I have technically been unemployed for almost a year now, but during most of that time I was consumed with classes and an internship. For the last two months I have been unemployed without school or internship. While it’s starting to get old there are some benefits to being unemployed.
- You don’t have to plan ahead to do fun things, so when a friend asks you to run Ragnar last minute you can do it. I didn’t even have to worry about what effects the soreness and lack of sleep would have on me because I didn’t have to go anywhere afterwards.
- You can sleep as long as you want. You can also stay up as late as you want. I’m not sure that Joe, who actually has full-time employment, is too pleased with my new sleeping schedule.
- You can catch up on all of those TV shows you have previously been too busy to watch. I may watch Netflix a little too much.
- You can be on top of all of your communication. I can write daily letters to my little brother who just left on a mission.
- You have time to make your house spotless. I don’t actually do this, but I think about it sometimes. Maybe one of these days I will actually get bored enough to do it.
- You have time to organize your house. This I have actually done, it was refreshing to be able to get rid of a lot of unnecessary things and free up some space.
- You have time to revise your resume, cover letter, etc. and check all of the job boards. I am really dedicated to this job search thing, when the internet went out for a day and I couldn’t check any of my job boards or send in any applications I did not know what to do with myself.
- You have time to research ways to save money, since you aren’t making any.
- You can get a head start on making any hand made Christmas presents, or other presents. I’ve already got baby presents ready for friends whose babies aren’t due for months.
- You have time to make meals (another one of those ways to save money) and try out new recipes.
There you have it, 10 benefits of being unemployed.