Laid Off...Now What

Danielle Carrigan
T.A.S.C.S.,Time and Space Consulting Services

After losing your job, it is very important to maintain order in what can be a very stressful and chaotic time. The emotions that go along with the loss can range from panic and fear to boredom or relief. These feelings can overwhelm you if you don’t have a plan to deal with your new situation. It is very important to maintain a balance in your life to keep you physically and mentally well while dealing with the fundamentals of a loss of income and an activity that previously occupied one-third of your day.

Job loss is a major transition in one’s life. Many people fear change and spend their lives trying to avoid it. Consider the possibilities of this change. When circumstances force you to deal with change, use the opportunity to improve the quality of your life, even in a small way, by clearing out the clutter, simplifying, and allowing yourself more time and space to do the things you want to do and enjoy what you already have.

Here are 10 tips to help you stay organized and healthy after losing your job (without losing your sense of humor):

* Keep sleep patterns consistent. Always get good rest and go to bed and get up the same time every day, even on weekends.

* Volunteer. Stay a part of the community while giving yourself the gift of fulfillment and others the gift of your time and caring.

* Register with a temp agency. Some of the best jobs start as a temporary or part-time position.

* Learn how to use the computer. Take a class or ask someone to show you the basics - or if you already know the basics, learn a new program that will help improve your chances of getting a good job.

* Contact your auto insurance agency. You may be eligible for reduced rates since you will no longer be traveling to and from work every day. Ask about “recreational use only” rates.

* Keep track of and receipts for all job search related expenses. Many are tax deductible such as, gas, tolls, paper for resumes, etc.

* Hold family meetings to discuss a “plan of action”, feelings, new roles and responsibilities. Your job loss will have an impact on the entire family – discuss it.

* Barter with friends and family. Trade services and skills with one another. For example, offer to watch their kids in exchange for a computer lesson.

* Get rid of clutter! Schedule time to go through drawers, closets and rooms to eliminate anything you do not need or want anymore. Free yourself!

* Prepare for a job search or interview the night before. Have clothes ready, watch the weather report and dress accordingly, do personal grooming, go to bed early, put gas in the car or get tokens or change for public transportation, plan breakfast, set alarm clock to give yourself plenty of time to prepare in a non-rushed, stress-free manner.

These tips will help you through this transitional time in your life. Finally, and most importantly, remember to be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to feel the various emotions that go along with job loss and use these emotions as a catalyst for positive change. Just imagine how boring life would be without change!

For additional tips, you may order the very informative tips booklet, “Laid Off… Now What? 100 Simple Ideas to Help You Stay Organized and Healthy After Losing Your Job…(without losing your sense of humor!). Individual copies are $5.00 and can be ordered by sending a S.A.S.E. and a check or money order made payable to T.A.S.C.S., P.O. Box 93, Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059. Author Danielle Carrigan is a Professional Organizer and the owner of T.A.S.C.S., Time And Space Consulting Services located in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA area. T.A.S.C.S. provides personalized assistance in all areas of organization and simplification of one’s time and environment. These areas include, but are not limited to, time management, home environments (small spaces, large spaces, garages, sheds, home offices), small business environments, mental and physical clutter control, personal shopping, and simplified interior decorating. Their goal is to organize and simplify the lives and surroundings of their clients utilizing resources already on hand or with minimal expense. The author is also the co-founder of the Professional Organizers Web Ring.

For information on consulting services, discount quantities, or customized copies of the booklet for your place of business, please contact the author at 609-933-3576 or email tascs@organizerswebring.com . You may also visit the T.A.S.C.S. website at www.organizerswebring.com/tascs.