5 best things to do in the New Year

Happy New Year! What are your goals?

1. Start a new family tradition.

Create lasting memories for you and your family with a unique family experience, then make it your New Year’s tradition. Play mini-golf, see a movie (either at home or the theater), visit a museum, have brunch at a particular restaurant, are just a few ideas.

2. Write down your goals for 2020.

Here’s a free template we’ve found from Life With Me. Use it to identify the desired improvements, solutions, and action steps. Take it a step further, hang it in a frame where you can see it every day, and maybe post a picture on social media.

3. Take back control of your space.

The second Monday of January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day, an excellent opportunity to get your space and mind organized for the new year. Getting organized won’t happen overnight, but if you start taking small steps to change the way you work, it will genuinely make a difference. 

4. Resolve to be #BetterEveryDay.

According to the book, The Compound Effect (affiliate link), author Darren Hardy says, “Big results don’t come from grand talk or gestures. Big results come from clarity plus small, deliberate actions – made and repeated until actions reap a habit, habits reap a character, and character reaps a destiny.”

5. Take time for yourself.

Meditate. Read a book. Weather permitting, take in some fresh air with a leisurely hike. If your 2020 resolutions revolve around health, fitness, or self-care, this last suggestion is the perfect way to begin your year. Whatever you choose to do, schedule it. Please put it on your calendar. Make an appointment with yourself, then KEEP THE APPOINTMENT.

AIBD’s New Year Goals

At AIBD, we’ve resolved to build a better building design profession, one designer at a time. But, it takes each of us to improve the lives of all of us. To that end, we’ve set up a link and ask for your feedback. Thanks to the ideas and suggestions received from our members, here are a few goals AIBD has set for 2020.

  • Launch an awards program for commercial projects. The Building Design Awards is accepting entries from now until January 31.
  • Host a national design competition for high school and college students. In 2020, the AIBD will be hosting the Architectural Drafting Competition at the national SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, KY. If you would like to be a part of this effort, contact steve.mickley@AIBD.org.
  • Gain recognition by becoming accredited by ANSI. The NCBDC, AIBD’s council governing its CPBD certification program, has committed resources and set the goal to apply for ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation through the American National Standards Institute in 2020.

Thanks for being a part of our community. We look forward to us all, celebrating an excellent 2020, together.

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