Monday, March 4, 2013

I Do Work ... A Lot

Sometimes (read: most of the time) I eat breakfast at 1 pm.

Half of my typical breakfast. Sometimes I also have canned pears, classy.

Please don't read that sentence and think that I'm just a lazy bum, because after breakfast my day tends to get pretty hectic. My Google calendar has every hour of the day from 2 pm to 10:30 or 11 mapped out. Write a blog post here, apply for jobs there, do online class lectures and quizzes in between.

I don't sit at home and watch Netflix all day. In fact, I don't have a Netflix account at all. I do have an Amazon prime account, and occasionally I'll throw on the next episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for background noise, if I'm tired of my piano bar themed playlist on Spotify.

If I finish a blog post for which I have allotted an hour in only twenty minutes, I reward myself with some free web browsing time. Every once in awhile, I get the chance to browse Reddit or Stumble Upon something. I haven't read my Tumblr dashboard in over a week.

I have a slight obsessions with color coding. It helps me get things done.

I'm taking online classes that equal a full course load, except that I don't have to go anywhere to attend lectures. This doesn't make it easier, but actually makes it much more difficult to commit. There are days I don't have to wake up, shower, and put on pants - but I do, or I won't get anything done.

Wearing pants just makes you more productive.

I search for jobs for about three hours each day. On an average day, I find about six or seven to apply to. For each job, I write a cover letter, and update my resume so that it contains key words and phrases from the job posting. Each week, I receive less than two responses, always rejections.

Class notes for organic chem, one of three classes I'm currently taking.
There are days I can't take the rejection, and I hope that my inbox is empty. On other days, I hope that someone has at least acknowledged my existence with a "No thank you," or a "We've filled the position." If I were paid hourly to apply to jobs, I'd be beyond fine.

So please, please, stop telling me that I'm lazy because I don't have a job yet.

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