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Why Procrastination Can Be Good In A Job Search

Why Procrastination Can Be Good In A Job Search

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What I’m about to write may not make sense… maybe not. You be the judge.

Procrastination is discouraged in our lives, is it not? A while back, I listened to a radio interview featuring Frank Parlow, author of Wait: The Art of Science and Delay. I believe Frank’s book is currently on the New York Times’ book list.

In contrast to the negative portrayal of procrastination, Frank calls it “management delay.”  He warns us that when we make snap decisions and respond immediately, the outcome isn’t always favourable. According to Frank, the danger lies in reacting too quickly.

Let’s apply this to your job search. Supposing that things appear (operative word?) to look pretty bleak and you choose to apply for every job under the sun. Is this pressure from being on unemployment benefits? Pressure from others? Low confidence on your part? What if you “delayed” things for a little while?

Frank’s advice for those who choose to procrastinate is to figure out a time frame. Wait as long as you can and THEN make a decision. The wait could be milliseconds or moments. “Active procrastination” is the activity of deciding what to put off and what to prioritize correctly. So, do you really need to spend so much time online rather than making human contacts in your job search?

If you’ve hit wall in your job search, do this:

  • Take a long pause
  • Be conscious of your circumstances
  • Contemplate what to do
  • Look into the distance and take a walk
  • Clear the air
  • Stare at nothing
  • Confront your problems and make better decisions

Let me know if “healthy” procrastination makes a difference!

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Melissa C. Martin Melissa C. Martin is a bilingual career coach who specializes in dealing with the unemployed, military members, and aspiring entrepreneurs.