Letter from the President - June 2019
It is hard to believe we are almost halfway through 2019! This month marks one year since I started my own consulting business, and let me tell you I have learned so much more in the past year than in most of my career. There are some things I have known about myself (I am not a morning person!), and there are some things I really tried not to admit. So, here goes. My name is Kimberly, and I am a PROCRASTINATOR!
I had been employed continuously since I graduated tech school way back when. I would get up in the morning, go to work, do my job, come home, get a paycheck. Repeat. But when I decided after a layoff last year to strike out on my own, I was in for some life lessons! You see, I don’t really have a boss (other than my clients) demanding that I sit at my desk from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., five days per week. However, if I’m not disciplined enough to do just that, I don’t get a paycheck (see above)! Sometimes it’s just easier to sleep in, or drink that second cup of coffee while watching the morning news and catching up on Facebook. But that won’t pay the bills. Add in trying to finish a degree online, family obligations, and other commitments, and my time is limited. I’m not complaining, of course. This is the path I have chosen.
I have learned that procrastination is the enemy of production. Some people say they do their best work under pressure. Not me. I can and will meet deadlines if it kills me, but I know that if I had just tackled a task sooner, I could have put more effort into a better outcome. It has taken many painful experiences of late nights and many tears to finally get what my fourth grade teacher was trying to tell me...”If Kimberly could ever get organized, she would be an excellent student.”
All of this introspection leads me to this: we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Where have you been procrastinating in your career? Do you want to learn Dynamo or Maya or InfraWorks? What are you waiting for? Are you wanting to do something more, but aren’t sure where to start? I used to open my edition of AUGIWorld every month and only read the articles for the software I was using at the time (usually AutoCAD and Revit). AUGIWorld is filled with articles across several different software platforms. Even if you’re not familiar with them, I would encourage you to read them. Our AUGI authors put their own time and effort into writing every month. If there is a topic you want to see, contact any one of our Content Managers to submit your own articles for our publication. Remember, this is YOUR user group.
In the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” And since today is the deadline for submitting this letter...