I am also keenly aware the end of the year is approaching fast. I try to have all Christmas shopping done by Halloween. Start my Christmas letter by the first week of November.
For fun I decided to look at my 2010 goals and see what I needed to do to accomplish my to do list.
So the first of the year 2010, I resolved to
"group and delegate some of this stuff out. So my 2010 goal must be for me is to set up my "network team", review my people resources, define my location/interest parameters, clearly define projects, and better manage my history-----And accomplish that --that I can ------and stop chasing my own tail for data not-yet-ready-to be-discovered-by-me."
I also stated that I would let you know how it goes --- and how this approach is going to help me.........
So I review my list of accomplishments this year, revise items that can be focused on to meet goals set,
My network team: Added more people sources HIGHLIGHT
People Sources: Failed to establish good continual contact NEEDS ATTENTION
Location Parameters; Focused! Kansas, Tennessee HIGHLIGHT
Interest Parameters; Gained new interest parameters HIGHLIGHT
Clearly define projects; ok I clearly defined them in January but they keep changing. lol Book themes, and contents keep changing. I call this the natural progression of a project. You begin with a goal in mind but somehow the goal changes. But the Ruth Truth is I was suppose to start with the primary goal because I could not have clearly defined the resulting goal at the time, knowledge, information available at the time the goal was set.
HIGHLIGHT although I can not promise the book might mutate into something else.
Better manage my history; not much better NEEDS ATTENTION
Stop chasing my tail; YES--- I stopped obsessing about my brick walls. I relaxed and gained my pleasure of genealogy again. HIGHLIGHT
Here I also reviewed my genealogy to do list of January 2010 filled with brick walls, lost documentation, and depending on others for data!! The list looks about the same. No real accomplishments. I am just glad I did not focus on my list.
DOES NOT NEED ATTENTION--- these items can stay on my before-I-die-list-if-it-is-meant-to-be but I no longer want these items to haunt me or cause me to lose my JOY for genealogy again. ERGO
brick walls, lost documentation RIP
So to complete my third quarter report for genealogy goals --- I access my focus should be establishing better relationships with "cousins" and clearing report folders of history on genealogy.
Great 2.5 month focus. Because I want to start the new year with a "clean, organized house" and what better time than the holidays to reconnect and contact family and friends.
Happy Holidays All; Ruth