Do you struggle to stay motivated in your job search or even in your current job? I know I do. Some things on my list I easily do and feel gratitude by just completing. Other tasks linger on my list like a coffee stain.  Are there are elements of your job search that never seem to get done or at least not as much as they should?

If so, read on. From an article I recently read on How to Trick Yourself into doing Tasks you Dread, I learned some tips to get through those lingering project items. Specifically, the article outlined four types of rewards and examples. Here are some examples of how you can apply rewards to your job seeking efforts and stay motivated.

  1. Take little breaks. Job seeking can be overwhelming, especially if you are just getting started. Figure out the best rhythm to making your day productive and work breaks in so you can regenerate and stay positive. Perhaps, take a walk/stretch, catch-up with a friend, or take a nap.
  2. Enjoy spending time online? Make your time online productive by posting an article or two on LinkedIn or Twitter to promote your personal brand and expertise.
  3. Not a fan of networking?  Combine it with something you love. Take an exercise or cooking class – anything you love to do. When you are there practice your networking skills and share your career goals and job seeking efforts.
  4. Set a quota. Track the applications you send out or the interviews you get. After a certain number reward yourself with a special treat.

Do you have other examples?  What do you do to stay motivated and complete the less favorable items on your to do list?  Share them below.  

Nancy Manley

About Nancy Manley


Nancy enjoys helping people find a job that makes them feel complete. She thrives on sharing information that helps candidates become successful employees and engaged workers.