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I’ve Been MIA For a Couple of Months
Obsession Is Not A Good Thing
I had to make myself step back and take a break. I had become seriously obsessed with finding something on Thomas Chandler Curtis (1824-1909) and the obsession became overwhelming. I was cranky, irritable, frustrated, and in general just not myself. I don’t like me very much when I get like that and when I stop liking myself…let’s just say it isn’t pretty. Solution: step away do something else.
Not Recognizing Burn Out is Not A Good Thing
After stepping away from all of it for a couple of weeks, I also realized that I’d hit a burn out point. I hit it hard, fast, and was totally blind-sided by it, to the point that I didn’t even realize I’d hit until I started feeling less obsessed. I did work on one of my hobbies, but then I hit a “I need to do nothing for a bit” phase, and I’m not use to those (I’ve got to always be doing something). I’ve been putzing around with Microsoft games for a little over two and a half months. Finally burned out on them this last week. Which means it’s time to get back to work on my tree……..except….
I’ve Got Way Too Many Pots and Pans on the Stove
Roots Magic 7
I downloaded the free version late last year. I started off copying one by one each person in my Ancestry account, but that was taking too long, so I downloaded the GED file of my Ancestry Account and uploaded it up to Roots Magic. I didn’t like the results. So…
I think it was around Thanksgiving I downloaded my family tree WikiTree, which I liked much more, BUT…it doesn’t download the biography, so I have to manually copy that, paste it in, clean out the codes (or adjust them). Don’t mind doing that but…
I get going on one family member and I get into my Ancestry account and there is a new hint on that person, so I stop the part of what I was doing to investigate the new hint, so something…there is always one thing that pulls me into something other than what I was originally working on. Then I find more hints on someone else that I’ve been looking for and I repeat the same process, over and over again…and then…
I double check what’s on WikiTree for that person, and I get more distractions. I need to add this person to my One Place Study, I need to add this person to the Church, I need to do this, I need to do that, oh look, I need to do this too…and then…
Check My Email
I get an email that someone did something or other to one of the profiles I manage on WikiTree, so I set aside what I’m doing to see what was changed. Look for notes as to why it was changed, look for the reference they are suppose to add (sometimes they don’t) and if they didn’t I start hunting for the proof…and what I find gets piled on top of what I was working on. Then I repeat what I said above in the WikiTree Projects paragraph…and then….
A Huge Pile of Paperwork (OR More Like 4 or 5 Piles)
Then I end up with these huge piles of paperwork that is a few pages for this person, on top of a few pages for another person, on top of another person….and this goes on for weeks at a time. By the time I hit the end of where I got distracted to (imagine a labyrinth), I want to go back to where I was when I started, but what I need is buried under one of the piles, and then….
Real Life Happens
And then I got hit with I arranged my room wrong and couldn’t get to the A/C. I know this shouldn’t be a thing given that Winter seems to want to hang around longer this year, but the hot days just get to hot for me. So I have to clean up my work space to move the table. Solution, take all 5 piles and put them in a box.
So now I have this compressed pile of paperwork that I need to sort and file so that I know where the heck it is. I’ve needed to do this for about a month now. Since I’ve still been in burn out mode, I’ve been putting it off.
Somewhere in there I get hit with Jury Duty and had to report twice which took a major physical toll on my body. And there have been other issues I’ve been dealing with as well.
I’ve been helping other people find stuff (or try to) off and on throughout the last couple of months, but I have done very little on my own tree. I’ve been avoiding the 52 week challenge as well, because it means looking at my tree more than just for a few minutes.
What To Expect From Me In The Coming Weeks
First I have to sort the paperwork and get it where I can find it easily. Because I’m so many weeks behind on the 52 week challenge I’m going to try to double them up each week, but I’m not promising anything. I’m going to redo my plan for what day I’m doing what, but this time I’m going to include a couple of days off from genealogy so that I don’t burn out so fast and as badly as I did this last time. And I’m going to schedule a week off from genealogy each month to work on my hobbies. I have a Christmas present I’m going to be starting in a couple of weeks.
The Key For Me: Teaching An Old Dog A New Trick
I have to NOT too much of any one thing at a time to avoid burn out. This means I have to learn to not be so concerned about finishing one thing that could take a day, a week, a month, or even longer to complete and move onto something else, knowing that I will be coming back to it in the cycle that I am going to put myself on. (Kind of like the way I worked on my homework assignments for College ages ago.) I need to file paperwork when I’m not using it, even though I know I will be coming back to it (eventually). It will be a whole lot easier to find. First thing I have to do, after I get the paperwork straight again is the plan on a calendar. Going to work on the filing and calendar now.