Don’t just make a resolution, create a routine.


Don’t just make a resolution, create a routine.

Part 2 of 5

In an email we sent you last week, we discussed goal setting and the importance of establishing a path towards accomplishment. The path referred to is made up of daily, weekly, monthly, even annual action steps (routines) along the way. Now, let’s discuss how reaching your New Year’s Resolution can be a result that is virtually guaranteed and not just something you hope for.

The Best Way to Create a New Routine

The best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. And the best way to create a good habit, or routine, is to automate it so you never have to think about it again.

Typically, when people think about automating something, they imagine technology or a piece of software. And, indeed, this is a great way to automate a routine. You can save for retirement with an automatic deduction from your paycheck. You can curtail social media browsing with a website blocker.

Technology can transform actions that were once hard, annoying, and complicated into behaviors that are easy, painless, and simple. It is the most reliable and effective way to guarantee the right action.

But there are also many ways to “automate” your future decisions that don’t necessarily involve a piece of software.

Set and Forget – One-time Actions That Lock In a Routine

One of the most practical ways to automate good routines is to look for one-time choices that require a little bit of effort up front but create increasing value over time.

  • Nutrition: Use smaller plates to reduce caloric intake.
  • Sleep: Remove your television from your bedroom.
  • Productivity: Delete games and social media apps from your phone.
  • Focus: Permanently set your phone in Do Not Disturb mode.
  • Health: Set your watch or smartphone to remind you to walk every hour.
  • Memory: Use a password generator and manager app, like LastPass.

These one-time actions only require effort once and make it easier to get better sleep, eat healthily, be productive, save money, and generally live better.

Reprogramming Your Personal Autopilot

Technology and automation can handle an increasing number of daily tasks. Meal-delivery services can go grocery shopping for you. Healthcare services can automatically refill your prescriptions and ship them to you.

Each action that we hand over to the authority of technology frees up time and energy to pour into the next stage of growth. When you automate as much of your life as you possibly can, you can spend your mental energy on the tasks machines cannot yet do.

Automation is particularly useful for behaviors that happen too infrequently to become habitual. Things you have to do monthly or yearly—like rebalancing your investment portfolio—are never repeated frequently enough to become a habit, so they benefit in particular from technology “remembering” to do them for you.

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When working in your favor, automation can make your good habits inevitable and your bad habits impossible. It is the ultimate way to lock in future behavior rather than relying on willpower at the moment.

By utilizing strategic one time decisions and technology, you can create an environment of inevitability — a space where good habits are not just an outcome you hope for, but a result that is virtually guaranteed.

Look for “Part 3” in this series of five next week in the MondayMINUTE.

This post is inspired by Chapter 14 the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.

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Get inspired by these 2018 American Residential Design Awards (ARDA) winners!

ARDA 2019 will be coming up before you know it…are you ready?

We’ve got all of last year’s winners posted for your to view.

It’s impossible to know how the future judges will vote, but it can’t hurt to get some inspiration from previous years’ winners.

You can view the winners in our Summer 2018 edition of the AIBD Magazine or on the ARDA website.

You flip through it below or view it on the issuu website.

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From the AIBD Blog: 5 tips on how to profit from Rush Jobs.

The 3-day project calendar...for the client who wants it yesterday! Photograph of a calendar where if you place your finger on any date, and count 3 days ahead, the date will be the day before that which you started.Now and then a client with unrealistic expectations may wander into your office. Or maybe it’s an existing client that needs you to, “Do them a favor.”

Either way, good designers know how to set and meet deadlines and when an urgent job materializes, this may be an excellent opportunity for additional income.

Some designers dread getting the phone call or email requesting work to be completed within a ridiculous time frame. Others thrive on the adrenaline rush and may even own a yacht because of their efforts.

Here are some tips on managing an unexpected workload.

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The Renaissance of Timber Framing…

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…began in the 1970s when carpenters in New England began to study the many timber frame structures that still exist on the East Coast. Timber frames, if kept dry, can and do, last for centuries (the oldest surviving timber frame in North America is the Fairbanks house in Dedman MA–built between 1637 and 1641).

