I’ve been very busy helping clients get organized recently and just have not taken the time to do genealogy research. I’ve been out all day most days and when I come home it’s all I can do to wrangle my email and get ready for the next day before collapsing with a glass of wine. (Well, it’s not quite that dramatic, but you get the idea.)
I find myself fantasizing about taking an entire week off to spend on doing genealogy research. In this dream stay-cation, I’d probably do the following:
- Get a good handle on what information I’m especially keen to check out
- Visit the local Family History Center
- Spend some time exploring the offerings of the St. Louis County Library
- Do some research at the genealogy area of the newly renovated St. Louis Public Library headquarters
- Continue to reorganize my electronic files
- Make sure I have electronic versions of the documents I’ve printed out and filed
- Read/view the many genealogy resources I’ve purchased
- See if I can figure out what I’d research if I went on a National Genealogical Society research trip to Salt Lake City
That sounds like more than a week’s worth of activities, actually. But the truth is that the chances I would actually take a week away from clients and running my organizing business is pretty remote.
But you know what? I don’t need a week off to dig into this stuff. Heck, I don’t need an afternoon off. If I can capture an hour here or there, I’ll make progress. And if I managed to put in 30 minutes most days, I’d make huge progress. It’s just like I tell my clients about decluttering: 15 or 30 minutes a day can make all the difference in the world. In fact, I got out my calculator and figured it out. If you declutter (or do family history research) for 3o minutes a day, five days a week, for a year , it comes to 130 hours. That’s more than three work weeks!
I still love the idea of focusing my efforts for an entire week. But for now, I’ll try to wedge about a half hour a day in and see what progress I can make!