Prepare the Boat


I’m feeling pretty good all things considered. Look, of course I’m not thrilled that I’m weeks into this process and I’m it. But I feel like I’ve done enough early work with my resume and sending out some short emails that I can spend some time and energy thinking about how I’m going to fill my days.

There were so many bad habits I had going when I was working at my last job—now seems like a great opportunity to press the reset button. I know that whatever I start doing now will likely stay with me until the day I find a new opportunity and my routines have to be thrown out the window all over again. What if I’m out of work for months? (Years?!).

Let’s start with obvious: sleep, eat, exercise, socialize, work, relax. I get to work writing down a mock “day-in-the-life-of-me” that takes place two months from now and assumes I’m still job searching. Conventional wisdom says “job searching should be a full-time job”, but Project Tugboat has helped me see that for the myth that it is. Getting out of the house, seeing friends, and staying active will be essential if I want to stay positive on the journey ahead.

I’ve also shared Project Tugboat’s “Guide for Family and Friends” with my spouse, kids, and close friends (they seem just as confused as me about what this whole process entails...). It’s led to some frank and useful discussions about what will and will not be helpful from them moving forward. Overall, I’m feeling better about how my days are shaping up and feel confident that I have a solid team of people gently keeping me on track as I move forward.


  • Thinking about the right balance of activities in your new routine

  • Taking small steps to put these habits in place

  • Avoiding the myth that the “job search is a full-time job”

Chris Rudnicki