Friday, February 5, 2010

Making myself accountable

I tend to accumulate genealogy data more quickly than I enter it in my database. I was going to say "than I can enter it" but I know that isn't true! I want to keep a check on myself that I am at least entering new information as I gather it, and preferably catching up on some of the long overdue data entry! There's a folder on my hard drive that contains various digital bits and pieces that I haven't yet entered into my database.

Right now, there are 190 files in the folder, sorted into 25 sub-folders.

This doesn't include all the email correspondence that I have yet to act on, or the many photocopied pages (not relating to my direct line) kindly sent to me by other researchers.

I will post my progress from time to time. It may not make for interesting reading, but perhaps it will keep me motivated to sort out my information!

4 comments:

  1. Perhaps you need some sort of goal that you can be held accountable for achieving, like one file per week, or everything for one family in a month? I know I would! It's often not enough to say you're going to do it, you have to say what and when.
    Good luck!

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  2. Good point. For now I'll just say that I will check the total on around the first of each month, and will accept no change in any particular month as a reasonable outcome, but aim for clearing 5 files per month.

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  3. I have the same 'holding bay' of stuff to enter, although it sounds like you have much more than me to enter. I need to be in the mood to add heaps of stuff and then i will go for it. I do give priority to my paternal line and every-now-and-then i will add those off this line. Any email images/information i get i try and add that straight away then its done.

    Shelly, plan ahead if possible - set aside 30 mins/1hr knowing that you will only enter those 190 files that you still have to do and dont get sidetracked.

    Keep going and keep chipping away at the backlog.

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  4. I have the same 'holding bay' of stuff to enter, although it sounds like you have much more than me to enter. I need to be in the mood to add heaps of stuff and then i will go for it. I do give priority to my paternal line and every-now-and-then i will add those off this line. Any email images/information i get i try and add that straight away then its done.

    Shelly, plan ahead if possible - set aside 30 mins/1hr knowing that you will only enter those 190 files that you still have to do and dont get sidetracked.

    Keep going and keep chipping away at the backlog.

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