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At its best, framing is a series of wellthought- out and coordinated steps. Of those steps, the first one can be the most important. I've learned that the ability to start off a project at full speed creates momentum that carries over throughout the entire job. Conversely, one that stumbles right out of the gate eats up a lot of valuable time that you may not recover. As a framing contractor, some of my best time spent was the time invested in preparing and organizing for the first day of a job. In this business, time is money and neither is well spent when the first day at the job finds your crew mulling about