28 December 2021
A Question for CAD Users: Hello, Weekend? Or Goodbye, Weekend?
When I first met Mike, I thought he was the world's greatest overachiever. I was pretty sure he’d become the head of the CAD department. That man barely left the office. He was there most evenings and pretty much all weekend. One day, I realized that Mike wasn’t an overachiever at all. He was simply exhausted and overwhelmed by his job. He eventually left the company. I didn't see him again until a few years later and the change in Mike was remarkable, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Mike wasn’t an overachiever at all. He was simply exhausted and overwhelmed by his job.
I love spending my weekends in the office! I love the sound of the keyboard when I am all alone working within the four corners of my workplace! Have you heard anyone say this? Is this the real definition of dedication? Is this how you want to spend your days off?
I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my weekends in a productive way that has nothing to do with work. Weekend means family time and me time.
Planning our weekends ahead of time is normal. In fact, we make travel arrangements months ahead of schedule. It’s something that we always look forward to. For some, it’s an outlet, an escape from the stress and demands of work. For others, it’s a time to bond with family and friends. Regardless, we all deserve those two “holy” days.
Imagine that it’s the Monday before Thanksgiving and you’re excited, not just because you have only a three-day workweek, but, more importantly, everything is going according to your plan. You are already feeling comfortable when you receive an email from your boss informing you of a request from your biggest client to move the deadline because the city is about to pass some new bylaws that would impact the project. You are torn between sacrificing your weekend (again!) or spending time with your loved ones (for a change) and hoping that by some miracle, you still have a job to come back to. So, will you say, “Hello, Weekend,” or “Goodbye, Weekend”?
As a MicroStation®, Revit® or AutoCAD® user, you have a lot of spreadsheets, Word documents and PDFs that need to be imported into a CAD file. On your very first attempt at importing, you notice that the cells are off, the numbers are misplaced and the formatting is incorrect. And this is just the first of the roughly 450 CAD files in this project. You start to lose hope and expect the inevitable: No long weekend for you. In fact, no weekend at all!
Weekend means family time and me time.
You made your “two cups of coffee a day” rule almost a year ago, but today is no ordinary day, there’s a lot of work to be done and so little time. You’re third in line at your favorite coffee shop just a block away from the office. You see a familiar face but can’t believe your eyes. Mike looks so different. He isn’t how you remember him. He looks so fit and full of energy. You learn that he now regularly goes to the gym and even takes belly dancing classes on weekends. Upon speaking with Mike, you learn that all this is possible because he no longer spends too much extra time in the office. He talks enthusiastically about a plugin their company uses that saves them hundreds, if not thousands of hours on their projects. Back at the office, you look it up, schedule a presentation, and suddenly, there’s hope. Being like Mike has a whole different meaning now. What could take hours to fix, can be done in minutes! Microsoft Office Importer™ saves you lots of time by automatically managing the hundreds of little things that must go right, resulting in a paste that has perfect formatting.
As you finish your day, you are comfortable and at ease knowing that you found the right solution for your problem. If only you had learned about this tool sooner, you could have spent more weekends outside of the office. But no use dwelling in the past. As you shut down your computer, you smile (and maybe laugh a little). This is going to be the start of many a “Hello, Weekend!” Maybe you’ll go hang with Mike.
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