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What is your typical productive day?

  • 1.  What is your typical productive day?

    Ontario Chapter Admin
    Posted 05-11-2021 20:29

    Question for Materials Professionals: In an ideal day, how would you devote your time? What would you consider a productive typical day to be?

    Abdallah Elsayed
    Assistant Professor
    University of Guelph
    (647) 896-0651

  • 2.  RE: What is your typical productive day?

    Boston Chapter Admin
    Posted 05-12-2021 16:26
    I don't have a specific percentage divide, but if your "productive day" is to be repeated every day for a fulfilling career, here's my breakdown (non-exhaustive and first-draft basis):

    • Proposal/Project Development (grant writing, proposal writing, and specific items to generate funding for company/academic institution)
    • Productive Work (Advancing on a project for which the company/institution is bein paid)
      • Completing experiments
      • Completing reports
    • Networking
      • Peers in Group / Peers in industry / Peers across industries
      • Management
      • Mentees / Juniors
    • Teaching / Development of Others
      • Peers
      • Next Generation Professionals
    • Professional Society Development
      • Codes & Standards
      • General "Public" Support in industry
    • Self-Development
      • Paper/Journal/Book Reading
      • Colleague & Peer Q&A
    • Planning
      • Near/Mid/Long-term goals
      • Day-to-Day Logistics
      • Understanding goals & metrics of others and organization
    • Meetings must be specific and oriented to align with these tasks


    Dan D.

    Daniel Denis
    ASM Chapter Council Vice Chair
    Hartford Chapter
    Senior Consultant - Metallurgy & Materials
    Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.

  • 3.  RE: What is your typical productive day?

    Posted 05-13-2021 12:51
    I agree with all Dan has listed; but, need to add to that list (and hope others add even more).  What I feel is  missing are those metallurgists working in manufacturing industries.  Think about a heat treat shop, steel mill, foundry, machine shop, OEM, etc.  Now you add production, sales, quality assurance, failure analysis, design, matrerial selection and many more activities.  The challange is to identify and join an orginiation that allows you to focus on which activities you most enjoy.  And, maybe, that is the message - if you enjoy your job, you will have a satisfying career.

    Bruce Boardman FASM
    Geneseo IL
    (309) 944-8700