As a professional organizer (and podcaster who pays a lot of attention to perfectionism) I know that getting in touch with why you want to get organized is invaluable. Instead of thinking, “I should get organized,” which isn’t very motivating, you can take a moment to reflect on why getting organized is important to you. When you do that, you can more easily take action. And you can get past perfectionism and know when something is good enough.
This is true of organizing your home, and it’s also true of organizing your genealogy research. Why do you want to get organized? Here are some possible reasons:
- To fully benefit from the information contained in the documents you find
- To trust your research
- To have facts at your fingertips to share with others
- To have your research in a format that you can easily share
- To feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your research
- To pass along your legacy to your descendants
Knowing why it’s important to you to make the effort to organize your research can help you select a system that will work for you and help you let go of the notion that your system has to be perfect. Trust me, it doesn’t. It just needs to serve your “why.”
I’d love to hear about why you want to organize your research. Just leave a comment. For me, it’s all about benefiting from my work and trusting my research.
If you’re on my free Mailing List, you’ll be receiving a series of emails from me at the beginning of May that touch on these issues (and that include a discount for upcoming guide, How I Do It: A Professional Organizer’s Genealogy Workflow). If you’re not yet on the Mailing List, I encourage you to sign up!