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    Question just starting out in west michigan

    I,m just starting out on my own I thing im getting into the swing of it. I'm doin about 8 locates a day without feeling like I'm rushing. i've been out of training about two weeks just wandering if 8 locates a day is good for now or if i shuld be movin a little faster

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    Default Re: just starting out in west michigan

    Quote Originally Posted by wmiusic View Post
    I,m just starting out on my own I thing im getting into the swing of it. I'm doin about 8 locates a day without feeling like I'm rushing. i've been out of training about two weeks just wandering if 8 locates a day is good for now or if i shuld be movin a little faster
    Speed will come naturally - not everyone is the same. Work at a pace you can maintain safely without leaving a locate you don't feel good about. It will become more routine with more experience.
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    Default Re: just starting out in west michigan

    Quote Originally Posted by sprayandpray View Post
    Speed will come naturally - not everyone is the same. Work at a pace you can maintain safely without leaving a locate you don't feel good about. It will become more routine with more experience.
    I second Spray's opinion.

    Depending on your locate density (how many utilities you do at each request) I would say 8 per day is pretty good for being on your own for 2 weeks. Particularly if it's in a 3 to 4 way area.
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    Default Re: just starting out in west michigan

    Quote Originally Posted by wmiusic View Post
    I,m just starting out on my own I thing im getting into the swing of it. I'm doin about 8 locates a day without feeling like I'm rushing. i've been out of training about two weeks just wandering if 8 locates a day is good for now or if i shuld be movin a little faster
    At only two weeks in the field don't feel like you have to do X amount of any type of ticket per day. Concentrate on doing the jobs right and coming up with a process/routine that works for you. Don't be afraid to call someone either even if your question might be stupid. Don't start thinking about how much you are doing until 6 months to a year in. Like Spray said the speed will come naturally in time. This job comes with enough pressure already so don't put anymore on yourself.
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    Default Re: just starting out in west michigan

    Agreed to all, and I'll add this. Take your time to find what works for you. Get into a routine that works, and stick to it. Eventually you will get in a great groove and much of what you do will be second nature. Above all, work safely. Always be aware of your surroundings. If something doesn't feel/ seem right, get a second opinion. Good luck!

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    Default Re: just starting out in west michigan

    I may as well throw my 2 cents in here. You are worried about your production but your management isn't. They are worried about whether or not you understand what you are doing and that you are doing it right. You should be worried about that over production.

    8 locates a day I believe is just about right for 2 weeks in the field. Now, forget about that and concentrate on doing it right. Speed will come naturally.
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    8 is a good number for now.....take your time as said above.....you'll b thankful one day for listening
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    Default Re: just starting out in west michigan

    Quote Originally Posted by wmiusic View Post
    I,m just starting out on my own I thing im getting into the swing of it. I'm doin about 8 locates a day without feeling like I'm rushing. i've been out of training about two weeks just wandering if 8 locates a day is good for now or if i shuld be movin a little faster
    Ill just echo what others are saying, Don't rush. Take as much time as you need. Always double check your prints. If you get confused call someone, There is never a stupid question. Although I might laugh, you should ask =] Good luck guy!

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