In this episode of The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast, Jared M. Green, P.E., D. GE, F.ASCE, NOMA, and Anthony Fasano, P.E., LEED AP highlight and recap some of our top geotechnical episodes and the wisdom shared by some of our previous guests.
The Benefits of Scheduling Software for Engineering Professionals is a guest blog by Jim Hughes
With the influx of new technologies, the engineering field has become more dynamic than ever. The expanding role of modern engineers, the increasing volatility of their work, the growing needs for engineering staffing and the rising need for engineering talent – all of these make project management and employee management challenging for engineers. Thankfully, there are tools that can make things easier for engineers, and one of the most essential is scheduling software. [Read more…] about The Benefits of Scheduling Software for Engineering Professionals
If you are one of almost 2 million engineers in the United States looking for a mentor, then you have made a smart career decision. Studies show receiving mentoring from the right career mentor can make a measurable difference. So, what should you look for in career mentors? Here’s some suggestions.
This is a guest blog post by Carol Evenson
As industries continue to evolve to accommodate the changing needs and demands of society, the skills being head-hunted by human resources and talent managers are also changing. And considering that job markets are becoming increasingly saturated, it can pay off to learn and master specific skills. Honing these six must-have skills will not only make you more marketable but also help broaden your career horizon.
The ability to manage your time and energy equates to a higher degree of efficiency and productivity in the workplace, skills that any company will want to bring into their organization. Of course, it can be tricky to gauge how effective you are with managing your time and even more difficult to show it to your interviewers. Keeping a journal that tracks your daily tasks, showing up on time for your interviews, and choosing your questions during the interview are good ways to show that you are all about time management and that you can prioritize your energy and time on tasks that matter.
The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch – A Book Review
Welcome to Episode #7 of Engineering Career TV. In this episode, I talk about a book titled The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less by Richard Koch.
I spend most of the Engineering Career TV episodes answering questions that have been submitted from engineers around the world on how to rapidly advance their careers and live the lives they want to live.
You can submit questions for the show by clicking here.
Let’s jump into today’s book, The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less, which is the first in a series of book reviews where I discuss the following: [Read more…] about Applying the 80/20 Principle in your Engineering Career – Engineering Career TV Ep. 7
In this episode, I am going to talk to one of our listeners, Carl Humphrey, about challenges that he is facing around career planning and will give you some advice on how you can use your time wisely as an engineering professional. There were some very interesting strategies that we discussed in this episode that I believe apply to engineers at all experience levels considering how to chart the future of their career paths.
Here are the key points from this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast:
- The key to time management is to make sure that you put the time that you do have towards what’s important to you and what’s important in respect to achieving your goals.
- When you have a time management issue, you must look at your personal as well as your professional goals and make sure that your time is focused on moving you closer to that goals.
- Consider doing extra work at any engineering company so you can put that on your resume. For example, maybe you volunteer to attend evening meetings so that you can advance your learning in a certain topic. You may not get compensated immediately in the way of salary, but it might pay off in the long term because of the knowledge you are gaining.
- Get super clear on your goals and make sure you are focused on things moving you towards your goals and that you are not getting off-track.
- Have a process that helps to bring you back on course, whenever you get off-track.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, I will give you some actionable advice that you can apply to help you focus your time and energy.
About Carl Humphrey
Carl Humphrey was raised by good parents but he was a bit of a lost and wandering soul at times. Out of high school, he immediately jumped into the construction industry and learned so much but carried some demons about his past with him. Entering his thirties he knew life had more in store for him than what he had become. Starting with the spirit and branching into actions and behaviors, he exposed and examined everything that had gotten him thus far. Fast-forward to today, at this point, he has overcome many obstacles, and in doing so, he has realized that he wants to help those around him. You can follow his thoughts on his blog at www.waterebbandflow.com.
“Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.”
– Amos Bronson Alcott
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How can you use your time wisely as an Engineering Professional?
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success
There are several definitions in the dictionary for the word leverage, but the one I like the most is: use (something) to maximum advantage.
Because your most limited resource is time, I would recommend that in your engineering career and life, you leverage your time. In other words, you use your time to gain maximum advantage.
I recently was coaching a senior engineer, and he was telling me about a huge challenge that he had with his team, around predicting future workload. After talking to him for 15 minutes, I realized that his challenge wasn’t this problem, it was the fact that he didn’t have enough time to solve the problem. He was spending his time on other things, that were in my opinion, not as critical.
In this article, I want to give you three items to consider when thinking about how to spend your time. Think about a lever that you can pull. The longer the lever, the stronger the force. In this situation, the length of the lever is directly related to the importance of what you decide to work on, and the impact that task can have…
If you read my blog regularly, you know that I often write about efficiency and productivity in the workplace, as I believe lack of these things is the leading cause of engineers working too many hours.
I believe that one of the most important aspects of being productive is the ability to focus for a long period of time, which can be difficult in a world full of distractions. Two different systems allow me to sharpen my focus, work more productively and generate high-quality results.
First, I set aside a certain time of the day or week to do certain tasks. For example, I usually write blog posts early Friday morning, at 5:30 a.m. By doing this consistently, I know that that is my time to write and only write. I focus intently on that task and don’t let anything else get in the way. [Read more…] about Engineering Productivity: How and When to Break a Task Up into Smaller Steps
I recently read a book called Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. The book details the daily routines of the most successful authors, screenwriters, and painters of all time. One of the recurring themes for most of the artists in the book was that they did their most productive work before noon. Some of them would write 3,000 words before lunchtime, then they would spend the rest of the day relaxing, exercising, or gallivanting out on the town.
Yet most engineers I know today spend the mornings checking e-mail, making phone calls, or participating in unproductive meetings. I understand, because this is what I did as an engineer. Now, I am not trying to compare engineers to writers—the workplace settings are certainly different—but my goal in this post is to give you a strategy to be more productive in the morning and subsequently overall in your approach.
Unlike money or aptitude, time is the one commodity that every person on earth has the exact same amount of each day. Most expend an amazing amount of effort trying to expand this non-renewable resource. Multi-tasking, out-sourcing to another (a.k.a. using a secretary), and back-to-back scheduling are undertaken to cram as much as possible into a 24-hour period. The belief being that if we can somehow manage our time effectively, we can get it all done.
But is this true? When was the last time you felt that you had adequate time to get it all done? My guess is that if you are operating on a full schedule between family, profession, and volunteer work, you never feel like you get everything done that can be done. For those in that position, time management doesn’t work. What is needed is time leadership.
Leadership Versus Management
The leadership versus management distinction found in organizational dynamics shows-up as well in how we approach our relationship with time. When managing time, you’re controlling a finite element, small-slicing it to get as many things accomplished as possible between sunrise and sunset. Your feeling of self-worth and accomplishment comes from accomplishing all, or at least a large majority, of the items in the schedule and on the task list. Accomplished successfully, you feel good about yourself and that you have control over your time and work. However, enter any unplanned interruption – a sick kid, unforeseen business opportunity, a crisis phone call – and your well-planned day can fall apart. Unless, that is, you’re leading your time. [Read more…] about Time Leadership