I wanted to take a moment to share an update and a little about my blogging plans for this year.
Commentary – The Master Builder – How The Role of Architects has Evolved and Where You Can Find the Modern Version of the Master Builder
The roots of the architect can be traced back to the times of the Ancient Greeks. The term architect, or arkhitekton in Greek, was the title given to the master builder who would oversee the design and construction
Commentary – Why 2020 Was The Worst Year and How To Give Yourself Space to Be Creative.
Despite these blessings, you may know, that this year, my drive for continuing this blog waned. I shared how my workload was at an all-time high, but my motivation was at an all-time low.
Since that time, I would not say that things have changed very much.
We are still in a pandemic. My work load remains high. Motivation for writing this blog remains low.
Commentary – Working from Home – How to be Alone Without Feeling Lonely.
In contrast to working in an office, working from home can be very isolating. Dealing with that effectively can be challenging, but after some time, and by making a few adjustments, these feelings can be overcome.
Commentary – Working From Home – How Working From Home Will Become the New Normal and How You Should Set-up Your Home Office.
There is a discussion thread on the AIA Practice Management Forum which started with the question, “How is your firm ensuring efficiency in a remote working environment?”
There have been a number of replies which I would characterize as mixed.
The comments range, from expressions of gratitude for the time regained from no longer needing to endure a commute, to complaints about having to adapt to working in pdf. Keep in mind these are Architects accustomed to reviewing large scale full size sheets. Reviewing drawings on a computer screen (in pdf) is very different from being able to make comments and corrections directly onto a drawing.
Regardless of whether you relish working from home or dread it, working from home is here to stay. The sooner people internalize this, the sooner they will be able to adapt. Only then will they achieve similar or perhaps even greater levels of efficiency as compared to working from an office.
Happy New Year 2020 – Self-Improvement – Books, Books, and More Books. Which Ones Will You Read in 2020?
If you have any books on your list that you think would be a good addition to mine, let me know.
Happy Thanksgiving – Goal Setting – How Bill Bartmann Sets Goals for Achieving Anything.
I began searching through the internet for a set of goal setting rules to help inspire and motivate me.
ProcureCon 2020 – I’m Speaking – Why This Year’s ProcureCon Facilities Conference Will be Great!
This year’s conference seems to be the most comprehensive event yet.
Book Review – The 4 hour Workweek – Sounds Good! But It’s Not for Me!
The book is ripe with principles to adopt. It’s pretty much a blueprint for changing your life.
Best Practices – Negotiations – How An Accusation Audit Can Help you Win a Negotiation and Why Cops Shouldn’t Use This Tactic on Little Old Ladies
It was obvious that the damage happened as a result of her hitting the curb. I then tried to ask her what happened and she just looked at me with bewilderment.
Best practices -Negotiations – How A Shoe Shine Helped Remind Me About Fundamental Principles of Negotiations and Good Business.
The business lessons I got from Joseph will stay with me much longer.
Commentary – Urban Hyper-density – Why Suburban Living is Evil and How You can Save the World by Moving into the City.
As I listened to how expensive my chosen way of life is, I wondered why Americans choose to live in suburbs.