Wasting time on job applications

startup-photos.jpgI just wasted the good part of a day (and night) on an application for a job I don’t even know that I want. Do not do this.

Yesterday I read advice about what not to do when applying for freelance gigs. One of the things was not to waste your time on applying for work if:

  • It takes too much of your time to do so
  • You don’t really care if you get it
  • It doesn’t pay well

This position checks all those off. So why did I spend all that time on it?

  • Theory one: I didn’t realize it would take so much effort. And by the time I realized it did, I was already neck-deep so I kept going. (Crimony! Who makes people jump through so many hoops just for a low-paying copywriting job?)
  • Theory two: I’m stubborn and wasn’t going to give up.
  • Theory three: When I fell on the ice earlier today and landed hard on my butt, that happened to be where my brain was at the time. My concussed butt-brain decided that finishing the lengthy application with the ridiculously long copywriting test was a great idea.

Friends, if there’s one thing you take away from this post, it should be to never, ever listen to a concussed butt-brain.

Honestly, I’m pretty sure it was a combination of all three. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started the process, and I’m really stubborn.

Lately my mind’s been going 100mph working out how I’m going to do the freelance thing, while I’m also applying for regular daytime jobs and thinking about starting a side hustle (see Chris Guillebeau’s book Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days). Generally, my mind spins anyway (scatterbrain, remember?) over all the usual stuff in life. Family, household stuff, bills, creative stuff, not getting anything done, what am I doing with my life questions, getting a haircut, cats running up and down me … you know, regular stuff.

So my husband told me the fall on the ice was the universe telling me to slow down. Perhaps. But it was also the universe telling me, “Hey, moron! Put some ice-melt down before you walk out of the house on glare ice.”

Now that’s it’s late, the application for that job has been turned in, and my butt-brain is aching like crazy, it’s time for me to waddle to bed.

Remember: Don’t apply for things you don’t need to, and always put ice-melt down before you step outside.

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