Thoughts That Build – Construction Lockdowns & Covid Fatigue

Well, that there was that news yesterday as most of us in Ontario, now know we’re in a second state of emergency and uh with all these additional restrictions I’m sure it feels like a bit of a gut punch. I know it does for me, we were just getting back into work mode, we were just starting to get back on. You know planning for the future and you know starting up some of the projects that were on hold last year, finishing up some jobs at the end of last year, so there was a sense of excitement, there was a sense of hope, not just with me but with my clients, the architects I work with, suppliers, subcontractors, all of us. So, this news has hit pretty hard and it’s still pretty raw. I don’t envy the decision makers, I’m not faulting anybody for any decisions made, it’s a challenging time that we’re in.

Now I feel like there are no perfect answers, there are no good answers and no right answers for that matter but you know I think my post last week is really going to test me during this next little while to make sure that I still stay present, that I don’t get frustrated with the little things. Now that everyone’s going to be back in the same area 24 x 7. I’m laughing in that in the kindness of ways. I swear but you know one thing I will say is you know for us in the construction industry and even you know every other industry you know, keep in touch with your clients, your trades, your consultants, architects, suppliers.

See how they’re doing, we’re all going through things and differently. It’s impacting us differently, based on the level of financial investment, emotional investment but you know I would say keep in touch with them. Not just for that but keep in touch with your friends and family as well. The second one there seems to be a bit of fatigue as well you know. Make sure that they’re not just healthy and safe but they’re also mentally and emotionally healthy. I know this has been a trying time for a lot of people including myself with these. The better part of a year shall we say it’s funny? I was all prepped to do something about something completely different, you know. Thoughts about certain styles of construction and issues that might pop up but you know this right here is pretty raw for me because it’s just heard the news and just speaking my mind on what’s going to happen.

Now, I’m still going to forge ahead and plan when that plan starts. We’ll see but  you know just get back to the drawing board again, enjoy some time and be ready when these restrictions left, so I can start running again and do the thing that comes naturally to me and do the thing that I’m good at.

Stay safe everyone!

Thoughts That Build – The Silver Linings of 2020: Gratitude

Well, year’s finally here and while 2020 is in the rearview mirror and it brought its fair share of challenges to all of our lives, I just wanted to take a few minutes to really reflect back over the last year and be grateful for a whole lot of experiences that I normally may not have, actually had a chance to experience. You know spending time with the family, my wife, my two-year-old. Now watching him grow even more, it was really a blessing for me you know. This past year taught me to be a lot more present in the moment and not stress all the time and just take a step back at times and reflect about everything that’s happened personally and professionally you know, as I mentioned on a professional level, looking back over the last eight years and you know seeing the ups the downs the sideways, steps we’ve taken over the years has been pretty fantastic to actually appreciate all that’s been accomplished.

When you’re on the grind in the daily grind it’s really hard sometimes to see what you’ve actually accomplished and where you’re going really, I was able to go back to the drawing board and you know figure out things that didn’t work and really refocus on some of the things that made me successful, made us successful, made the company successful, made the team successful and you know moving forward for 2021, you know I really want to focus on the things that you know come naturally to me. You know working with clients, with subcontractors, with trades, with suppliers you know working with them to really figure out what best works for them. In terms of cost, in terms of maintenance, in terms of long-term durability of products  you know. It’s been pretty fantastic you know, I ended up launching a podcast as well, which I’ve had tons of fun doing and you know I’ve met and taught and spoken to and talked to so many interesting people that are just pushing the boundaries of construction. Be it an operation sustainability thought whatever the case might be, it’s been really really fantastic that I’ve had those opportunities and and I’m hoping to continue on that.

This year another thing I really wanted to do is try to be more present in the moment, try to really be grateful for everything that happens you know every week. I’m going to start a journal and reflect back on the past week and recognize some of the things to be grateful for you know. Right now the three things I’m grateful for you know it’s my family it’s pretty obvious you know my two-year-old, he’s just a firecracker non-stop who knows where he gets that energy from you know. I’m grateful for you know the business that I have you know we’re doing some fun things, we’re working with some fun clients and in such a collaborative way it’s really phenomenal and the last thing is you know really to have more of an emphasis on a work-life balance. I think if this past year taught me something is there is a need to take a step back at times you know and just disengage completely. So here’s hoping for great 2021 and we’ll see where it goes from here.