About a month before I lost my job, I bought a little orange notebook that has kept me on track since I stopped working.
In April, after the president of The Canadian Jewish News announced that the paper would cease publication, neither I nor my co-workers knew what was next for us. As it turned out, many of them are still at The CJN, because the board reconsidered its decision following a public outcry. The paper is being published again after a six-week hiatus, but about a third of the staff lost their jobs as part of a restructuring to make The CJN financially viable.
Meanwhile, I’ve filled 26 pages with ideas, as well as a post-work “to-do” list that I’ve been adding to as I go along.
Yesterday I spent time looking through my notebook. It’s a good yardstick for me, so that I can see how far I’ve come. It also prompted me to dredge up some of the older items and give them higher priority on my to-do list.
My first entry, dated May 12, had to do with my new LinkedIn membership. “Add experience [to my profile],” I wrote.
“Start a blog,” was another entry. I’d forgotten how much research I did before taking that step. I looked at the pros and cons of various blog hosts, and examined food blogs and writers’ blogs. I found out what I could about blogging, in general.
I considered various names for my blog, some of which were taken, but in the end opted just to use my own name.
The notebook also has entries related to a book that’s been percolating in my head for the past few years, and even a couple of ideas for more books.
As well, I have entries related to courses that could help me in my job search.
My biggest fear about losing my job was that I would have too many hours to fill, and I wouldn’t know how to use them well. My little orange notebook is helping to ensure that isn’t the case.