While looking for a new job, I found myself missing the structure that getting up and going to work brings. So I imposed some structure on myself. Unless I have an in-person interview, or some other event, this has now become my daily routine.
Every morning, I get up and have coffee with my wife, before she goes to work. This gets me an early start, and prevents me from slipping into a nocturnal lifestyle.
After she leaves, I spend the morning hours split between bettering myself, searching for or directly applying for jobs.
Then, after lunch, I turn to stream video games! Going live on camera (almost) every day, helps keep me accountable to others – my (perceived) audience – and adds to the feeling of having a routine. A regular session typically lasts one hour.
I just finished the first series, a 20 session stream of Cities: Skylines. If you have that much time to spare, you can watch it all on Twitch or YouTube (or below).
After gaming, I turn my attention to work around the house and personal projects, like the Stratocaster, I am rebuilding. More on that in a later post.
This self-imposed routine has helped me stay both productive and sane. It keeps me on task, it keeps me accountable, and it makes me remember to have some fun along the way. So, I thought I’d share this little unemployment hack with anyone else out there, who might be in a similar situation. Of course, you can substitute streaming with anything else involving other people, the trick lies in the accountability and how easy it is to do (I don’t even have to leave the house).
If you’d like to follow me on Twitch, where I do all my streaming, go to my channel and hit Follow!