It’s 2020! Every new year I get a bit excited about the possibilities. It is like a blank page or a new canvas. The possibilities are endless and amazing. But if you are a disorganized mess, you might miss out on those opportunities simply because you are buried in your disorganization (whatever that looks like in your life). I’d hate for that to happen to you! It took me a while to get a hold of it and it is still an ongoing process. I get busy, things pile up, and before you know it, I need a day just to get back in control.
This blog series will touch on the five categories I generally set or review for myself each year: organization, education, business/professional, research, and writing. First, let’s talk about organization.
I’ve written extensively on getting organized recently, so I won’t go into detail here. But getting your genealogy organized can be a big time-saver in the long run. I encourage you to look at any system for organization and just take the leap and get it done. This is not something you sit down and do one day, usually. There’s a process: pick a system (this involves a little trial and error) then DO the system (get everything “synced” to the new system).
Beyond what I’ve written about, there are a lot of resources for getting organized when it comes to your genealogy. Thomas MacEntee hosted a Genealogy Do-Over a few years back (there’s still an active Facebook Group). Dear Myrtle did a “Finally Get Organized” series on her blog. Most recently, the Genealogy Guys have been posting on their blog 31 days to getting organized, starting with Day 1.
Here are some more resources:
- “Organizing Your Genealogy Files: A Practical Approach” – Amy Johnson Crow’s Blog
- Video: “Organize Your Genealogy: Tips from a Professional Organizer” – Amy Johnson Crow
- Organizing Your Research Filing Systems – Category on Cyndi’s List
- Organize Your Family History – Blog by Janine Adams (I’m going to join her 30×30 challenge!)
- “How to Organize Your Genealogy Files” – Kimberly Powell via ThoughtCo
- Video: “Tips for How to Organize Your Online Life for Genealogy” – Lisa Louise Cooke
There are plenty more out there. This is just a short list of resources. The main point is, do some research, think about your personal genealogy, and decide on a system that will work for you. Then get started. I’m a big fan of just working on a large task in small bites. Set a timer and do 15, 30, or 60 minutes per day, whatever your schedule or patience will allow. But get started!