Here we are at the beginning of a new year, with its blank slate of promise and possibilities. I hope 2012 is off to a good start for you!
I took some time last week to think about what I might want to accomplish this year. It’s kind of scary laying things out for everyone to see, because there’s always the risk of not succeeding. Even when I start out with good intentions, real life has a way of—well, not interfering, but happening. It’s a given that some things won’t go the way we planned. But I think it’s a risk worth taking, because I found last year that setting goals in public helped keep me focused and motivated. And that’s a positive thing. So with that in mind, here’s what I hope to focus on in 2012:
- Research my maternal grandparents’ lines more thoroughly
- Research my husband’s New England ancestors
- Submit an application to Century Families of Ohio lineage society
- Record, analyze, file, and cite loose documents from my previous research trips (these are laying in piles on my dining room table)
- Keep current by recording new research discoveries immediately (so I don’t fall behind again)
- Create a habit of spending 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, on recording memories, family stories, and/or personal writing projects (I can already tell this one will require the most discipline--notice I gave myself 2 days a week "wiggle room")
- Write two articles to submit for possible publication
- Continue blogging regularly and making improvements to the blog
- Attend the Ohio Genealogical Society and National Genealogical Society conferences
- Take online classes, watch webinars, and read books that interest and help me
- Hopefully attend the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
Well, there you have it. Seems like a tall order, but hopefully within reach. Some of these things will need to be broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces. For that I plan to set monthly goals in Motivation Monday posts at the beginning of each month, to help keep me on track and making progress little by little. You can read my January goals here. And now as tempting as it is to sit and dream of what might be, I'd better stop making goals and start actually working on them. Whatever your goals, best wishes for a successful and satisfying year!
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