Sunday, January 01, 2012

My New Year Goals for 2012

I feel like I made progress this past year on My New Year Goals for 2011. I am looking forward in faith that 2012 has a bright future.

Review of last year's goals

Goal #1: Read my scriptures daily. Feed my body and soul.
Goal #2: Write in my journal regularly if not daily.
Goal #3: Build a Genealogy Inventory Database.
Goal #4: Read good books and write book reviews on them.

Goal 1 & 2 I accomplished! In analyzing why they worked I believe it is because they were the most import goals in my life.  I had to feed myself spiritually before I could add other things. Reading my scriptures every day has become a great blessing and habit now in my life.

I found the perfect time for me to read my scriptures and write in my journal. Around 5:00-6:00 pm before the evening activities would begin I would stop what I am doing and read my scriptures. Normally I would also open my journal at the same time and record the days events or my thoughts and impressions. I would leave my journal open in Personal Historian and record in it as the night progressed.  Scripture reading and journal writing are habits that are perfectly established in my life now.

Goal 3 & 4 did not go so well and I have spent time considering where I went wrong. One reason could be that I was not clear enough on how I would set aside time and accomplish these things.  The other part of me thinks it just wasn't the right season for those items.

I had to find more time in my life to do more things.  I have been slowly working all year on training myself to not take such long naps so I could get more done.  I was hoping to sleep for shorter periods of time each day.  What I found is if I lay down to take a nap I have a hard time waking up. My training wasn't working so great because I physically needed the rest.  Then I discovered that I have a problem with gluten and high fructose corn syrup. As I eliminated them out of my diet I found more energy.  Well I can't walk a mile, but I can stay up some afternoons and not have to take a nap.  I haven't eliminated all naps but having a few days without them each week has been a great blessing.  I have some extra time now.

My new goals for the coming year.

Goal #1: Twice a week work on an organizing project.
I found during this past year, as I skipped a nap during a day, that I would find productive things to work on.  I have a HUGE To-Do List in many different categories.  Most To-Do items will in the long run make me more organized so I choose that favorite word for my Goal.  I am going to allow myself the freedom to pick two new things each week to work on.  They can be in small little bites or large ones.  I am going to have fun deciding what rewarding project will get my attention.  Maybe that Genealogy Inventory Database will get done, maybe it won't, but the key is to get activity engaged in something worthwhile.

Goal #2: Read from a good book once a day.
I have a huge reading list. I am just going to find the time to start reading again. Who knows maybe reading will replace the naps.  Either way this is something I am going to start working on. I would love to commit to reading an hour each day.  I know there are days that reading for a whole hour might be tough and others days I might read for several hours.  I think I will feel satisfied if I read at least 5 hours a week.

You may be thinking that my goals don't sound so genealogy-ish but they are.  My life evolves around genealogy and those projects and books are jumbled up in the mix.

Now that I feel really comfortable that I have obtainable goals this coming year I can't wait to get started.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!


A rootdigger said...

I would like to hear more about the Genealogy inventory

Anonymous said...

What is a Genealogy Inventory Database? I've been researching my family history since about 1990, and this is the first time I've heard that term.

Anonymous said...

What is a Genealogy Inventory Database? I've been researching my family history since about 1990, and this is the first time I've heard this term. Please clarify. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

What are you thinking in regards to the genealogy inventory database? Sounds interesting.

Renee Zamora said...

The Genealogy Inventory Database was a name for a pet project of mine. I was going to record all the genealogy materials I have and note what media they are in, if digitized and entered into my genealogy database. It has never gotten off the ground to write about. Just a concept, love the name. Thinking I could enter the data in my RootsMagic Research Log now, just using the fields for my own reference.