This is the third in a series of articles addressing the eight different stages of the job search and the tangible things you can do to navigate them.
You've recently decided to look for a new job. One morning, you sit down at your computer to hunt for work when you start to feel unsettled. Slowly, you become flooded with paralyzing emotions as you confront a myriad of career options. Soon, you are utterly overwhelmed by all of the possible paths you could take and are forced to step away from the screen.
Despite how stressful it is, the 'overwhelm' stage of the job hunting process has merit. It deserves to be its own stage. When you find yourself at this stage, dedicate yourself to this simple exercise and you will be jolted out of indecision and propelled towards your new job.
For a period of one week commit to following through 100 per cent on every single commitment you make.
Here are the three steps:
1. Buy a small notebook and carry it around with you for one week.
2. Write down every commitment you make to either yourself or someone else, regardless of how small it is. Include even the smallest promise: "I'll send you that article," or "I'll call you next week," or "I am going to the gym today." Write down every single one.
3. Follow through.
Two things will immediately happen when you do this: you will make fewer commitments, and you will learn how to reword your sentences to minimize your promises and better navigate your personal and professional relationships.
Within a few days, you will start to feel some traction and momentum in your life as you accomplish things, small and large. Over time, following-through on the small promises you make to yourself and to others, and the integrity it yields, will allow you to stand strong and fulfill the commitment you've made to yourself to get a job.
For other ways to evolve your job search from 'overwhelmed' to 'empowered', try helping five people, removing all minor nuisances in your life, or any of these other suggestions on dealing with being overwhelmed at 50waystogetajob.com.
Dev Aujla (@devaujla) is the author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money and Community in a Changing World, creator of the website 50waystogetajob.com, and the CEO of Catalog, a strategic advisory and recruiting company that works with companies that do good.