Happy New Year! I can still say that right? It's not April yet. The temperature outside says I can say that until the temperature reaches my age. So it's time to set some goals for 2015, and try to have them measurable and realistic. There is some SMART acronym for goals, specific, measurable, assignable or achievable (well I'll go with achievable because they are all assigned to me), relevant or realistic and time related. Well these are all to be achieved within a calendar year, but some of them I chop up into smaller goals so I can better achieve them.
I like to divide my genealogy goals up in 3 categories: Personal, Professional and Volunteer
1. Attend at least 20 sessions of #genchat this year on Twitter
So do you #genchat? It's a chat session of genealogists usually on Friday evenings at 9 pm central. Find the schedule here: http://www.genealogygenchat.com/schedule.html
2. Do 2 webinars or videos for genealogy education
3. Plan a spectacular state conference, attend it and one other genealogy conference
4. Blog twice a month or 24 times a year
Included in this is blogging about 1 ancestor per month or 12 per year, I put my list of ancestors in an Excel spreadsheet for easy reference. This year I intend to include a few of my husband's ancestors as well as mine.
5. Continue with a research project (for a client)
6. Continue scanning land records (for another client)
1. Update the cemetery directory in May before Memorial day
2. Continue adding photos on Findagrave and taking more
3. Continue indexing marriage records and put online, do 3 surname letters
4. Continue regular (quarterly?) updates of my GenWeb site
1. Do timelines for 12 ancestors
2. Continue regular (quarterly?) backups of data to external hard drive and cloud
3. Finish husband's Mayflower application
4. Do my DAR application and state pioneer award
5. Continue working on research as on Ancestry to do list (mark off two?)
What are your goals? Do you set them? Stay tuned to see how I do. I try to make quarterly goals to help me attain them, or monthly. Whew! Got it done within the first week of the new year. Happy 2015!