I reckon I’m going to have to go back to being a hyper-organized, anal-retentive engineer who scores points on his co-workers when they haven’t done their jobs. Trying to be the nice, laid-back guy who takes everyone at their word and lets them handle the details just isn’t getting parts through the shop like it should.
When I was cleaning out my office the other day, I realized that I used to be extremely organized. I think part of it was the fact that I used to not have a terribly large amount of stuff to do, so I would be really organized and have the answer at my fingertips just whenever.
The last year or so, I’ve really gotten away from that, writing notes on scraps of paper and discarding them when I’d gotten the task accomplished. I’m still very much anal-retentive about how my email’s sorted, but that’s been about it. As my job responsibilities have increased, I have been lazy and not kept up with the paperwork like I used to do, because it seemed to not be very efficient.
That changes this weekend. Unless I have to leave town [which I’m sure everyone would prefer not happen, right, Dad? :D], I’ll come up here on Saturday morning and wear the printer out, printing stuff to go in folders for each of the programs I’m working on these days: task orders, revisions, emails, schedules, parts status, etc. I want to have a plethora of information at my fingertips so I can ask pointed questions on the spot and be incisive.
I hate having to do that, and I’m sure that I’ll try to do it with the same aw-shucks manner that has me generally liked around here [I could write a whole other entry on that subject], but … dammit, I’m tired of cleaning up other people’s shit.