HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Comments
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/4  >  >>
notarboca
User Rank
Gold
Re: Hard to believe
notarboca   10/15/2012 12:40:22 AM
NO RATINGS
I am not a compulsive neat freak, but I couldn't find a part or tool on some of these desks without the aid of GPS and a recent tetanus vaccination.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bad timing
Ann R. Thryft   10/12/2012 11:58:25 AM
NO RATINGS
That's exactly what I want to avoid: wasting time looking for "tools" needed to do the job--including pieces of paper if it's in the office--instead of doing the fun part. My kitchen is highly organized for that reason. I love to cook, but I hate to not find a tool in it's place. Now if only I could keep my office as organized as my kitchen...

oldpartsnrust
User Rank
Iron
Re: Bad timing
oldpartsnrust   10/11/2012 8:40:09 PM
NO RATINGS
I must spend 25-30% of the time I am working on something looking for where I put a particular tool (usually the tape measure) or pencil.  I actually buy 2 or 3 of just about every tool so when I go back to a project, the tools are nearby.  Otherwise I would have to go looking all over the house, garage and shed to find something I need.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bad timing
Ann R. Thryft   10/11/2012 1:37:35 PM
NO RATINGS
Chuck, if it's only 10% of your time, then I say why bother cleaning up? When I said gridlock I mean more like 30%-plus; that amount can definitely affect productivity.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bad timing
Charles Murray   10/10/2012 6:14:43 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann, I've always been curious about how much time I must spend looking for stuff I've lost. I'll bet that 10% of my time goes to that category.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bad timing
Ann R. Thryft   10/10/2012 12:06:42 PM
NO RATINGS
I clean up periodically, since I periodically get gridlock from not being able to find things.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bad timing
Charles Murray   10/9/2012 7:28:10 PM
NO RATINGS
I've talked about being a neatnik. I've even made plans to clean up more often. Never seems to happen, though.

78RPM
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Bad timing
78RPM   10/9/2012 12:57:55 PM
NO RATINGS
I used to have a filing system: "Newest on the top; oldest on the bottom." Then our company adopted a clean desk policy -- for security of intellectual property. I got organized and cleaned up my act and found that I liked it. I adopted a new policy of tearing up failed experiments. If I wanted to keep an article I tore it out and filed it where I would use it instead of keeping the whole magazine.

Engineers are lucky not to have to abide by HIPAA confidentiality law that must be observed by clinics and hospitals. If they work with such clients they must understand their role in keeping confidential info locked up.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bad timing
Ann R. Thryft   10/9/2012 12:30:22 PM
NO RATINGS
Voigt's "workspace" is unbelievable. I guess it could be worse--there are actual aisles between the piles--but doesn't it take at least as much time to find stuff as it does to work? Aside from that lost bill, I eventually became a neatnik in my office, workshop, and kitchen because I hated having an inspiration and then not being able to do it for want of finding the tools. By the time I found the tools/backup info/whatever the inspiration might have disappeared and I was an unhappy, frustrated non-creator.

rebowker
User Rank
Iron
"Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere..."
rebowker   10/9/2012 11:55:31 AM
NO RATINGS
My take is this: there is a messy desk, and then there is a messy desk. One messy desk is piled with data from past projects, white papers, spec sheets, etc., basically a free air open-looped file cabinet. That is geniune messy. In another blog post I stated messy desk vs clean desk are two different information management strategies. In the end the benchmark is how much time it takes to find whatever is being looked for. THEN there is a messy desk. That just needs to be cleaned up. I'm sorry, I see that coke cans and serpentine tangled phone cords are not included in the true spirit of the open-looped free air information management style of our revered engineering forefathers.

<<  <  Page 2/4  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a sustainable way to derive hydrogen from grass to develop biofuel.
Without failure and loss, there is no success. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater than others. That’s certainly true of engineer and Space Race astronaut Gus Grissom.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
Researchers in China have developed a new material that mimics coral that could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean.
The popularity of Pokemon Go may be break open a new rush of augmented reality products.
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 11 - 15, Embedded System Design Techniques™ - Debugging Real-time Embedded Software – Hands on
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service