Photograph of a timber frame cathedral under construction.Today, with the revival of the craft well under way, and with the help of modern engineering, we as an industry are creating some of the best timber frames that have been built (literally) in ages.

Join us for the Winter Design & Build Conference and earn a 9-hour educational certificate in Timber Frame Design & Construction.

  • Learn the advantages of timber framing, the timber terminology, and the timber home anatomy.
  • Learn timber placement, sizing, joinery, and why you made the decisions you made.
  • Learn processes such as work preparation, engineering, planning and detailing, all performed via BIM.
  • Basic timber engineering, including sizing beams, will also be covered.

Location: The Institute of Texan Cultures801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
Dates: January 31 & February 1, 2019

→ Get My Tickets Now! ←

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The AIBD – Cape Fear Chapter – Panel Discussion

The AIBD – Cape Fear Chapter – will host an informal panel discussion, “Hurricane Florence and the Built Environment” on Thursday, 10 January 2019 at the Neo-Classical Cape Fear Club in Historic Wilmington. This will be an informal panel discussion reviewing pre-storm building code requirements and best practices, structural and related damage caused by the storm, and how we might improve our current design and construction projects to meet future storms of this magnitude. The panel is architect & member Sam Guidry, RA, NCARB; engineer & member Glenn Davis, PE; builder & member John Moorings; and Peter Foley, of Flores & Foley Roofing. Also participating are Mike Morrett and Brett Ikerd of Metal Roofing Systems.

For more information, contact Chapter Chair Bernhard Thuersam, CPBD, AIBD, ASID at

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Innovation and Customization in Overhead Doors

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The AIBD, Palm Beach Chapter, invites you to join them for lunch on Friday, January 18th. This month’s lunch and learn presentation, titled Innovation and Customization in Overhead Doors, is presented by Lisa Fox of Specified Architectural Systems. Learn the components and operation of overhead doors, their benefits and limitations, evaluate how counterweight balanced doors can be used to add value to your building’s design, and how to present to your clients the ways overhead doors contribute to a sustainable design and LEED certification.

Lunch is sponsored by Specified Architectural Systems, please RSVP to help the chapter plan accordingly.

The presentation is approved for both AIBD and AIA (HSW – #IRD08A) continuing education credits.

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AIBD Will Be At Design & Construction Week 2019!

Design & Construction Week. Network and Access 2,100+ Exhibits! DCW Expo Pass = $125 until 2/16. February 19-21. Las Vegas.
Design & Construction Week (DCW) will bring together more than 85,000+ residential design and construction industry professionals February 19-21 in Las Vegas and features the co-location of Builders Show and KBIS.

Get your $125 DCW expo pass to explore 2,100+ exhibits.

Register by February 16th to save!

P.S. Come hang out at the AIBD booth and say hi to Steve and Garrett!

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CAIBD Annual Conference

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California Institute of Building Design (CAIBD) invites you to our Annual Conference 2019 on the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. As presiding president, I would personally like to welcome Building Designers, Architects, Contractors, Building Officials, Vendors, Educators, Guests, and Students to this three-day event, March 28-30, 2019.

The conference begins with Campus Outreach to students at local colleges. It’s our way to hear their questions on career choices, and for you to share about your professional experiences.

Click on Register Now to signup on which classes to visit. The second day focuses on hot educational topics we face daily in our businesses Designing Better Homes and the ADU Regulations – with a Trade Show in the evening. The final day holds a CAIBD General Membership Meeting on reshaping our organization, followed by a Brunch, Design Competition Awards, and surprise keynote speaker. Students are welcome to any and all of the events!

Take advantage of your time to grow your businesses while staying on the glamorous Queen Mary. I can’t wait to see you all!


Mike Roeder, President CAIBD

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AIBD’s 2019 Economic Forecast Webinar – FREE RECORDING AVAILABLE

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Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019 Now!
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EST) Now!

