Silent Technical Ramblings

Me, Overworked?

Me, Overworked?

Robert Williams January 6, 2013

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With just three business days into the new year, I’m still adjusting to the knowledge that I received a title promotion after being with L&L Engineering for just three long months. Just before the holidays, my coworker retired, leaving me to fill his shoes as the Chief Structural Designer for L&L. I had already known this was going to happen when I accepted the position, but it still seems weird to me.

Here I am, going on 24 years of insanity, and I’ve reached what could be considered the top of the ladder for some in the drafting/design business. Needless to say, with this title promotion, I’ve also assumed the role of being the only structural designer in the building that knows AutoCAD. This roughly translates to me being the only person on the second floor of our building. This does have its perks though, and my boss did comment on how nicely I’ve utilized the space around my computer, it still remains that I am now solely responsible for our company meeting deadlines. It’s a slightly sobering thought.

I enjoy my work, every minute of it. This helps greatly since I tend to be in the office 45 hours each week clocked, and another 13 or so riding the city bus to and from. For most people, this would be a nightmare of little free time outside the office to do other things. But for me, I rather enjoy spending all that time working on the empty second floor. If I could, I’d take a project home with me each night to get further along in the time table, but I’ve been told that at the end of the day, work is over. 🙁 So instead of playing with AutoCAD all day and night, I tend to spend my nights messing with websites, and other related tools of destruction. So far, this has worked out nicely.

Just this past week, I surprised my boss with a little gift to speak online. I found a nice script that will allow us to keep better track of our current projects being drafted, while printing as little as possible. Before finding this script, and of course modifying it slightly, we would print off a list of projects and their current status. This worked for the most part until being the crazed drafter I am, got ahead of my boss with production, and updated printouts. Needless to say it got complicated trying to sort out which project was in fact in which stage of progress. With this new setup of keeping it updated in one central place, online in this case, we can access it at any time in the office, or out in the field, and make updates quickly, and easily.

While searching for a way to keep our projects updated in the sanest way possible, I stumbled across another script that would have proved much more useful had I found it two years ago when I was working at our sister company, Leasure Associates Inc. We had run into a problem with the contractors setup in order to exchange files between ourselves, and all the different trades that were working on the project. I managed to copy their setup, offering to use my server to store the files that were needed. While it did get the job done, it was also extremely painful to setup, and modify. Had I found this script back then, I could have saved much time configuring everything, and had it up and running in under a quarter the time. Needless to say, now that I have found it, and have it running properly, I know it will come in handy in the future when things start to pick up more.

I guess my boss was right when he told me Friday evening that I work too much. I really haven’t stopped working since I left the office…