Big Changes They Are A-Comin’ — 16 Comments

  1. Totally sympathize with you , Jenny …………………..working on my time wasters too.
    One of the things I did was narrow my blogs to read down to email format for just my favorites to read while I eat lunch , and the rest , I skim through , late at night , on my kindle if I cannot sleep.
    The same with doing Facebook too. I allotted certain times.
    My FHL center has been missing me so I will get there more now which forces me to research, work harder.

    • Good ideas, Magda! I think the hardest thing I will have to do is learn to say “no.” Even to myself. I might even have to resort to a timer for things like Facebook. You know, like kindergarten. LOL

  2. I can so totally, completely, relate! I am in the same boat although my major time suck seems to be student teaching and the little work I have left (working as a nanny once/twice a week). When I’m not student teaching or lesson planning or working with the kids, I often need a brain break and end up just surfing Facebook while watching pointless TV.

    So I’ve started accepting that for the moment, my blog will not get many posts, my genealogy research won’t happen very often, and I won’t be scrolling through microfilm very often. And just forget about making it to Santa Monica or Downtown LA for the bigger libraries…. the time and brain energy just doesn’t seem to be here anymore.

    • Elyse, I totally get it. Sometimes you just have to let things go until you are ready to deal with them. Unfortunately, I’ve been doing that for too long, so now it’s time to put on my big girl panties and start getting stuff done. We’ll see how long I hold up 🙂

  3. I like the idea of goofing off with social nets/blogs during lunch at work. Let me guess, you don’t always take lunch!
    I also can recommend putting your genealogy into the blog, in any way you like. Those research plans would make great blog posts and help people, and serve as cousin bait.
    I suspect your plans will be self-enforcing because as you delve more consistently into your OWN stuff, it is of course addictive. I mean, if genealogy isn’t addictive, you’re probably gathering too much stuff you don’t want to do under the genealogy umbrella.
    If your goals include getting through some stuff for your future, that’s good, but don’t let that replace the fun of your own research too much.

    • You’re right, Diane. I don’t always get lunch. Fortunately, the stuff I’m working on for my future uses mostly my own research … so I can have the best of both worlds in that respect. I also intend to set aside time to work on my own research, along with my cardmaking addiction. I’m in the process of creating a rough schedule that I’ll discuss with my Success Team partner tomorrow.

      Good idea about using my research plans on my blog. I might have to do that!

  4. Diane’s idea is a great one about putting research plans/finds/theories in blogs is a good idea. Even if no one reads it , I will remember where I put it ! I sort of do that with WikiTree sometimes . It’s not blogging but I share my findings as they progress.

  5. Hi Jenny, I totally sympathize and I am in the same spot you are in. I don’t know how all my genealogy friends get away with hanging out on facebook all day long and read and reply to blogs and watch webinars. They act like they are retired or something! Ok, well maybe they are! I too, have a full time job, plus I’m trying to change careers which means I’m also working nights and weekends at my 2nd job, so I have found that I have to manage my time even more tightly. Unfortunately this means I can only concentrate on task oriented research items. sigh.

    Anyways, I commend you for taking the first step which is figuring out what you want to do. I need to do that more often. It allows us to breathe relax and visualize. So go for it! Oh, and while you are at it, will you accept my FB friend request??? LOL I’m hardly on FB too, but realized we weren’t friends anymore so I sent it again so I can follow your blog posts.

    • Sorry about that Ginger … someone recommended (apparently) their entire friends list for me and I got about 300 notifications at one time. Unfortunately, yours got caught up in that. I fixed it 🙂

      Now … breathe in, breathe out. It’s all about priorities at this point, and we can only do what we can do. One foot in front of the other and all that, right?

  6. What a great post – and so true for me! I mean I seem to have time to play Jelly Splash but no time to work on my genealogy. My biggest problem seems to be FOCUS – even when I take time to “work” on my genealogy I often tend to jump around from one bright shiny object to another and end up accomplishing nothing.

    My first step needs to be coming up with ONE thing and then doing it. I’m so great at coming up with elaborate plans with many steps to accomplish ALL my goals in 6 months – or something like that. Problem is that it’s so overwhelming I never do it.

    • I agree, Diana. Part of my problem is that I’m incredibly motivated to work on my genealogy goals while I’m at work, but by the time I get home I’m so worn out all I want to do is sit on the couch and let rigor mortis set in.

      Once I figure out a cure for that problem, I’ll be so rich I won’t have to work at all … problem solved 🙂

  7. Such a timely post for me! A newbie to blogging, I’m already falling into some of the same traps you’ve listed. I’m starting to manage my time better, but need that 12-step program you refer to! 😉 Gotta get that research plan in motion…

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