Be one of the first to know how home construction activity will affect your bottom line in 2019. Learn how residential building has been performing, how is it projected to continue, and the timing of the next recession.

Join us for the AIBD’s Annual Economic Forecast Webinar (recording), presented by economist Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. Elliot will cover GDP growth, job growth, inflation rates, and interest rates. He will update us on the housing market with reports on inventory, house prices, renovation activity, new home construction activity and more. Have a much better idea about how 2019 will look, including how home renovation, alterations, and repair activity will perform and why.

Elliot Eisenberg is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making the arcana and minutia of economics fun, relevant and educational.

The First Tuesday @2:00 (p.m. EDT) is a live webinar hosted by the American Institute of Building Design. Registration is complimentary.

Feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.

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AIBD Online Course: The Elements of Building Q&A

The Elements of Building Q&AImprove your successful business or save your failing business — this course will help anyone at any level of the entrepreneurial journey.

Improve your successful business or save your failing business — this course will help anyone at any level of the entrepreneurial journey.

All of us residential industry professionals know our craft, but relatively few know how to run a successful business. The Elements of Building, by Mark Kerson, addresses that matter. The Elements of Building is a collection of easy-to-understand business principles for everyone involved in designing and building homes.

This course is a Q&A between the author and AIBD’s Executive Director Steve Mickley, including some questions by our live webinar audience.

  • Find the right leads – There are good leads and bad leads. Learn to find the right ones.
  • Please building officials – You can’t avoid dealing with them, so learn to deal with them in a way that benefits you.
  • Getting a mentor – There are people out there with far more experience than you. Tap into their knowledge!

Certified Professional Building Designers (CPBD) will earn 1.0 Primary CE unit for completing the course.

To register, or just to get more information, click here. AIBD Members, enroll at a discount! Call 1-800-366-2423 or write for the member code.

The American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) believes in the consumer’s right to decide who designs their home. AIBD supports that belief by providing education and resources designed to help the consumer make informed decisions and the professional practice at peak performance. Become a part of our mission.

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Ron Blank & Associates launches “AIBD Courses by Division.”

The AIBD is committed to providing quality continuing education to ensure its members remain current with technology, materials, and building codes. As such, the AIBD has partnered with Ron Blank & Associates to offer educational content relating to the knowledge areas and skills identified by AIBD’s building design practice analysis, which forms the foundation for AIBD’s Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) Exam. The courses are according to the four domains of the exam: Business Administration, Business Practice, Design Process, and Building Design.

To access this particular AIBD educational webpage within the Ron Blank & Associates curriculum, you can get there three different ways:

  1. The easiest way is to click here. Don’t forget to bookmark the page.
  2. The next easiest way is to search “Ron Blank AIBD Courses” in your preferred search engine. Steve likes Google. Garrett likes DuckDuckGo. Some people like Bing or Yahoo (which are mostly the same).
  3. The long way to get there is to visit, click the “Online Courses” tab and you’ll land on the “Organized by CSI Division” page. On this page, as a part of the “Free Courses” tab, you’ll see the “AIBD Division” link.

Some examples of the one-hour, free, online courses available are – How to Win Good Architecture Projects Consistently, An Introduction to BIM & Automated Specifications, Architectural Application of Water Protection Systems, Architectural Railing Systems: Style You can Hold on to, and more. In total, there are 50+ courses to choose from, and Ron Blank tells us he is committed to growing that list. In addition, there are 40+ more courses found under the “AIBD Divisions” tab at, another Ron Blank & Associates company.

AIBD Mission Statement: Building a better residential design profession, one designer at a time.The same courses exist throughout the and websites. However, those located on the AIBD Division pages are categorized according to a job task analysis performed by the AIBD. For those who are already CPBDs, each of the on-demand courses listed receives Primary CE units. For those seeking their building designer certification, these courses may serve as a means for preparing for the exam, although AIBD does not claim that any program available is better than another. Finally, for those only interested in improving their knowledge and skills in building design, these courses have been identified to be relevant to the knowledge, skills, and ability of building designers in general.

