Time MgtToday, looking for a job is almost a job in itself. It takes time and focus.

Sometimes it may seem impossible to find the time to give your search the attention it needs. Job search is actually a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a PROCESS that takes time and planning not just an event that you schedule.

Consider endurance athletes who plan every aspect of their day in great detail. They’ll pack their gym bag, lunch, and equipment recovery tools the night—or maybe even a full week—before each workout. They’ll check the weather to protect against any surprises the following morning. They might even sleep in their running clothes to save a few sleepy seconds the next morning.

Even after months of training, athletes don’t take chances on race day. They won’t sample a new breakfast food for fear of indigestion.  Their adherence to a strict schedule translates well to looking for a new job. How many times have you stopped to check a few emails at 9 A.M., only to look up and realize that it’s time for lunch?

Unfortunately, scheduling tools still can’t put us in two places at one time or add extra hours into our day.  It’s easy to shut down from anxiety when staring at an overflowing to-do list that somehow needs to include a ob search. Endurance athletes struggling to balance their hours-long workouts, family life, and relaxation, realize that doing something is preferable to doing nothing. Instead of scrambling to catch every ball they’re juggling, they decide WHICH balls are worth dropping.Time in seconds

Consider these techniques to become the master of your own time.

  1. Carry a schedule and record what you do and for how long during the day to see where you spend your time. You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive conversations and actions.
  2. Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.
  3. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day and don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
  4. Put up a mental “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done. Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls.

More often than not, research shows that 20 % activities produce 80% of your results.Lori Greiner

Figure out what those 80% are and apply them to your job search to get the best results.

Lori Greiner from the Shark Tank says,  “We all have the same amount of time in our day. How we spend our time is what ultimately defines us.”