Soaring through the Season (Part 1)

The end of the year can be a difficult time for everyone. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be sharing some insight on how we advise JVS job seekers to navigate the season.

STAYING PRODUCTIVE while job searching over the holidays

  1. Have a game plan

Planning is the key. Take a few hours to think about what you need to get done and how you’ll do it. Don’t get bogged down and overwhelm yourself, but do consider the biggest and most pressing projects that will need attention now. When you have a list, you can make time for each task, instead of feeling pulled in multiple directions, or trying to do lots of things at once.

Multi-tasking doesn’t work. 

Having a list not only helps you get things done more quickly, it also helps ensure the quality of your work. As a bonus, because you included some foresight in your plan, you will have a head start and avoid the maddening voice in January “What am I doing with my life?!!!”

  1. Plan your time

Plan your work and work your plan. Set timers. Go to a café or the library. Focus on work during work time, and save holiday planning for the other hours. Be careful to stay focused. It can be tempting to think, “I’ll just check Amazon for that one gift …”; you may also discover that making labels for your holiday cards is productive (“I’m using my MSWord skills, and I’m getting stuff DONE!), but don’t fool yourself! Save the holiday activities for the time you allocated. You may already know what the productivity experts say (see the NPR multi-tasking commentary above). The result of less multi-tasking is that you’ll get more done and feel less stressed.

  1. Nurture yourself

This is the most important one. Recharge, reflect, refuel and relax. In your plan, build in time for things that make you happy and release stress. Spend time with loved ones. Go outside. Exercise. Treat yourself to something rewarding. Check out websites like SF Johnny Funcheap which also has an East Bay calendar.


If the holidays start to get you down, PLEASE find someone to talk to. Just like you would call a dentist if your tooth started to hurt, call in professional support if you start to feel blue. Even folks with high paying jobs and seemingly perfect lives fall victim to the pressures and stress of the holiday season.

Here’s a list of some FREE and inexpensive mental health services in San Francisco. Check the San Francisco Free Help Charts for other great resources.

Oh! And be careful not to overindulge on the alcohol. Feeling hung over can create the worst pity-party ever! Please keep in mind all the ugly facts about drinking and driving, etc.

Above all, remember that the holiday season is a time for reflection, gratitude, and sharing. Having a plan for productivity and health will see you through to a bright new year!

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