February 6, 2012

Focusing in February: Motivation Monday

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time to set my goals for February. Like January, it promises to be a busy month. That’s one reason why it helps me to have a plan in place. I've joined some other bloggers in setting monthly goals this year and linking with Stephanie at Corn and Cotton: My Family’s Story (you're welcome to join in, too). Here’s what I hope to accomplish:

  • Study the Allen County Public Library online catalog and begin compiling a research to-do list. I'll be visiting Ft. Wayne for the first time during the upcoming Midwest Geneabloggers Meetup, coordinated by Tina Lyons of GenWishList and Terri O’Connell of Finding Our Ancestors. If you’re thinking about going, see Terri's post for hotel information, and let me know, too!
  • Do research connected to my writing goals (below) 
  • Prepare my older daughter’s bedroom for conversion into a home office (it will continue to double as our guest bedroom). If I get brave enough, I might post some “before” pictures so you can see why I need to do this.
  • Follow along with Michelle Goodrum’s challenges for the 21st Century Organized Family Historian
  • Write eight blog posts on my personal family history, experiences, and research tips
  • Participate in the Family History Writing Challenge, hosted by Lynn Palermo. I’ve pledged to write 250 words a day. This fits into my yearly goal to write for 20 uninterrupted minutes at least five days a week.
  • Write an article that could be submitted for possible publication

Time will tell how much of this I can actually get done between my other commitments, which include a trip to visit my daughter at college. One thing’s for sure—with only a little over three weeks left in the month, I’d better get busy!

Related Posts:
January by the Fire: Motivation Monday
Going Out on a Limb Again: 2012 Goals


  1. Great goals for February! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the Midwest Geneabloggers meetup. I'm also putting together an insider's guide to ACPL. So if you have any questions about the library, let me know.

    1. An insider's guide to the ACPL sounds wonderful, Tina. And I might take you up on the offer to email you with questions. Thanks for putting this together-I think it's going to be a lot of fun!

  2. Go Shelley! I can't wait to see how you take on February (just like you did January!) We're going to have so much fun in Dayton and in Fort Wayne. Can't wait to hit the road with you, travel buddy!

    1. Your positive energy is contagious, Stephanie! So glad to have you as a friend to travel and research with. Love how we keep each other motivated and moving forward!

  3. I really like your idea of monthly goals. They don't seem so overwhelming when broken down into smaller tasks. You will love the ACPL. I was there a couple weeks ago and I always find something good there. I plan to go there for the Indiana State Conference in April. I'll have to check out the Geneabloggers event, too.

  4. Karen, I agree, the smaller monthly goals seem much less intimidating. Little tasks just make good sense for me. I'm really looking forward to the Geneabloggers gathering at the ACPL. Hope you will be able to join us-the more the merrier!


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