get some longer-term neglected stuff done — closets cleaned, junk taken to Goodwill or the dumpster, and so forth. With my job search I may end up moving, and it would be nice to get rid of a bunch of extraneous stuff before then. It would probably be nice to do so regardless. We’ll see.

So that’s it for now. I’m off to see if I can get something else written, then do some job stuff. Feel free to offer up any advice/commentary/encouragement/gently worded criticisms. Thanks!

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