I want to start by saying that I’m sorry for not keeping up with my blogging. The only thing that has been stopping me from blogging is my own selfishness. When I first noticed that I was falling behind in my blogs I wanted to catch up, but I never put in time for it and finally stopped caring. I didn’t see any hope in trying when I was already so far in the dust. Project VENTURA could have ended in the same way; with a design and a plan but no assigned times to work on the furniture, clean out the trailer, or buy the needed supplies and materials. A whole idea could have blown away with the wind if it wasn’t picked up by some thoughtful, creative, problem-solving hands.
Time is constantly moving and you can either standstill and watch it pass you, or get on the constant flow of moon rises and sunsets. There are several people who say that time management is a skill that is needed throughout life and is an absolute must for engineers. Time management itself is defined as the analysis of how working hours are spent and the prioritization of tasks in order to maximize personal efficiency in the workplace. In other words, time management is how to spend time so that each moment counts when completely a task. In order for things to get done there must be a plan. Ken Kabaki stated in his blog, Actionable Time Management Tips-1, “The to-do list is an effective time management practice which allows you to make sure that you do not waste your time worrying about what you have forgotten. Avoid trying to create a TO-DO list in your head. It must, must, must be written down. Once you have you TO-DO list completed leave it at a highly visible spot such as your desk top.”
When things are not planned then stress, worry and tears are side effects. Sometimes in English class I would leave my paper until the night before and waterfalls poured and hair fell to the Earth, but when I bit off paragraph after paragraph I could actually enjoy the whole piece without choking on one cumbersome essay. Since Project VENTURA has been broken down piece by piece then we’ve had an easy-going time, but extra steps were taken such as workdays on the weekends, at least a whole class day once a week to work on the trailer, and Ms. Jo has put in so much of her own time to get this finished out and beautiful.
Those same hands that picked up the idea blowing in the wind are the same ones that have constructed 18:1 scale models, cleaned the Airstream walls, mastered the art of drilling and given high fives at the end of a workday well spent. Come on, I’ll help you into the Airstream and we can enjoy each other’s company while I teach you all I have learned about the sunset and moonrise.
P.S. Thank you class and Ms. Jo for working so hard so that this vintage Airstream is almost unrecognizable as it have been transformed into a teacher area. Keep up the good work; we are almost done, look at how much we’ve done so far.