How to handle the waiting period without losing your mind


When sitting in a waiting period, most find the wait to be excruciating because they fear rejection. What will happen if my boss says no? What if they hate my proposal? I have worked so hard, what if it doesn’t work out? The waiting can be tough, but so are you. Keep your spirits up by following these six tips. 

Make an outcomes list

In most circumstances, before you hear back, you know what the outcomes could be. Number one, best-case scenario, your boss could say yes. Number two, worst-case scenario, they could say no. With this in mind, make two separate lists, your outcomes list. In it, you will want to describe what you will do next if either of these two conclusions occur. 

If they say, “yes,” I will: follow up with a thank you email, I will use this letter of resignation sample to write my resignation email. If they say, “no,” I will: thank the recruiter for their time, I will apply elsewhere

This way, when you do hear back, your day isn’t thrown off by their response. Even if they do say no, you can still stay productive because you have a list you can refer back to. 

Follow up

While you shouldn’t follow up on an interview or an application immediately when appropriate you can ask for an update. Most likely, if you have interviewed for a job, they will tell you the date they will be in touch. If that is the case, wait until after then before sending out a well- written email. 

Start a new project

Instead of sitting in your waiting period, start something new. While you might feel that your entire career depends on your boss’s answer, there are other tasks you can be doing. How about revamping your resume, website, or portfolio? Or, if you are in a creative industry, how about starting your next art project, book, or essay? Hopefully, starting something new will get your mind off of the wait. If not, staying productive will help you in the long run. 

Reach out to others

When waiting to hear back on a job application, or a promotion at work, sometimes the best thing we can do is turn to our inner circle. At times, your co-workers, or superiors are able to put in a good word for you. Other times, they are able to provide you with advice and encouragement. 

With this said, it’s important to remember relationships are a two-way street. If you are asking for advice, or if you are asking your colleague for help, offer them something in return. 

Outline the positives

In a journal, sticky note, or even in the notes on your phone, make a list of the things you do have. Maybe you don’t have the new job, promotion, or book deal, yet. But where in your life are things going really, really well? Are you healthy? Write it down. Is your family happy? How about your friends, your church, your schooling? Are things going well in those areas? If so, make notes of those things, more so, acknowledge them. When waiting for something to happen, it is easy to forget what you do already possess. Even if the waiting is hard, understand, success will not make you happier. Instead, happiness is recognizing the things you have already. 

Keep going

If you have your heart set on a certain company or job position, it isn’t always easy to look elsewhere. After all, you feel as if you found the perfect role or company. However, as you wait to hear back, it is important to keep looking. If you get the job you dreamed of, great. But if not, you will be happy that you continued searching.