How Can I Motivate Myself?

22 Sep, 2009 By: Robert Green

CAD Manager's Toolbox: The past year has been hard on CAD managers, but it's time to get reinvigorated.

I've received a number of gloomy emails from CAD managers in the past year. With economic problems, layoffs, and the like, you can forgive people for getting a little down. So the question might be, "How do I get past this funk and get motivated again?"

I wish I could snap my fingers and make the economy better, but since I can't, I'll offer the following suggestions for you to try in the meantime:

  • Learn something new about CAD that interests you. Learn it on your own time and reap the motivational benefits of getting out of your rut. During this downturn, I'm digging in to learn more about programming environments and simulation. Learning something new has me pumped up — and it'll work for you too.
  • Tell your boss that you'd like to tackle some projects that have been put off. There's nothing like working through a backlog to give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Advocate for CAD management–intensive tasks like training and standards. If business is down, your company might be willing to invest your time (if not money) if you'll take the lead.
  • Push for investigating new software for your company. Investigating doesn't cost much, but you'll learn a lot and new technology could prepare your company to move forward when the downturn reverses.

CAD managers have had it pretty tough lately, so it is understandable that you may feel a bit down and lack motivation. Try some of the tips above to rekindle your desire to learn and perform CAD management, and you may find your motivation coming back.

About the Author: Robert Green

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