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Old 02-24-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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I never look at the time and think, "damn 4 hours to go"....I look at the time and think, "in 4 hours I can get 'A' done and maybe 'B' and it would be great to get 'C' done before the weekend too".


....and I haven't read the "why my day sucked" thread....
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Good for you, P&H

I'm like you (in that way anyhow). When I go to work I have a "list" (sometimes only in my head) of what I intend to get done that day.

I don't carry a watch, most of my work-day.. I don't even know what time it is.
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I never look at the time and think, "damn 4 hours to go"....I look at the time and think, "in 4 hours I can get 'A' done and maybe 'B' and it would be great to get 'C' done before the weekend too".


....and I haven't read the "why my day sucked" thread....

I like your attitude. I actually look forward to Mondays (weird). I feel very fortunate to still feel that way.

A good day is when I get everything done I had on my list so I'm ready to proceed with the next day's agenda. A great day is when I get even more accomplished. A lousy day is when I don't get everything on the list taken care of.
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Same here.When you do what you love there just doesn't seem to be enough hrs. in the day.I go to the Paint store in the mornings and other painters are dragging around with these attitudes and I'm all fired up and can't wait to get to work.I live breath and actually sleep it.I can honestly say I love my job. If I'm not talking it which I'm doing at the moment I'm either thinking about it or doing it.It's my job I don't know how to do anything else.
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[quote=Paint and Hammer;294849]I never look at the time and think, "damn 4 hours to go"....I look at the time and think, "in 4 hours I can get 'A' done and maybe 'B' and it would be great to get 'C' done before the weekend too".

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I like your attitude. I actually look forward to Mondays (weird). I feel very fortunate to still feel that way.

A good day is when I get everything done I had on my list so I'm ready to proceed with the next day's agenda. A great day is when I get even more accomplished. A lousy day is when I don't get everything on the list taken care of.

Im discovering this now, its a whole lot different when its your own work. It matters more. Allows you to put more of yourself into it without struggle. I cant imagine working for some one else again.

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12 hour days allow me to really dig in and complete tasks.
You couldn't pay me hourly to work 12 hours...
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12 hour days allow me to really dig in and complete tasks.
You couldn't pay me hourly to work 12 hours...
Now theres a wisepainter!
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12 hour days allow me to really dig in and complete tasks.
You couldn't pay me hourly to work 12 hours...
I can't pull a 12 hour day much any more but I do work the occasional Saturday without much complaint and with the same sentiment.
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im the same way, i always try and set goals at the beginning of the day to help push myself a little more but the only time i ever check the time is when i complete something to see how long it took for bidding purposes. Im addicted to the moving meditation of the brush, seeing things come together. i just finished out a room today, the customer came in was really happy. i could be having the worst day in the world but that always makes me feel good.
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I can't pull a 12 hour day much any more but I do work the occasional Saturday without much complaint and with the same sentiment.
Yeah, those longer days are hurting more than they used to.
A Saturday or two is more appealing.
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I never look at the time and think, "damn 4 hours to go"....I look at the time and think, "in 4 hours I can get 'A' done and maybe 'B' and it would be great to get 'C' done before the weekend too".


....and I haven't read the "why my day sucked" thread....

That is how I am now... However when I was 20 to 25 working for someone else I was always looking at my watch and thinking "What time is the boss going to get us out of here today?". I think some of it has to do with age along with the fact I am the boss now.
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Good for you, P&H

I'm like you (in that way anyhow). When I go to work I have a "list" (sometimes only in my head) of what I intend to get done that day.

I don't carry a watch, most of my work-day.. I don't even know what time it is.

I have never worn a watch nor do I carry one, except my stupid phone has the time on it
if I can find it
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Same here.When you do what you love there just doesn't seem to be enough hrs. in the day.I go to the Paint store in the mornings and other painters are dragging around with these attitudes and I'm all fired up and can't wait to get to work.I live breath and actually sleep it.I can honestly say I love my job. If I'm not talking it which I'm doing at the moment I'm either thinking about it or doing it.It's my job I don't know how to do anything else.
ME too. I told my wife ( when she's at me to retire ) my work is my life. oops. You can imagine how that went over.
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I just love, love, love to paint!
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I love the whole process. Getting a phone call, looking at the work, bidding, getting the job, doing the job, and getting compliments on the work. Oh yeah, and getting paid!!
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I love the whole process. Getting a phone call, looking at the work, bidding, getting the job, doing the job, and getting compliments on the work. Oh yeah, and getting paid!!
Man...your right...the whole process is enjoyable. I think you have to be somewhat hardwired this way.

I'm don't know why, but I hate the invoicing getting paid part. This is usually the quietest segment of my process. If I could get someone else to do this I would.
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Man...your right...the whole process is enjoyable. I think you have to be somewhat hardwired this way.

I'm don't know why, but I hate the invoicing getting paid part. This is usually the quietest segment of my process. If I could get someone else to do this I would.

I feel exactly the same way. It's my least favorite part of the process.

So, just like cleaning my brushes as soon as I get home, I force myself to write up the statement the night I've completed a job. I'm sure I could hire a bookkeeping outfit to do it but I'm too cheap (and it's really not that big of a deal).
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[QUOTE=Paint and Hammer;295136]Man...your right...the whole process is enjoyable. I think you have to be somewhat hardwired this way.


I get a kick out of being able to enjoy and do well, something that most people hate to do themselves. If everyone loved to paint.....
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I love what I am doing or I would not be doing it at age 67. When I retired I really missed the jobs. I love to walk into a dirty, dingy, neglected home and "rip" things out and move in my tools. There is something about it, maybe "taking control of a needful situation"? I can eye the place, and just see how it will look when I am done. I love to pro-block everything with the sprayer, and then see how well it covers the shabby walls and ceilings. Then it is time for the top coat(s) and I like using SW Promar 400, as it looks so smooth in Dover White. I like satin. Anyway, after the sprayer is running the top coat, I like the way it lays on and the satin is really pretty as it dries. Nothing like a beautiful white ceiling after it was dark, dingy, and ugly!
Now, here is what I get to do where a straight painter would stop: After all my painting is done, I call in the flooring guy for the wood floor to be installed. Then I install all new light fixtures that I choose, and ceiling fans. Sometimes when necessary I get a new range and refrigerator, and dishwasher put in. If the door handles are shabby, I install new ones, as I have already removed the old ones as I am painting. I like to install a brass kickplate on the front door as it jazzes up the entrance. Finally I always install all new bright brass door stops and any thing else in brass that will be a boon to the job. I dearly love "brass and white".
So my joy is to take a tired, worn, dated, home and turn it into something that looks like new!! Can't beat that feeling with a stick.
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I love the whole process. Getting a phone call, looking at the work, bidding, getting the job, doing the job, and getting compliments on the work. Oh yeah, and getting paid!!

I Love the painting part the best. Mainly the brush work part.

Must be why I do mostly sub work for other contractors.
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