Here’s the next in my occasional series of bite-size Quick Tips. Click on the Quick Tips tag for my other Quick Tips. Because I tend to write longer posts, I wanted to provide a quick-to-read (and quick-to-write) post every couple of weeks on a small topic that pops into my head. This lesson on imperfection is one I embrace on a daily basis in most aspects of my life.
An imperfect research log is better than no log at all
As I’ve written here before, I struggled for years with guilt over not having a research log. Every now and then I would try one and then I would give up because it felt like too much work. But then I embraced ease and I started a simple, extremely imperfect, Evernote research log where I simply free-write what I did during each session in a new note in my Research Log notebook. I go into it in some detail in this post.
The fact that it’s so easy to log my research means that I actually do it. One key component of my log is that I write down the next action at the end of each session so I can pick up where I left off. I find it really helpful to check my previous session’s log at the beginning of a new session.
It’s certainly possible to do a more robust research log. And you’ll surely benefit from it. But I’ve come to acknowledge that my imperfect log is perfect for me. And that’s what it’s all about.
P.S. If the topic of genealogy research logs is of interest to you, you might want to join my Genealogy Research Loggers Facebook group. It tends to be a pretty quiet group, but you can always post there looking for guidance.