time management engineering design

1. Separate your work into phases

Block off time to work on specific “parts” of your designs. Carefully plan out how much time you think it will take to complete the project and then break that down into different phases, assigning a fraction of the total time to each phase. By doing this you will have a better idea of how much time you have available to attend meetings or work on other projects.

2. Schedule time to check your email (and cell phone)

When you are in the middle of a project, close your email and shut off your phone. The constant interruptions of phone and email will only slow you down and break your train of thought. In order to avoid distractions, you should shut off all notification during the time you have designated for model creation so you don’t get thrown off track. When you reach a stopping point of your design, then check your email and/or cell phone.

3. Schedule time for your designs

Just as you should schedule time for checking your email and phone, you should be scheduling time to focus on designing. Try to determine which times of the day yield the best creative output and schedule your design time then. Be sure to avoid these time slots when scheduling meetings.

4. Take breaks

Breaks are an important part of the day because they help you to re-energize and focus, which increases efficiency during your workday. Be sure to schedule short breaks throughout the day and step away from your desk when you eat lunch.

5. Utilize support services for your software and tools

We all run into problems when using our tools, having software support is a great backup and the best way to find quick and easy solutions for your problems. Many engineers who use SOLIDWORKS also invest in Subscription Services to avoid wasting significant amounts of time trying to solve problems on their own. With subscription services, you have the expert Application Engineers at Symmetry Solutions available to help whenever needed.

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