Back in August 2015, I created a 30 x 30 challenge, to challenge myself and my readers to doing at least 30 minutes of genealogy research for 30 days in a row. It was a great success for me personally.
I did another one in January 2016, but it was a failure. I blame the fact that I had a ten-week-old puppy, which is pretty much the biggest distraction I can imagine. I waited until November 2016 for the next and then did one this year in March. Those last two were great.
Here it is only two months since the end of my last challenge and I’m declaring another one. Here’s why:
- I find when I don’t have a challenge going, it’s easy for me to put genealogy research on the back burner. A 30 x 30 challenge keeps genealogy front of mind.
- Having accountability is really helpful. I’m the type of person who likes to live up to my public commitments.
- Having an ending point helps keep me going–I think I’d give up if I declared I was going to do 30 minutes of genealogy research a day for the rest of my life.
In March, I added the commitment to log my research to the challenge. I’ll do that in June as well. And I’m going to up the commitment by trying to end each session with next steps, so I never have to spend time wondering what to work on. Having next steps is a habit I’d like to create and there’s no better way to create a habit than by doing that thing daily until it becomes automatic.
I’ll post updates a few times throughout the month. I’m excited to get started!
Will you join me? There are no rules except that for the month of June you make some kind of commitment to do something related to genealogy. Who’s in?