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Past and Future Productivity Strategies

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Past and Future Productivity Strategies

Making the decision to go back to school after 15 years with a family of five at home it was very apparent that I was going to need a quiet place to study and for schoolwork. It was imperative that with what little time I had to complete the project that I made every minute work. "20% of the average workday is spent on "crucial" and "important" things, while 80% of the average workday is spent on things that have "little value" or "no value. (Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, 1999) Accomplishing a project of building a home office, combining strategies from previous projects has identified areas of focus to improve continuously and employ different strategies to ensure a success at school.

The Home Office

Like a ticking time bomb with a dead line to meet, it was imperative that each task that I executed was completed flawlessly and expeditiously. I began the process of building my office six weeks before the start of my first online college class. Upon graduation from high school I worked as a carpenter building homes for a little less than a year, so I knew that finishing one room was not going to be a problem. The unfinished basement required framing in the room, run required electrical wiring for outlets and the ceiling fan, insulation for heating and cooling, in addition to sound proofing. As well as hanging sheetrock and doors, painting, and installing the floor to complete the project. The first two weeks the most visible progress is made by framing in the room, completing the electric, and installing the insulation and hanging drywall. Over the next week I spackled the drywall on the ceiling and walls ensuring that the walls and ceiling were smooth and ready for paint. This was the most time intensive task because the dry time of the spackle and sanding. The following week I primed the walls preparing them for paint and installed the floor and doors. Over the last two weeks of my six week endeavor I finished up odds and ends. Hanging the window trim, installing the wall outlet and switch covers and moving the furniture in.



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