|Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter,|
|This email was scheduled to go out yesterday. In fact, it was a good 80% done when all hell broke loose. First, one of my “co-workers” needed a snack. Then another “co-worker” needed help finding a Lego. Then a third “co-worker” got mad at the second “co-worker” and hit him with a pillow. Of course he didn’t use his own pillow. No, he grabbed the first “co-worker’s” special security pillow. Needless to say, mayhem ensued. It took a good 45 minutes to get everyone back in their corners and settled down. By then, it was time to make dinner and my workday was essentially over. Sound like your day at the “office”?
There’s no doubt, working from home is a challenge, especially if you have kids who are simultaneously home-schooling while you’re home-working. I’ve definitely seen my productivity drop and my frustrations rise since the stay-at-home orders were issued. I used to look forward to Mondays, when I had a whole week of productivity to look forward to. Not these days. Monday is now the beginning of the long slog.
That said, I do feel like I’m finally hitting a grove with this new normal. Yesterday’s shenanigans aside, I think I’m becoming a marginally more productive while a home. A big part of it has setting reasonable expectations on what I can get done each day. My goal is to get one major thing done. Anything beyond that is a bonus. How about you? Now that we’re a few weeks into this, how are you holding up? Have your work habits changed? Are you more or less productive working from home? Hit reply and let me know.
Alright, I need to get this going before the kiddos wake up. Here are five things to check out this week:
#1: Revit Roadmap Update
Wow, where does the time go! Has it really been 20 years since Revit 1.0 was released?! Well, check out the growth Revit has had since its first release and dive into Autodesk’s updated Revit roadmap. Looks like lots of new features and improvements are in the offing. Click the link below to see what’s on the roadmap for future releases of Revit. What new features are you excited about?
#2: Top 5 Free Add-in for Revit
Looking to enhance your Revit experience by adding in some extra tools to help streamline your work? Well, look no further than RevitPure’s list of top-5 recommended free add-ins! From tools to help manage families, better visualize warnings and save hours of time, these add-ins are great ones to consider including in your Revit toolbox.
#3: 10 Thoughts of the Future of Practice
Phil Bernstein does some deep thinking about what the future of the AEC industry may look like post-COVID-19. Broken out into ten sectors, including “economics”, “jobs”, and “technology” among others, Bernstein takes a comprehensive look at future indicators for the industry in the near future. What will stay the same and what’s destined to change? Read on to find out!
#4: 7 Steps for Staying Productive Long Term
Scott H. Young has his finger on the pulse of what many of us are struggling with these days; staying productive while juggling home and work life during the pandemic. Read on as Young breaks down some systems for staying productive as well as different rules to help you stay on task without feeling overwhelmed. This is a great read!
#5: Most Popular Job in Each State
Check out this interesting infographic from Nathan Yau of Flowing Data. Reviewing the Occupational Data from the 2016 “Five-year American Community Survey”, Yau extracted the occupation with the highest ratio in each state to help create this snapshot of where major industries fall across the United States. What does your state show?
Question of the Week:
Do you use filters and graphic overrides to control the display of linked models? If so, ARK member Joseph Kirkpatrick has a question for you. He’s struggling with the display of architectural walls in structural floor plans. Any tips on how he can best use the underlay feature and detail levels to get his plans to display correctly? If so, click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.