I was very excited to read week 4 of Thomas's Genealogy Do Over. I was more than ready to move forward and quit working on "me." A lot of time was spent finding and adding sources to my research log, and working on that first person in my newest tree, "me." Now I am quite tired of "me."
What I got excited about was starting another Excel worksheet! Yes, I know there are several of you who really don't care for Excel, but I love it! I have enjoyed entering information into the research log, and already feel and see the benefit of having it. So, yes to a new log!
Thomas MacEntee, of Geneabloggers fame, shares his "project management skills" with us in week four, and as I was reading his post I was already seeing the use of this log for much more than genealogy. I need one for my whole retired life! (I am not kidding!) I set up a template this evening. The bottom tabs in my workbook are rather small and hard to read. I spent quite a bit of time searching for a way to enlarge the tabs and words and finally found that I can't do it within Excel, so I have moved on and will let this be, for now.
I filled in all the sheets with Thomas's samples, and saved it as a template, copyrighted of course, by him. Then I started my own worksheet. My list is full for tomorrow. I am looking forward to seeing the total amount of time I spend on each category for a week, and a month.
Over the years I feel I have slowed down and don't work quite as fast as I used to. As we age, I believe some of you may have noticed this also, our days seem to go so much quicker. At the end of every day I am shocked at how little I feel I have accomplished. I set my goals high, so lately I am disappointed because I don't seem to accomplish all that I feel I should. I am forever trying to figure out how to add more hours to my day. This log is sure to be an eye opener and a big help to me.
I understand there is a tab in the Research Log template called "Search Attempts." I apparently didn't copy any tabs from that template, so I will go find it and adjust mine. Even though Thomas says we will think he is nuts doing this, I know the logic behind it and I am not laughing. I do not want to keep doing the same tasks over and over. This is my next step, preparing the Search Attempt's file.
Until next time...
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