I’ve been giving some thoughts to the goals I want to set for my genealogy research for next year. I’m a big goal setter and I’ve written posts about my genealogy goals for 2013, 2014, and 2015. (I guess that I didn’t set any for 2016. I blame my puppy, Bix, who completely disrupted the 2015/2016 transition.)
I reviewed those posts this week and was struck by the fact that while I’m pretty good about setting genealogy goals, I’m pretty bad at achieving them.
So this year, I decided to keep it painfully simple. I’m setting only three goals. And I’m narrowing my focus, in a big way.
I know that I do better with fewer options because I’m easily overwhelmed by choices. In 2014 I addressed that by coming up with a plan to focus on one family line per quarter.
In 2017, I’ve decided to take this a step further and focus on a single family line the whole year. 2017 is going be the year of the Adams family. This feels big to me–simultaneously exciting and weirdly scary. But I feel if I keep my focus on the Adams family (starting by finishing the transcribing and abstracting George Washington Adams’ giant pension file), I will stay more focused and dig deeper. I’m a little concerned it might get boring, but I don’t think so.
You can bet that I’ll let you guys know how it goes.
three four goals I’ve set (in concert with limiting my focus) are:
- Research at least five days a week
- Take at least one research trip
- Attend at least two genealogy conferences, to avoid tunnel vision and keep me sharp. (One of those will be RootsTech, since I’m speaking there. I haven’t yet determined the other(s).)
- Create a habit of logging each research session. (I added this goal after my ruminations on December 27 that led to this post.)
How about you? Do you set goals for your genealogy research? If so, do you care to share them?