I have waited ALL WEEK to be able to say that! Today ends the 2nd busiest week of my life here at [Current Company]. I still have loads to do today, up to and including revamping something I did earlier in the week because the "owner" added a bunch of stuff and screwed up the formatting. Not that I'm complaining, mind you; I actually enjoy the process of organizing documents and formatting them so they flow appropriately from one topic to the next.
I'm referring to InfoMapping - in case you hadn't already figured that out. I took an InfoMapping class last April ('08) and, though it's been a year (-ish) since I've really put the skills I learned in that class to good use - I'm very, very happy to have an excuse to use it. It's not extremely difficult, but sometimes the formatting options can really throw you for a loop. It's used in conjunction with MS Word, and though it looks like you're working in a Word document, and it seems like you should be able to format using the Word options - you aren't and you can't. A little more maneuvering is involved and adding and deleting things isn't just a simple process.
But regardless of the nuances between formatting using InfoMapping and formatting in MS Word, I still enjoy it. I guess this is just one reason why I love what I do. I may not be the most organized person in this position, and I may occasionally let something slip through the cracks - but I think that's not necessarily just me being me - I think it's more just me being human.
That being said, I recently fired off a letter (via email, of course) to a friend, who also happens to be my doctor. (Hey! She made the mistake of giving me her email address so it's her fault! LOL!) In the letter I vented about quite a few things, but mostly I vented about my lack of focus and organization. One would think that my being medicated for ADD (and...um...other stuff) I would be oh-so-in-control, but I'm not. I still am the world's most disorganized person. I know how to organize. I can file stuff like nobodies business. I can clean and organize a room right up there with the best of them. But this is not me...by nature. Nature (God, The Fates...choose one) decided a long time ago that I am supposed to be disorganized.
Does that make me an artist?
Moving on...one of my wonderful friends and co-workers sent me an email the other day that said, "Perhaps you should consider a career change ? Seriously… Maybe even in the [Company's] Marketing department? I hate that stuff. I'd rather balance the budget than create a newsletter any day!!!" I think I mentioned this conversation a post or two ago. Anyway - that got me thinking...where am I going?
Do I really have a career? Or, am I just working a job...for now?
While I do love what I do, it's definitely not my life's ambition to be an Administrative Assistant. That being said, I decided to take the bull by the horns and contact ITT Technical Institute. After speaking to wonderful woman at the local campus, I am, someday soon (date has not been set yet) going to meet with her to discuss the Computer Drafting and Design courses for a degree. This seems to be right up my alley because I love computers, I love design, I love architecture, I love art - but I am (getting back to my original point) worried about the "organization" this course will require.
However, by nature, as disorganized as I am, I am also very linear. I like things to be organized and straight-forward and logical. So, I think, I may have found my future.
Of course, I won't really know until I spend 2 hours with the woman from ITT Tech sometime in the next week or so - but from everything I've read and learned (through independent study and research) I think this is a good thing. My concerns (and ITT Tech Lady knows this) are time (where am I going to find it?) and money (where am I going to find it?). But, ITT Tech Lady seems to think that I might be eligible for some financial assistance - so we'll see.
Anyway - wish me luck in this new adventure. It's time. It really is.