EP 125 | What Logging Hours (carefully) Reveals with Nathan Vanags



About this Episode

BOD™ member and interior design professional Nathan Vanags shares his insights after logging his hours for the first time. Yes, logging hours can make you more effective, whether you are working on an hourly fee or flat fee basis.

In this episode we learn:

  • carefully logging hours shows you how productive employees and independent contractors are
  • carefully logging hours allows you to gauge who needs more work and who is overwhelmed
  • carefully logging hours allows you to focus on one task at a time and succeed at that task
  • carefully logging hours allows you to gauge how much time you need for specific tasks
  • carefully logging hours forces you to complete tasks in the allotted time
  • consider incentives for team members to increase the number of billable hours (always with integrity)

Design Intervention

Focus on filling yourself full. In an interview Oprah said, “I love when people tell me I am full of myself.” I have been practicing keeping my cup full for a long time (harder than it sounds). I want to be so full of energy, life and gratitude that my cup can run over into the projects I work on, relationships I want to improve, and ultimately make me a memorable person.

Take Aways

Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.

About Nathan Vanags

Up-and-coming, highly artistic yet down-to-earth interior designer Nathan Vanags has worked in the design field since 2009. As owner of Nathan Vanags Design, he is considered one of the foremost young designers in Central Florida.

“My aesthetic is modern and streamlined with a touch of drama. The result is elegant but edgy design,” says Vanags, 34. He is certified by the prestigious National Council on Interior Design Qualifications and licensed by the state of Florida.

After earning a bachelor of arts degree in interior design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Orlando, Vanags worked on the design staff at a Herman Miller certified dealer and designed company profiles throughout Florida.

In 2014 he opened his studio, Nathan Vanags Design, which is now located in the trendy Thorton Park neighborhood of Orlando. The firm’s services include luxury residential design, custom renovations, and hospitality and restaurant design.


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