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time management & workshop. [Jul. 11th, 2008|01:21 pm]
Doug Ayen
Something I've been wanting to do is get back into the workshop -- but it's hard, as there's always something else going on that requires my immediate attention, or I'm too tired after work, etc.

Years ago, I took a time management class (Franklin Covey), and one of the focuses of the class was to remind us that you schedule the important things first, then fill in with the day-to-day crap and less-important things.

Well, I think the time has come to make this a priority. So, in an effort to be a bit more productive, I've decided to schedule an hour a day, in the morning so I'm not tired, to be workshop time. Yes, it will mean getting up earlier -- but I have a late work schedule as it is (10 - 6) and I've been waking up well before my alarm recently anyway (not sure why, but 6:45 seems to be when I first open my eyes when I haven't been up half the night working.)

Now to see if I can keep to this plan. I know this week would have been a bust -- scheduled maintenances Mon, Tue, and tonight; and muliple calls Wed. and Thurs. (I don't suppose anyone knows of a network engineering job that *doesn't* require oncall and after-hours work? This is getting old faster than I am.)


[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2008-07-11 05:44 pm (UTC)
fwiw, i started trying to do be sure to do yoga this week, even though it meant getting up at 6a. ... it has worked for me so far and i wish you luck with this plan. hopefully i'll get out to visit your workshop (and house) this summer!

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[User Picture]From: ramblingheritic
2008-07-11 06:00 pm (UTC)

I hear you

This year has been me focusing on workshop process and making the most of my time.
Buying a bandsaw so I can accurately cute stock unattended while I forge vs a chopsaw.
working out master pieces of stock for every project with premarked bend points so I can mark the stock before it ever goes into the fire.
making sure I always have precut blanks waiting for me to work.
If I am heating a large piece have smaller pieces ready to go so I can use that heat.
Run the forge hot. The faster I can heat the stock the faster I can work.
Always make the tooling you want for the job an hour making a bending jig will save you days down the line.
Schedule shop time and use it.
Schedule wife time and use it.

Good luck with your schedule.
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[User Picture]From: netpositive
2008-07-11 06:24 pm (UTC)
you schedule the important things first, then fill in with the day-to-day crap and less-important things.

definitely words of wisdom which I too need to take to heart. I hope you are able to get in plenty of workshop time. *hug*
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From: spiffnolee
2008-07-12 04:07 pm (UTC)
I remember that FranklinCovey class. Last year, I got certified to teach it (but only for employees at my company).

Most consulting gigs are daytime-only (or you get paid for after-hours work). My department does require after-hours maintenance and rotating on-call, but I need more engineers to spread out the rotation (currently hiring one network engineer and two high-end Windows integrators: apply to StanleyAssociates.com). Having three maint windows in one week is insane; having multiple calls the same week would drive me away.

Good luck with the morning schedule!
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