I think one of the biggest problems I have these days is getting distracted, stuck, sidetracked or whatever you want to call it. It frustrates me. I’ll sit down at my desk, open up my Legacy database and then….what? Where do I start? Who should I work on?
Sometimes I do know what I want to work on because it’s something I left unfinished from a previous day. But, many times recently I find myself wondering “who should I work on today.”
Am I the only one who has this problem?
I suspect, from entries I have read on genealogy Facebook posts and in talking to other researchers, that I am not alone.
WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? IS IT REALLY A PROBLEM?
We all have access to so much information from so many sources.
- Emails telling you the latest deals from Family Tree or Genealogical.com
- Notifications on your Facebook page from genealogy sites you belong to. Here are some of mine. The Organized Genealogist, Technology for Genealogy, The Lawrence Register, Detroit Genealogy.
- Notifications from family & friends on Facebook that relate to your research.
- Hints on your Ancestry tree.
- Messages from someone about a Find A Grave memorial.
- Perhaps you get questions from friends or family about how to do something regarding research.
- Oh, and did I mention – creating posts for my blog?
I suppose I could just not get online for a few days. YIKES! I could decide that I’ll only spend 10-15 minutes once or twice day. Will that really work for me? Probably not.
I admit it, I have GADD – Genealogy Attention Deficit Disorder.
Seriously, though, I do want to focus more on my research. I guess after having done this for 11 or 12 years (many of you have been at it much longer), it’s not the same as it was in the beginning. What I mean is, I've already done so much, but there is a lot more to do. I’m still having fun and completely enjoy researching. It’s just that I guess I feel as if I need a direction.
Maybe I should set a particular goal or goals?
- I will work only on the Boggs family this week.
- I will exhaust all my resources for trying to break down that brick wall.
- I will go through each family beginning with my parents and make sure I have cited all sources and have all census records recorded.
- I will look at the Master Location list on Legacy and clean up misspellings, combine duplicates and purge unused locations (which the program does for you).
- I will go through my digital files for the surnames beginning with the letter ‘A’ and make sure the naming pattern is consistent.
- I will go through my digital files in the ‘pictures’ folders and crop & edit any documents that have black borders or are crooked.
- There is that pile of unscanned documents in the box under my desk.
- There are those pictures I took on my last genealogy trip that I still haven’t all been labeled.
In fact, this has really helped me to decide what I want to work on next.
Aha! Maybe making a list is another way we can focus?
We all have strategies. What are yours? I’d love to hear about them so they can inspire me.
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Thanks for helping me figure out what I want to do today.
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