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How to Feel Productive When You’re Unemployed.


Whether you’re a student in between semesters or you just got laid off – I think everyone experiences unemployment at least once in their life.

For some people, that is the dream (besides you know, the no-money part). Nothing to do, spending all day relaxing? Niiiice.

For others (like me) facing the prospect of having nothing to do is horrifying. If you thrive on productivity and enjoy having a challenge, unemployment is that much worse.

I got laid off from my job at the end of June. I’m going back to school in September, so that leaves me with two months in between of unemployment. When I started, I was wondering what I was going to do in order to kill time. I am not someone who can lie on the couch and watch tv all day – I need something to do!

Surprisingly, I’ve been fine this summer. I’ve been able to fill my days up enough that I haven’t felt bored once.

I threw together some tips to help anyone in the same situation!

1. Pick a goal you want to achieve.

This can be pretty much anything you’ve wanted to do but didn’t have the time previously. I chose to do Livefit trainer – a super intense workout program that takes up anywhere from 1 hour to an 1 hour and 45 minutes of your day, 6 days a week. This is something I would have had trouble attempting while I was working or in school, so it seemed like the perfect time to do it.

You can choose anything you want here – a workout goal (a new workout program, trying to increase your running distance/speed or start running altogether), read through a series or books (Harry Potter, anyone?) or something entirely different that you find interesting. Maybe a Julie and Julia-style challenge? I think that’d be amazing.

2. Get dressed. Seriously.

It sounds so simple – but it makes a huge difference. Even if getting dressed just means yoga pants and a t-shirt, that works fine. If you sit around in your PJs all day, you start to feel lazy and down on yourself. Getting dressed everyday makes you feel like you’re doing something productive – I imagine it’s the same for people that work at home!

Especially if you wear these. Then please, please get dressed!

3. If you have to go somewhere, make a show of it.

Even if you’re just going to the grocery store or the gas station, make yourself look as if you would if you were going to work/school. Put makeup on (if that’s your usual routine), wear nice jeans, cute shoes, ect. It gives you an excuse to look nice, if that’s something you enjoy doing.

4. Find a hobby.

Start blogging (if you don’t already). I started at the beginning of June and have more-or-less been treating it like a job – I put a lot of time into it! Other ideas: knitting, crafts, a musical instrument – whatever you think you’d enjoy and could spend a lot of time doing.

5. Join Pinterest.

Watch any free moment you ever had slip away in a sea of indulgent recipes, workouts and funny pictures.

(please do it – that would just be terrible)

And there’s my tips! While unemployment is a bummer, there are definitely ways to keep yourself busy.

And obviously, you’ll also be spending a lot of time job hunting, making contacts and polishing up your resume as well.

But hopefully now you’re less bored!

<– Have you ever been in this situation?

<– Any other tips to add?

3 thoughts on “How to Feel Productive When You’re Unemployed.

  1. I was unemployed for 7 months and totally agree with the “get dressed” idea.. it really does make a huge difference. I also volunteered at my local hospital– it made me feel like I was doing more with my time other than stress about not having a job

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