Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No Job? No Prob!

Nicholas Nigro, author of a cheery, new advice book (perhaps too cheery?) titled No Job? No Prob!: How to Pay Your Bills, Feed Your Mind, and Have a Blast When You’re Out of Work (Skyhorse Publishing 2008), offers the following tips for those who suddenly find themselves with time on their hands:
  1. Start the day as early as possible--our brains, Nigro argues, tend to be more focused in the morning than in the evening
  2. Keep your learning curve perpetually greased--taking classes—either online or in person—might benefit your job search or inspire a future career
  3. Cavort with genuinely successful people--not necessarily rich people but people who are good to the core
  4. Learn to cook
  5. Practice yoga
  6. Play smart--exercise your brain: do crosswords, play Scrabble, etc.
  7. Contact long-lost friends
  8. Become a shutterbug--snap photos everywhere you go
  9. Volunteer your time--the more people you know, the greater number of people who will be invested in your job search
  10. Try new things all across the board
Great advice for anyone who wants to keep learning and growing, which is the best way I know of to stave off decrepitude.

Note: The above tips were excerpted from the Dec. 26th issue of The Week, which adapted them from Nigro’s book.


  1. Anonymous8:32 AM

    This sounds like quite an optimistic book! Great tip about volunteering/networking.

  2. Love it! Especially the point about getting up early. How easy it is to fall into the trap when you're home-based of staying warm in those comfy blankets after the alarm goes off. My solution is to grab my journal while still under the covers and the kids are asleep.. and jumpstart the brain by writing!

  3. What a great upbeat approach to being jobless. With an attitude like that, the offers will come rolling in!

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  4. Anne, I too like journaling first thing to jumpstart my brain...and my day. And, yes, Beth & Carolyn, this is quite an optimistic, upbeat book. Although the title might be off-putting to some (for most people, it's simply untrue that being unemployed is no problem), the author's helpful suggestions provide a lovely counterbalance to the doom and gloom everyone is being bombarded with these days on the news.