time management

Giving Versus Taking

Give

I am proud to say that I have been working at Lord & Company for almost 20 years.  I started with the company in May of 1996.  One of the things that impressed me most about the company was their generosity.  Generosity is an area of my life that I have struggled with since I can remember as a small boy growing up in a rural area of Carroll County, Virginia.

 

We all like to exaggerate about how it was when we were kids.  You know the old stories of walking to school uphill in the snow both ways.  I always had food to eat, clothing and anything that I needed.  I did not grow up with very many items that I may have wanted.  I saw others with much more and I wanted to be like them.  At some point in my early childhood I made a decision that I was willing to work hard but I was going to get those things that I wanted.  Unfortunately, I decided to become a taker.

 

As the years have passed by I have begun to see that it is not about Taking as much as it is about Giving.  The little boy inside of me has finally realized that he wants to become a Giver and not a Taker.  This process started when I repented of my sins and ask Jesus Christ to come into my life on November 29, 1992.  That was the single Greatest day of my life and since that day it has been a process of change.

Helping Hands

I am impressed with so many of my co-workers that give their time, talent and resources outside of work each week.  Some of them coach Special Olympics, others teach or train youth, while some raise money for charities or food for the hungry.  They come together for special events like Operation Christmas Shoebox and go over our goal of 200 boxes.  There too many to mention in this short article.

 

Lord & Company is a generous company that cares about our community and those less fortunate.  I have been blessed to see giving in action firsthand over the past 20 years.  Yes we have the most talented professional staff that I have ever worked with in my career but they are so much more.  They have demonstrated to me how to become a Giver and not a Taker.

Helping

You can ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you that I appreciate a job well done.  Well done Lord & Company Team.  Thank you for demonstrating volunteer work and for helping me to start opening up my hand and become that giver that God has always wanted me to become.  Lord & Company is a generous company made up of generous talented people that care about others.

Keep on making a difference in my life and those around me!     

#GivernotaTaker    

 

Tom Carico – PMP

Lord & Company, Inc.

Basic Time Management for Team Environments

time management

 

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.

Time Clock

Date: 11/1/15

Respectfully Submitted:

Tom Carico – PMP

Lord & Company, Inc.