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New Options for Insulating and Ventilating Wood-Framed Sloped Roofs

Wood-framed sloped roofs need to provide all of the same functions as exterior walls, if not more so, including weathering, thermal resistance, air barriers, and moisture control using vapor retarders and ventilation.In this course, we will focus on wood-framed roof assembly options, some of the building science principles that influence good roof design, and some of the emerging options recognized in the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), International Residential Code (IRC), and International Building Code.

Earn: 1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU

Sponsored by Huber Engineered Woods

Register here.

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Upcoming Cadsoft training and events!

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Webinar: Schedules

Envisioneer has the ability to create various types of schedules. Learn how to create, customize and insert a variety of schedules.

When: Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern US Time)
Where: Online
Cost: $0 USD

Webinar: Decks

Learn how to:

  • Construct a Deck with the Builder Wizard, Deck Tools and Pad tools
  • Create a new deck for the Catalog
  • Edit an inserted deck
When: Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern US Time)
Where: Online
Cost: $0 USD

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Upcoming free GreenHome Institute webinars:

Residential End Uses of Water – Research and Trends – Free CE Webinar

Toilet 24% 33.1gphd. Shower 20% 28.1 gphd. Faucet 19% 26.2 gphd. Clothes washer 17% 22.7 gphd. Leak 12% 17.0 gphd.Lessons Learned

  • What are the national urban water demand trends over the past 30 years?
  • Where is water used in single-family residences?
  • How much water efficiency has been achieved to date?
  • How much additional water efficiency exists in the residential sector?
  • What are the likely future water demand trends?
When: January 16, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm (EDT)
Where: Online
Cost: Free

You can check out all GreenHome Institute’s events at

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Welcome new AIBD members!

Please help us welcome those who joined or rejoined AIBD this past week.

Edward Ballard-Sholly SC Professional
Coy Brandenburg CO Professional
Douglas Foxworth TX Associate
Oladapo Olatunbosun Obasoto NG Professional
George Russel TX Associate
Garrett Thompson TX Student

Member Stamp Shows Membership Registration And SubscribingWe are pleased you have chosen AIBD as a resource for professional and personal growth. Membership provides technical information, advocacy, professional networking opportunities, as well as participate in programming sessions offered at various conferences throughout the year. All designed to help advance your career.

Visit “” to reach out and exchange information with other professionals in the building designer industry supporting the AIBD mission.

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Motivation for your Monday!

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The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do. – Dennis Waitley

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Check out the AIBD Job Board

meetingWhether you’re looking for a job, or looking to hire someone, this is the best job board in our industry.

If you’re looking for work, it’s free to post your resume. This is great because if you’re looking for work, you’re probably pinching pennies until you get it. If you’re a student, we understand your student debt is high enough. You won’t have to pay anything to seek employment through our job board.

If you’re looking to hire some help, you can use our job board to search for quality candidates. You’ll be able to browse the resumes for free, and contact the candidates for free. You’ll pay only when the candidate is interested in your position. Hiring the right person is an investment in your company, and saving time with our easy to use job board will free you up to focus on other tasks.

Go check out the job board right now at

Also, if you’re looking to hire, don’t forget that we have training on the right way to hire employees. AIBD members can take this course for free; just give us a call at 800-366-2423 or email us at

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Join AIBD’s industry e-newspaper.

Want to know what’s going on in your industry but don’t have time to surf the web, follow Twitter, or sift through the useless posts on Facebook? Now you can. We’ll filter out the senseless stuff and deliver relevant industry news, trends and ideas directly to your inbox every weekday. Subscribe today for FREE.

#HomeDESIGN Professional Daily is a content curation subscription that turns socially shared industry news into a useful online newspaper. Last week’s editions included the world’s first smart streets, a 3D printed office of the future, how small firms keep up, and more. The paper is organized in sections – Science, Business, Technology, Environment, plus daily sections. There are instructional videos, interviews and inspirational photographs.


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