Did you ever have that one day when everything was going right until poor planning stepped on your foot? Well let me tell you this happens to me quite often, so don’t be embarrassed. You are not alone. I have a story that taught me about the consequences of poor planning. Hold on there is more, imagine having a 3 year old boy in tow. Now I am not hating on boys, but there is just something about a young boys energy and attention span that goes haywire after siting still for more then 30 seconds. So lets bring on the wine and I will give you a taste of one of the most exhausting nights of my furniture building career.
Heres the Scoop on my Poor Planning
Ok so I got an order for a really big build. I was so excited to do a new concept. It was an entertainment center with large barn doors. Wanna check out how we built it click here for the post. After finally completing it it was time to deliver it the the clients house, which by the way, wasn’t too far. Thank god because of coarse it would start to sprinkle. Dang Texas weather sucks. Anyhow we made it, and it was about six in the afternoon, or evening depending on how you look at it. We greet the clients and start to unload the truck. Lowe and behold a lot of the paint was scrapped of during the drive. Yay for extra paint for touch ups.
So here we are on the clients lawn try to unload and touch paint while my minion is running around close to the street. I felt the gray hairs grow as we continued working, while I tried to keep an I on the little one. Ok time to carry the pieces into the home. I had to build it in a way that it can assembled and un assemble. After a lot of drilling, screaming, and 4 hours later we finally finished setting it up.
Let me tell you, the three were so exhausted, so hungry, and so frustrated. I felt so bad that we stay so long and most of the time it was us trying to get our boy settled down. Anyway I digress.
The moral of the story is that I should have planned out the delivery better as well as the assembly. I would have at least shaved off 2 hours from that debacle. But hey we all have to learn from our mistakes right.
So the purpose of planning is not only to stop some gray hairs from sprouting out but when done right, planning can help you execute your projects faster and more efficient. You will be able to take control of your day instead of wasting it on pointless task. Like Confucius once said, “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” Man was he so right. I recently found an article on Forbes that has some good tips on time management. The link will be at the bottom of the post. I personally use a few myself or at least tried to implement them. I will keep you updated on how it goes, and I hope that they will help you as well. Until next time, Adios amigos.