I am best when I have a specific goal and a specific deadline. Outside of that, my brain and therefore my work is pure chaos. I've tried so many things that sometimes I think my brain is just too confused on what process I'm using to stick with it. I've used Evernote for my genealogy work now for years. I think I'm finally used to how it works and I tend to use it much more now than these stacks of paper notebooks I have laying about the house with miscellaneous random notes on every page. Recently, of all places, my son's teacher recommended a calendar program to help us all keep things going and it's been a huge help so far. I'm scheduling all sorts of things for myself to do.... I'll let you know when I actually do them.
I'm going to keep using Evernote for client work, because that's I how I utilize it currently. I keep track of what I'm working on and where it stands. I also keep track of my files for becoming certified in there. All in one place. It's important for clients to know what I've done and for me to be able to go back and see what I did for someone if they request something else in the future.
This week, I'm giving some other organization things a try. I'm going to utilize this for my own personal tree. I'm doing this because I can see where I would get distracted while working on my own family tree by the pending items I have to do for others. I could not monetize the number of hours I actually spend on something. It would be a crazy number. So if I'm set to a time limit or budget limit, I can't just be going over that on random searching.
This program I just today found out about on another Blogger's site. Golden Egg Genealogist recommends the Zotero.org program. If you also want to give it a try, make sure you go in and read the GEG's blogs about the product and how she uses it. Then come back here and let me know how you are using it and how it helps your research process!
Let's give it a try together and we'll get our real issues with organization resolved in no time! I'll be out here enjoying my Adventures in Genealogy. Join me!
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