A Day in the Life: Sam Johnson

I am the graphing and numbers master at Trademark. Seeing data fall into place and make a comprehensive chart is one of my favorite things! I love making things more efficient and guiding our project workflow. When I'm not nerding out about numbers, I am boosting our Marketing and helping out around the shop with all things Trademark.

One of the things I like most about working at Trademark is the ability to structure my own schedule. Depending on my workload for the day, my alarm will go off between 5am and 7am. When I need to focus on projects, I like to arrive at the office before everyone else so that I can have some time in a quiet office. I often wake up motivated to get directly to work because of this. My morning routine usually consists of simply making coffee and getting dressed. Then I grab my bike and head to work. Biking is my favorite method of commuting, it takes about 10 minutes and is much more engaging than driving! Plus downtown Boise has so many great bike paths.

Once I get to the office, I prefer to start my day with a quick check of my emails and an overview of my priorities for the day. I try to start my day with a serious, sustained effort on the biggest hurdles I face. My top priority is usually spending time on our project management software and updating our timelines to be able to give accurate progress reports to our designers, fabricators, and customers alike. As I move through my day, I find my attention span gets shorter and as a result I will often save my more dynamic tasks for the afternoon, which include directly engaging with and responding to the needs of my customers and co-workers.

I enjoy the versatility of my job. On any given day, you can find me doing a little bit of everything. There are times that I don’t leave my computer screen, and other days I can be found working in the back, operating machines or working with hand tools, helping out with current projects. It is also not uncommon that I am working out of the office, either at meetings or installing one of our projects.

I don’t generally have a specific time I stop for lunch, but when I do decide to grab food, it can be a toss up if I’ll be eating left-overs or grabbing food from one of the locally owned restaurants in and around the Lusk district where we work. 

Today, I had two major tasks to get done today. One was some extensive writing assignments for our portfolio book and the second was to send out a final approval document for our largest current project, St. Luke’s Children’s Pavilion. The St. Luke’s project requires a lot of dedication towards big project coordination and scheduling and currently takes up the majority of my time. 

When I’m not working on large project coordination, I apply my energies towards executing our company strategy ultimately making progress towards our five-year plan and also helping with our marketing campaign.

At the end of the day I love the flexibility that I’m offered at Trademark. Some days I work 12 or 14 hours, while others I only work 4. It’s all dependent on my productivity and my workload. I get to choose how to structure my time at work and also outside of work. The fact that I get to structure my time on and off the clock is very important to me because I have my own business outside of Trademark and my days often don't slow down once I leave the office.