By Brooke Morris, Design Team Member
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritans Purse that partners with Churches in foreign countries to spread the Gospel to boys and girls. OCC presents a shoebox full of gifts and essentials to the children, and many disciple through a Bible study course. Each year Churches and companies across the region collect and pack shoeboxes to expand and grow the spread the word of Jesus Christ.
The method of filling a shoebox is simple. You can use an adult size shoebox or get a preformed box from the ministry. The shoebox, made up of a “Wow item”, a special gift for the child such as soccer ball with pump, stuffed animals, dolls, toy cars and trucks. Also the box should contain school supplies, non-liquid hygiene items, accessories, crafts and other fun toys or activity books. There are 3 age levels and you can choose the gender of the child also. Girls 2-4, Girls 5-9, Girls 10-14 & Boys 2-4, Boys 5-9, Boys 10-14. There is a suggested donation of $7 to cover the shipping of the shoebox. You can even track your box online by completing the tracking label and submitting your $7 donation for shipping.
Lord & Company, Inc. started participating in Operation Christmas Child in 2013. Our first year we collected about 25 boxes. In 2014 we encouraged our company to take part more and set and met a goal of 60 boxes.
For 2015 we wanted to push further and get even more people involved in the project. Our goal is 200 boxes. To help reach this goal we had a company meeting to explain exactly what Operation Christmas Child is all about and showed our teams how to pack a shoebox. We have planned a packing party for November 6th and have encouraged our employees to get their kids and family involved. I know personally that my 15 year old son and 4 year old grandson love to help shop for the boxes. They are learning to give to others. These are kids that don’t have the everyday necessities that are often taken for granted by children in the US.
By adding something new each year, we hope to gain more interest and thus collect more boxes. To maximize our collection for 2015 we are doing a Penny Drive. Each L&C team gets a collection pale and challenged to see who could bring in the most change by November 6th for our packing party. The change collection will buy extra items needed when we pack the boxes.
Our final collection day is November 13th. We will pray over the boxes for God’s will and the Love of Jesus to spread and shared through the children that receive this special gift. Our boxes will then shipped to Samaritan’s Purse and distributed during December.
I have been working in the Engineering Field for about 30 years now and one thing has not changed. We need to be able to do more work in less hours. I have read books on time management and went to seminars to help me develop time management skills. I also know that everyone is different but I wanted to share a few items that has worked for me and helped me with my time management. I hope that you will find some items that will help you with your time management.
Be aware and on the outlook for the small things that distract you from your work each day. You may want to check your emails 2 or 3 times a day but do not leave them up in front of you at all times. If you stop what you are doing to read each email as it appears on your screen this will take up half of your workday. Impromptu meetings can also be a leading cause of disruptions in your work day. Request that meetings have a schedule with an agenda so that it minimizes everyone’s time involved. I know that meetings are necessary to get work done in a team environment but planned and scheduled meeting are far more productive. I enjoy attending and being part of productive meetings but I do not recall a productive meeting that I attended without an agenda.
Have a written plan for each day. This helps me stay focused on the work that has you’ve decided to be a priority for the work day. This helps me stay on track each day and helps me to see my daily goals. I typically use my tablet for this purpose.
Keep a daily progress report. How many times have I worked 9, 10 or more hours in one day and left work feeling like I was not productive? The answer is way too many times. Keeping a daily progress report helps me focus on each day’s successes even when I worked on items that were not planned. Yes, no matter how much planning you do there will be days that outside factors force you to change your priority list for the day and you work on other items. Keeping a daily progress report helps me remember to focus on the work items that I completed for the day and not the items that I did not get accomplished.
Answer Phone calls. If you are not deep in the middle of a task you should go ahead and answer that phone call. I know we all get too many phone calls that we may consider non-productive but it may take less time to take the call than to return the phone call later. Remember that we all want someone to answer our phone calls so we should do the same. If you have voice messages, set aside a couple of times a day to return phone calls. I try to return calls at 10 AM and at 3 PM each day.
A Good night’s sleep. Each day starts so much better if you get a good night’s sleep. I have found that I work better with 7 hours sleep each night. I can make it on less sleep but it catches up with me by the end of the week. I know that coffee is my friend in the morning since I am not a morning person but coffee will not make me productive all day long. Sleep prepares my mind and body for each work day. Do not underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep.
Multi-tasking. I have tried to multi-task and I have found myself making too many costly mistakes. I work on many projects and I wear many hats each day so this is a daily thorn in my side. I have my work schedule, my home family schedule, my church schedule, my volunteer schedule, my reading schedule and so on … You get the picture. We are all busy and if we are not careful we try to focus on too many things at one time and we are not effective at any of them. Concentrate on one item at a time and complete it. I try to keep one schedule for work and home with alert reminders to help me remember all the items that I want to do and schedule. I often hear people say that I wish I could remember this or that thing tomorrow. I typically say if we could only have someone invent something that was small and easy to carry that we could schedule reminders to alert us tomorrow? It is too bad that you do not have such a device like this that could help you. Use your Smart Phone to help you and remind you of anything and everything that is important to you.
One of our greatest resources that we have is time. No matter rich, poor, young, older God gave us all the same 24 hours each day. Make a plan and use your time wisely. I hope that some of the things that I have learned and shared on time management will help you focus and become more productive each day. I continue to work on improving my time management skills each day. Speaking of time management; the phone is ringing and it is time for me to get back to work.
Tom Carico – PMP
Lord & Company, Inc.
I have been blessed to work at Lord & Company for the past 20 years in multiple areas in the LC Team. I wanted to share just a few things that I enjoy about my day to day work at Lord & Company.
5. I enjoy the opportunity to work with different types of technology. Each new project provides new challenges; whether it is Radio (RF Technology), Fiber LAN, WAN, PLC Control Panels or some new instrument. I have the opportunity to work with new software and technology on a daily basis. This keeps me learning and enthusiastic about the next new project.
4. I enjoy doing quality work and being part of the LC Team that puts an emphasis on doing high quality work for our clients. Doing your best just makes everyone feel better at the end of the day. We strive to continue to improve our quality on each phase of each project.
3. I enjoy the teamwork and the people. We spend some long hours working together to meet deadlines on projects and it can get hectic at times but at the end of the day I really appreciate working as a team. I am an introvert; so working as a team helps me get out of my comfort zone. I have made some friendships at work with some great people that will last a lifetime.
2. Customer Service is another high priority and I enjoy being able to help clients when the opportunity comes knocking. I appreciate the fact that we will email the client their PLC code on a past project if they need it and help answer questions after the project is over. I have heard way too many horror stories about System Integrators that will not send their client the PLC programs in an effort to force them to continue doing business with them. I have been able to help our customers and competitors; that is truly customer service.
1. Integrity is our number one goal at Lord & Company. I enjoy seeing a company practice what they preach; integrity. I enjoy building relationships with vendors and treating them the way I would like to be treated. Integrity is our foundation and a benchmark for our success.
I did not have room to add in the lunch hour and I always joke about it being my favorite time of each work day. Everyone that knows me; they know that I like to eat. I enjoy eating in our lunch room with others to catch up with them and their family. I also like going out to lunch to some of the local restaurants nearby.
Thanks for taking time to read about some of the reasons that I enjoy working with and being a part of the Lord & Company Team.
Tom Carico – PMP
Lord & Company, Inc.