These days, jars are the thing. Fill jars with pretty things and put them on display. Leave out jars with gourmet spices for decoration. But jars can be put to even better use for genealogy.
It’s so easy to fall into negativity when dealing with genealogy. This record can’t be found, a relative refuses to help, a family village can’t be found on a map. Let’s have jars give a complete picture of how the adventure of genealogy is really going.
Here’s how to do that:
- Get 3 clear jars: one each for goals for the year, surprises and accomplished goals. Cheap jars can be found at Goodwill stores, craft stores, Big Lots, etc.
- Make realistic goals to accomplish for the year, based on your budget and available time.
- Place the jars in convenient, but uncluttered areas, to keep your focus.
- Every time a goal is reached, date and move the goal into the accomplished goals jar.
- Every time, an unexpected success happens write it down, date it and put it in the surprises jar. Try to write down as many surprises, no matter how small (i.e. confirming an ancestor’s birth date with a document), to watch how those successes snowball into major brickwall breakers.
- On those days that it feels as if progress has stalled, open the surprises and accomplished goals jars to read all the successes so far.
- Then every three months, repeat step 6 to think about new goals to keep the success rolling and filling those jars.
On Dec. 31, pat yourself on the back for sticking with the plan for a year.
It’s time for the big reveal. Will you accomplish more than expected? Will there be more surprises than accomplished goals?
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