I Don't Wanna

Photo by Tracy Apps

Photo by Tracy Apps

The commonality of lack of energy and lack of motivation strikes a cord in many professional people today. I would guess a day doesn’t go by when I don’t hear the words, “I’m overwhelmed.”

Someone said that overwhelmed is the new busy. We have so many forms of stimulation coming at us from all angles on a daily basis that frequently we suffer from being tired, and well… overwhelmed.

We don’t sleep enough, rest enough, get enough exercise, or even take time to eat the right foods. Rushing from this project to that project, we lose focus, and find it hard to get everything done on our long to-do lists. All this rushing can lead to the inability to concentrate on one thing. I don’t have a solid solution except to say that piling on more doesn’t help to cure the problem.

My Design Resumes office is undergoing a renovation that is getting close to the end. But the sorting of stuff and getting things back in place is draining especially when I need to keep the other aspects of my business and home life going at the same time.

I don’t do well with chaos. I like things in order and being able to find things when I want them but process of organizing can be exhausting. Fortunately, my contractor, Elijah, is taking care of much of the details and I am not having to do this project all alone.

I would guess that people in a job search often feel this way too. Overwhelmed and not sure how to move forward. It is easy to say, “I don’t wanna” and do nothing or the bare minimum and call it good. Job seekers who take a proactive stance and get organized with the right targeted career marketing strategies can shorten their search and keep the chaos at bay.

The job search process is more difficult than in prior years. The competition is stiff and you need to get all your “wow achievements” in your resume and other career marketing documents like cover letters and thank you or follow up letters so you create the right first impression and focus the reader’s attention where you want it. Headlines, branding statements, and keywords may all sound like foreign language to the job seeker. Writing tighter and providing unique value is an art that can take years to master. Throw in networking and social media, and the job seeker is likely to say, “I don’t wanna!”

Sometimes it helps to have a partner in the job search, a career professional who has done this before and can make the way easier like Elijah has made my remodeling project easier. If you think this makes sense, let’s talk about how we can work together.

Do you suffer from the “I Don’t Wanna” syndrome?


  1. Ricardo Bueno on April 1, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I don’t suffer from the “I Don’t Wanna” syndrome but I know people who do. Often times I would say that it’s a result of stress and/or feeling overwhelmed with work or a particular situation. In most cases, reaching out to your support network (or finding supporters) is a great way to overcome those overwhelming feelings.
    .-= Ricardo Bueno´s last blog ..Start With the Basics =-.

    • Julie Walraven on April 1, 2010 at 7:10 am

      You’re right, Richardo and thank you for coming to visit. I love comments — otherwise it is like having a one-sided conversation. I strongly suggest having a team of Trusted Advisors, https://designresumes.com/trusted-advisors/ (You can read it there) when you are facing indecision.

      Some people find it very hard to ask for help though and for those people, it may even take a push from a friend or family member to help them realize that the feelings are affecting how they function.

  2. Kim Woodbridge on April 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

    There are a lot of times when I wake up and feel like I don’t wanna do anything. But I feel guilty and start working – if I don’t do what I’m supposed to, I can’t enjoy goofing off.

    I really try to get enough sleep no matter how busy I am. When I’m too tired, I’m not productive or focused.
    .-= Kim Woodbridge´s last blog ..How to Add the Post Thumbnail Feature to your WordPress Installation =-.

    • Julie Walraven on April 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Balancing priorities can be a challenge but I agree, if there is something I need to get done, I do it even if something else would be more fun.

      Without sleep, I am useless. Giving myself permission to take a short nap often instantly boosts my productivity.

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