Last week I encouraged you to get your Chicken List out and make a call. Just work through it.
That encouragement to finish your chicken list does not transfer over to the Honey-Do list.
Your Chicken List Is Not Your Honey-Do List
A job search is more than a full-time job. You almost have to create the wheel (well, unless you use JibberJobber), and reach deep inside to do stuff you haven’t had to do for a long time (create a resume, create elevator pitches, etc.). It’s hard to change your mindset from “sell my company’s product” to “sell myself.” And then on top of all of this – you are the one that has to execute the strategy! Its a HUGE job!
I know you have a hole in the wall. I know your toilet needs some work. I know you should really paint, or weed, or change wallpaper, or shampoo the carpets so you can have a better work environment.
But none of those things are really going to get you closer to getting your next job. Or your next client.
While I encourage you to quickly get through your chicken list, it’s different with the honey-do list.
Put the Honey-Do list away until Saturday. Pretend that your new job (that is, the job of finding a job) has you tied up from early in the morning until dinner time – and stop fooling yourself that doing Honey-Do’s right now is a good use of your time.
Disclaimer: I’m not trying to be sexist, or offensive – change the name of the list if you want. This post is not intended just for those in a job search – you know you have some kind of list that distracts you from doing important stuff. If you don’t have a “honey,” I bet you still have your own “to do” list. Same thing. And finally, this is not a ticket to not do anything ;)… I’m just saying, there are some things that are not as high a priority as working on your job search (or career management, or small business development, or your job – even if you are underemployed!).