Have More Fun: Install Ten Daily Habits

Katie Corbett holds the book "Coach Yourself to Success" by Talane Miedaner.

By Katie Corbett

When a person has almost total control of their time, and nothing concrete that needs doing, it can be easy to become bored. Job hunting can be a time with little structure and not very much fun. I found a tip in “Coach Yourself to Success,” by Talane Miedaner, that was a game-changer for me during my search. This tip involved developing a list of ten daily habits.

The trick in sticking to this list is that the habits need to be fun. It should not be just another list of things you need to get done that day. Some of the items on my list included:

• Trying something new
• Reading fiction
• Spending time with a friend either in-person or on the phone
• Praying at specific times of the day, which served to keep me on a more set schedule
• Flossing my teeth. Admittedly, this is not very fun, but it only takes a minute and I always feel amazing afterward.

What fun things could be added to each day of your life if you made a list? Could you take up a new hobby? Rekindle your love of an activity you set aside in the rush of your daily grind? How could you impact the lives of others? And I repeat: This isn’t meant to be a list of the things you “should” do. It has to be fun, make you feel good, or bring a smile to your face. If it doesn’t, then it’s not on the list.

Whether you are on the job search or already work, this tip will likely brighten up your day and make life more fun and interesting. So give it a try. What’s on your list?

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You Know You’re Awesome, So Give Yourself a Pep Talk!

Katie Corbett holds "The Magic of Thinking Big" book

By Katie Corbett

 

Do you work in sales? Do you wish you made more money or had more responsibility at work? Are you job hunting? No one will know what you’re up to if you don’t tell them about it and ask them if they will help accomplish your goals. Striking up conversations with strangers, picking up the phone and making cold calls and putting yourself out there in general can be really scary. Instead of dwelling on the possibility of rejection or the thought that something might go wrong, why not give yourself a pep talk to pump you up?

 

I read about this strategy in “The Magic of Thinking Big,” by David J. Schwartz. It made difficult conversations much more bearable. Here’s one example.

 

While I was job hunting, I realized I wanted to learn more about what it was like to work as a recruiter in a staffing agency. I didn’t personally know any recruiters, so the best way would be to call staffing agencies and talk to complete strangers. Scary, right? Of course! I kept the pep talk strategy in mind, though, and was able to make those cold calls.

 

Before each phone call, I told myself things like, “I’m just calling to get information. I just need to focus on the script I wrote. I’m prepared. I’ve got the list of questions already. I can do this!”

 

I would consider all the cold calls I made to be a success. No one yelled at me; no one slammed down the phone or spoke to me rudely. Did I get an appointment with everyone I called? No. Did some phone calls result in job interviews? Yes! Did I realize that a staffing agency wasn’t the right fit for me? I did. It was great knowing that without having to actually work the long, competitive hours required. I learned everything I needed to know in order to make my decision just by talking to people in the field. I never would have gotten this knowledge without making the cold calls, and I never would have had the courage to make those calls without first giving myself a pep talk.

 

So no matter if you’re goal is to tell a potential customer about a product you sell, to ask your boss for a raise or to follow up with a lead for a potential new job, list all the reasons you’re awesome and give yourself that pep talk beforehand. You’ll get a lot more done and you’ll overcome your fears. Even if that customer doesn’t buy, your boss says “no,” or you don’t land the job, you’ll have put yourself out there and asked. And there’s no better way to stand out from the crowd and find opportunities for the future!

 

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Perfecting Poise with Presence

Katie Corbett holds the book "Presence" by Amy Cuddy

By Katie Corbett

 

It was 2 in the morning and I’d just gotten done hanging out with my friend Ashley. (Early bedtimes are not a necessity of the unemployed job seeker.) Ashley was driving me home and I was telling her about a job interview I had later in the week.

 

“I just don’t know what to do,” I said. “I’ve been interviewing for so many jobs and I’m just not feeling confident anymore.”

 

“Have you heard of doing ‘power poses’?” she asked.

 

“No. What’s that?”

 

“You can hold your body in positions that alter your chemistry and give you a confidence boost,” Ashley explained as we rounded the last corner before parking in front of my apartment building. “It’s really awesome!”

 

“That does sound cool. Where can I learn more?”

 

“There’s a TED Talk about it, by a woman named, Amy Cuddy, I think. I’ll send you the link on your Facebook.”

 

Later that week, Ashley posted on my Facebook Wall the link to the TED Talk, with the text “This is seriously a game-changer.”

 

I watched the talk and I was floored. It was just as Ashley had described. One thing, however, was that the presenter hadn’t verbally described any of the poses, so I didn’t know what to do. (I’m blind and so I couldn’t watch what she was doing to hold the positions.) I thought, “There’s gotta be a book about this!” And there was.

 

The book is called, “Presence” by Amy Cuddy. I read the book and the ideas I found in it changed the way I approach nerve-racking situations. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to illustrate some of what I learned and how it could make a difference for you, too.

 

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