Almost there

And we have received the sign off to apply for the certification for PMP.

In my mind this is the point of no return.

I have many things to report here and I will include then on my agenda.

First thing is: if you don’t have one, buy a smartphone. My new toy is an android.


Taking care of home paperwork in a more efficient manner

It is always a mess to deal with water, power, etc. bills at home in an efficient manner.

Moving to a more organized approach, I am now scanning all of those and saving them digitally for better reference and retrieval.

The same with invoices, product warranty, etc.

Of course, the original paper documents are also saved on a folder in a closet, but I don’t need to search for them there anymore.

Documents can be scanned to image files as well as PDF files. PDFs are better for searching inside the docs, but categorizing them on folders and having a standard naming convention for files also solves the search issue…

As I am still testing this so I don’t know, yet, which method I’ll be choosing. Image files are much smaller and are the only option for handwritten docs (cheque slips, for example).

Upgrade to alarm system

It is done… The security company technicians have just left.

The funny thing is: it is hard to book a day with them. It always takes at least two business days to get them to do something, but when they got here, they missed a whole day doing things that if they were better organized would take from two to three hours.

First thing they arrived here 30 minutes late but didn’t bring a ladder. So two technicians were waiting for the third to bring the ladder. There they missed about 1 hour. Total time missed: 1h30.

Then they started working, but only one of the two worked, the other technician was waiting for the first one to ask for tools. (Why didn’t the second one work on the other areas? I do not know.)

Then, guess what? At 11:30 AM, they stopped working to have lunch. Two hours lunch time.

At 1:50 PM (noticed that? 20 minutes late, again) they arrived back and worked until 3:30 PM, when they got to tell me that they needed another technician to take a look at some configuration settings.

They left the ladder here, and that made me confident that they’d be back before the end of the day.

At 4:30 PM the other technician arrived, got to work on the alarm system configuration and was done in 30 minutes.

Then, he explained to me how to make some additional tests or enable individual areas without enabling the whole system (or canceling some areas from being monitored) and left.

They have worked for 1h30 in the morning, plus 2h30 in the afternoon. And that was their day…

The company would certainly need someone to inspect the work and make sure that the technician’s pace is adequate to the service that they’re doing.

Why do people take so long to do things? They could do it faster and take more time off or work on more locations without bothering the customers or getting them stuck at home for the whole day.