A sprint is exactly that, you expend a great deal of energy in a short space of time, and then spend at least twice as long recovering from it.
I remember doing this in my job search. I’d start on Monday re-energized from a long weekend (yup mine started late Thursday!) and eager to get back into the saddle. Some critical self-talk on Sunday afternoon usually happened too.
I’d get up early Monday and hit all the job boards, follow up with emails, and plan all the calls I didn’t do last week, schedule to attend networking events, etc…
By Wednesday I was beat. Thursday was a struggle and then I was done for the weekend. Recognize the pattern?
This continued for several weeks before I realized what was happening. And then I realized I needed to change my ways – Literally!.
One of the things I noticed I had been doing was trying to cram all the weeks worth of work into the first three days, so I could get a jump on the following week, by starting it earlier on Thursday. The idea was great, but the execution (and my energy) was sadly lacking.
So my first plan of attack was to pace myself. I would structure my day so I spend some time, no more than 2 hours on job boards, about 3 hours on calls and networking, 1-2 hours on research and up to 1-2 hours of applying for jobs I’d found during the day.
The first 2 weeks went pretty well, but I nearly became unstuck in week 3.
Even though I had the right mix of things to do, they weren’t in the right sequence or done at the best time of the day. So for the 4th week I planned my day differently, I start each day with the calls and research, network during the afternoon, scheduled some down time for the early evening, and left the job boards and applying to jobs till the night time.
The secret for me turned out to be the structure and routine, but taking into account the best time too.
Simon at VirtualJobCoach.com