How to create a reverse bucket list for job search motivation

If you’re losing motivation during your post-college job search, you’re in the right place. Here’s how to create a reverse bucket list!

Two of the hardest parts of job-searching are the emotional and mental aspects because it’s common to face a ton of rejection. And when this happens, it’s easy to start wondering if you’re good enough and lose motivation. I get it. I’ve been there. And that’s why I wanted to share this method of staying motivated.

If you’re confused about what a reverse bucket list is and why you should create one, check out this blog post.

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How to create a reverse bucket list for job search motivation:

When you look at the below steps, it seems easy because it’s simple to do. But depending on how much of a self-critic you are, it might not be as easy as you think. That’s why I included some pointers to help you out!

1. Think back on the past month/quarter/year

Since it’s July, let’s think back on the past 6 months. Next time you decide to create this list, simply think back on the period between lists.

2. Write down all of your wins

The trick here is to write down EVERYTHING. Even if you think it’s small. For example, if your goal is to work out every day, you can write down, “I worked out an average of 3 times a week. ” Even though you didn’t work out every day as you planned, you still made an effort to work out on some days. And that’s better than not doing anything at all so it’s a win!

3. Treat yourself

This step is all about celebrating the progress you’ve made. No matter how small it may seem, progress is progress and you’re closer to your goals because of it.

4. Optimize

What can I say? I work in Marketing. I say “optimize” pretty often. But really. You’ve acknowledged and celebrated your progress. Now it’s time to decide how you can improve. This way, you can continue working toward your goals.

Next steps

Now that you know how to create a reverse bucket in four steps, I hope you’re feeling more motivated and ready to keep moving forward. Download this free productive job-hunting game plan so you know exactly how to keep moving forward in your job hunt!

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