I--like every other family historian out there--want to make a trip to Salt Lake City. But I need to get my documents and files in order and take a look at what I already have. I need to organize, scan, cite, file, and analyze, analyze, analyze. I've already mentioned how going through the documents of my paternal grandfather's life led me to newly-discovered information on the Internet. Sometimes looking at a stack of papers or a cluttered file folder can simply be overwhelming. Recently, I spoke on organization at a genealogy society, and I shared some tips that I believe can be helpful reminders to us all:
- You have to find the organizing system that works for you; one that fits your storage needs, budget, and organizing style.
- Over time, our needs change. Our organizing systems will change, too.
- We use 20% of our stuff 80% of the time. This means 20% needs to be at our fingertips for easy access, but the rest of the stuff can get filed out of the way.
- It didn’t get to be a mess overnight; it won’t get all organized overnight, either!
- Set aside a certain amount of time to work on your project: 15 minutes a day, or an hour on the weekend, etc., whatever works for you. Sometimes it helps to work with a friend.
So, anyone out there willing to give it a go? Remember, it doesn't all have to be done by July 31st. Any progress is better than no progress! If you want to jump in, comment on this post or over at T.K.'s blog.