Life lessons at the job site

About a month ago, The Olive Place showroom was launched. This was the first project I got to handle under ETE Design, the firm I am currently working for. The reactions of the people who viewed it were fantastic! It was a long and tiring week towards the turnover but just seeing it in person made all our hard work very, very rewarding. I experienced some unexpected downs just a few days before that particular week and I realized that the job site can actually teach you a lot.

Here are a few things I picked up:

  1. REVISIONS happen

There will always be a problem that will cause you to flip the entire floor plan and do cartwheels while juggling 6 eggs. The show must go on and the revisions at the end of the day will require your attention – change for the better, as they say.

  1. Laughter helps

At crunch time, you can either be this annoying girl breathing down people’s necks causing them some serious nervous breakdown or you can be this really chill, giggly girl eating her way towards the deadline. I chose to be the latter and miraculously, it worked. I am grateful I had no conflict with my superiors, our suppliers, and any of the installers and workers. I actually had a good time spending 17 straight hours at the dusty site. When there’s something wrong, our initial reaction is that we all laugh then let the oxygen (and maybe some paint fumes) enter our bodies. The oxygen helps us find a solution and then we go back to work.

  1. Talk it out

Communication is the key. Therefore, I have decided to apply soon for a postpaid plan. (HAHA) Kidding aside, when there’s an issue, do not wait for 5 minutes to raise your concern. Usually, if you prolong that concern, chances are it will take hours to finally fix it. As goes with life, any problem that would actually take a minute to address, if left unsaid, will haunt you for the rest of your life.

  1. The company makes a big difference

Yes, suppliers were late. Yes, there were things that happened that shouldn’t have. And as a box-checking-control-freak, I panic easily. If I were in the company of other people I’ve worked with in the past, I would’ve cried by 10 pm. Be a pleasant presence in your environment. Always.

  1. There are some things that you just have to live with

Life is not perfect. We all know that. No matter how complete your plans and working drawings are, they will never be executed as perfectly as you would hope. If you’re lucky, you get to see a semblance of your best expectations. As for the things you can’t get, well, you can stare at it for a while thinking of how it was supposed to be, accept that it’s not happening, brush the dust off your shoulders, and move on to the other things you could be working on. If it’s broken, fix it. If it’s in the wrong location, move it. If it’s totally hopeless, forget about it. Then go refer to point #2.

I know it’s a month late but… Congratulations, ETE Design Team! Here’s to more fun projects!

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For pictures of the model units: CLICK HERE>>

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