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7 Job Search Time Wasters and How to Avoid Them

Tania Khadder | MonsterCollege

November 24, 2009

4. Eating Your Time Away

A few weeks ago, I attended a little event called Laid Off Camp – an all day seminar for the unemployed. I mostly went for the free bagels.

At the “time management” session, the speaker asked everyone to share with one another how they wasted time during the day. The man next to me explained how he spent almost all day planning for and preparing dinner for his wife (who was still employed). He’d get up in the morning and research a recipe, go to the grocery store in the afternoon, and in the early evening, he’d start cooking. It’s pretty easy to see how an entire day of job hunting could be usurped by one time consuming – but awesome! – Risotto.

Even if you don’t cook, you might find you are unreasonably focused on food (combine boredom with depression and you get one monster of an appetite).

While it’s okay to spend a little more time on cooking or planning your meals (one of the few perks of unemployment), you don’t want it to start eating up hours of your day. Cut out the excessive trips to the store by doing your grocery shopping for the week all at once. And try not to spend an entire morning deciding what to eat for dinner.

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