|Genealogy Do Over - Restart Button|
Stuck somewhere back in Week Three or Four.
I lost it. Lost total control. Everything was moving way too fast and my mind was reeling. I kept a paper bag on my desk in my Cave for the increasingly frequent bouts of hyperventilation.
And I wept.
Genealogy is hard ...... When you do it right .....
But here I am. Back in the Cave. Reviewing the topics of the previous weeks. Making yet another checklist of what I did and what is still left to be done.
And, as providence would dictate, these past two weeks I have been flooded with replies to old (some very old) message board posts and new DNA matches - BSO's that distracted me, caught my eye, sucked me in. Took me off course and down the rabbit hole.
Why is it so easy to follow that darn rabbit!?!
Seems I need to recommit. Seems this is a recurring theme. Seems I need to learn some focus.
Or make another checklist.
So. Back to the beginning I go. To the beginning of the year and my grandiose plan of cleaning up my maternal lineage. I have been avoiding this for several years, as you may know from reading some of my previous posts. The Do Over was my savior. The thing I needed to kick my butt into action. Alas, it is a self-guided course, and I am famous for guiding myself to the coffee pot, facebook, pinterest, what the neighbors are doing next door .......
The beauty of this is that with each "restart" I have made a bit of progress. Each time I "restart" I am a little farther along. I have a bit of new knowledge and a new technique or two under my belt (or should I say in my tool kit).
As I review the past seven weeks I feel terribly lost. Terribly behind. Terribly inadequate. I glance at my paper bag feeling the twinge of overwhelmedness. I pull it together and begin to make a list of all I still need to do:
- Interview the living / conduct self-interview (Week 2)
- Stupid spreadsheet - stupid, stupid spreadsheet, er, I mean Research Log (Week 3)
- Another stupid, stupid spreadsheet - um, Project and Task Log (Week 4)
Wait? That's it?
So what has clearly been holding me up and creating undue anxiety and pig-headedness is the SPREADSHEET! The elephant in the room that I am trying very hard to ignore as I squeeze past to get to my comfy Cave chair.
Well, if that's all it is maybe I need to just turn my focus on creating this Spreadsheet. I already have the template on my computer...... I'll just go grab a cup of coffee .....
And take a quick peek out the window .....