I was actually productive today! Yesterday may have been a wash, but – no, scratch that. Yesterday I did a very good job of not feeling bad for doing nothing. But today, I was almost disciplined and crap. I came home, sat at my computer, and the next thing I knew it was after 2pm and I had forgotten to eat lunch.
What did I do? Well, I ended up redoing my resume. The one I’ve been sending out to companies is something I hodgepodged together in LibreOffice, and while it got the job done, it wasn’t exactly elegant. It was filled with odd formatting, like empty lines in 4-point font and other hacks to get the look right, all while staying on one page.
But I remembered that I had access to InDesign, the desktop publishing part of the Adobe Creative Suite. Then I realized that I could probably do a much better job using the proper tools for the job, to say nothing of getting in some practice on a program I advertise myself as knowing. So I sat down at the computer, avoided Facebook and Tumblr, and got to work.
And it was really quite fun. Even more so when I took the time to do things properly, setting up appropriate paragraph and character styles and everything. Sure, I could have probably done it faster. But that wasn’t the only purpose of this exercise. The others were a) to feel useful and b) to brush up on using the program.
Was this work that needed to be done? Probably not, regardless of how good an idea it may be in the long run. But it was a fairly easy project, self contained, that let me ease back into being creative and making design decisions. Or so I keep telling myself.
So I now have a spiffy new resume. It looks pretty much exactly like the old one. But I’m okay with that. And yes, it’s late and I don’t know what else to write about. But this beats complaining about work or pining over a job application.