Thanks a bunch Randy and Linda for the recognition. But I DEPEND on Randy’s blogging prompt to write my Sunday blog.
Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:
It’s Saturday Night again –
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!
Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):
1) Marcia Philbrick wrote Goal Update this week on her Heartland Genealogy blog. Linda Stufflebean suggested this would be a good topic for SNGF.
2) What were your 2023 genealogy goals? How are you doing in achieving them? [If you didn’t do goals this year, what goals would you like to achieve by the end of 2023?]
If you read my original post, you hopefully got the impression that I haven’t made much progress on my 2023 goals. This is likely due to a few issues:
- I did not write my goals as ‘Smart Goals’ which may be impacting my focus.
- Some of my goals take too much time.
- Sometimes I struggle focusing.
Looking at my goals, my lack of progress and wanting to do better during the next six months, I think I need to re-define my goals following the guidelines for Smart Goals. I think the SMART goal format will help me because my goals will become
All of my goals are relevant since they all relate to my genealogy research. And they are likely measurable — even if the measure is writing a blog post or updating WikiTree. They are also achievable — eventually. And it is that eventually that makes my current goals difficult to achieve since I lose focus.
To get over that ‘eventually’ hurdle that some of my goals have had, I’m going to try a practice that a fellow genealogist is using. In her case, she works on one ancestor a month. Since my original goal was to create research reports (narrative reports), I’m going to try working on one ancestral couple a week. With about 24 weeks left in the year, I should be able to work thru quite a few of my 4th great grandparents.
So my goal becomes
Work on updating my research for a 4th great grandparent couple (specific) for one week (time-bound) to create a narrative report (measurable) and a list of research questions to guide future research (measureable – relevant).
In the process of achieving this goal over the next 24 weeks, I also hope to continue achieving another ‘unwritten’ goal of mine: to post a blog post daily.
May we all achieve our 2023 goals and may our efforts help open holes in those brick walls.