Have you ever had to make a tough decision, one that could be life changing? I'm sure we have all been there. I have recently had to make a tough decision, and if there is one thing I learned it's don't overthink or second guess your final decision. You can take your time, break it down, pull a spreadsheet, and make sure you are covered. When you come up with a decision you feel confident about, go for it! Don't second guess yourself as it will only make it more stressful and confusing. I mean, in construction we make tough decisions all the time. In fact we make decisions where if we make the wrong one, it could be a loss of thousands and thousands of dollars or worse, a major safety incident. So, I started thinking even though this is a life changing event, it's no different than some of the decisions I make at work. I asked myself, how do I make tough decisions at work?
First: Break it all down, go through: risk vs. reward, cost analysis, schedule impacts, steps, etc.
Second: Having a plan B or backup plan is essential. (even though you always plan for success and not failure).
Third: Make a decision and be willing to stick with it if you truly believe it's the right one. You will do whatever it takes to make it successful.
Why wasn't I able to do the same with my current decision? One of the things that affected my decision was all the personal factors causing changes to my original decision. In turn, led to frustration, stress and uncertainty.
So a lessons learned for me is yes, it's ok to change your mind. However, once you have decided, don't second guess yourself. Instead embrace, enjoy and run with it. The decision might not be easy, but in the end, it's your decision.
How important is organization on your job site? Have you ever thought about what it costs to be unorganized? Most all of us could use some improvement in this area. More jobs than not are in some serious need of organization. However, it doesn't stop there. Not only should a job be clean and organized, but efficient as well. I mean, what good is it to hurry and strip footings and place them in nice neat stacks where a crane or forklift can't get to them until after the backfill is complete. Sometimes it's a simple as stacking the material on one side or the other of a footing that can make all the difference.
Take a look at the pictures below, If this was your job what would you change? Are there any you feel you wouldn't change?
Just some things to look for:
Do work areas look ready
Are there too many or not enough people working in the work areas
This is a broad subject, it could be anything from logistics of the job to paperwork on your desk. Each area of organization could be costing your job money, if it takes you an extra 5 minutes to find the drawings you need then another 5 extra minutes to find paperwork for one of your crew members. That time can add up and is completely preventable! It might sound like much to worry about, but think about the whole jobs wasted time. If your logistics aren't planned out and organized we start talking about real money wasted. The construction industry as a whole wastes millions in double handling materials.
How well organized are your crews with tools and materials? It might be time to re-think the job logistics.
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