What to do with Free Time?

Every now and then, I end up with a nice chunk of free time. And the first thing I wonder is how I am going to fill it up. And then, I get right to it. Eventually, I look up and realize that there were so many things on that list that no matter how many I got done, there was still going to be a whole bunch of undone items glaring me in the face. If you find this happening to you while your career development sits on the backburner, it’s time to realize that Michael Altshuler was right when he said “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

Here’s how to strategize now, be ready to navigate your professional journey and feel the accomplishments as you ride:

* Focus focus, focus. Pick one or more priority, have laser focus on until it is done. Celebrate your achievement by taking a break or doing something fun.
* Revamp your boring resume. If updating your resume only involves adding on your most recent job, it’s probably b-o-r-i-n-g. If you aren’t excited about it, an employer probably won’t be excited about you.
* Make networking count. Instead of running out trying to link up with a bunch of new people, online or offline, re-connect with someone you already know. Ask what’s new with them, listen closely and offer to help. Not only will you create good Karma, but just feels good to be the giver.
* Set up a Skype call with a friend or colleague. Pay attention to how you look and sound, and your surroundings on camera. Pay attention to theirs too. Use these observations and the tips here to prepare yourself to master the virtual interview.

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