reviewed my 2012 genealogy goals and decided I needed to set less lofty standards for myself! So I ended up with one goal in 2013 - to complete unfinished projects.
I listed 4 projects I wanted to clear off my desk and my mind. Here they are along with my review of how I did:
2013 Genealogy Goals - How Did I Do?
Number one: I completed a genealogical mystery novel after two
years of hard work. After 7 edits, I sent it to my beta readers and they
returned their manuscripts this summer with suggestions for
improvement. Based on comments I only need to rework the first two
chapters and it's done! That's going to be number one on my list in
Unfortunately this did not happen. I could make all kinds of excuses - I've had a bout of ill health that has been my top priority since March 1st (and still is) but the bottom line is my final edit is not done
Number two will be the book I started a year ago on Children's
Genealogy Games & Activities. It is so close to completion that I am
ashamed of myself for not finishing it months ago.
I worked on this throughout October and November but it's not ready for publication.
Number three is a Family Genealogy book I intended to give to my
new sister-in-law at her wedding to my brother. I hate to say how long
it's been sitting in Shutterfly, almost ready to publish. And now her
sister wants to purchase two copies of it, sight unseen. That should be
motivation for me to complete it!
Success! Done and given to my sister-in-law PLUS a second one on her family genealogy
Number four is the next volume of my book on the Peer Family of North America. I have done all the research and need only to compile it into the various volumes then self-publish them.
Partial Success. The next two volumes are completed and are in the final editing stage.
So I had some success but could not accomplish all my goals. With my various health issues and workload, it was just too much. That's difficult for a high-achiever like me to admit. I'm the student who was never happy with "just" an A. It had to be A+ or it felt like I had not tried my best.
For the coming year I have decided I will have to be content with carrying on with the uncompleted 2013 genealogy goals. One step at a time. Hope that my health issues will lessen or be resolved, and plug away at one project at a time. I think basically I can sum my goal(s) up with this sentence:
DO NOT GET SIDE-TRACKED!
I plan to start in on one project and stick with it until it's completed. Easier said than done for someone like me! I tend so jump around from project to project. As one becomes tedious or begins to bore me, I work on another one for awhile. But I am convinced I have to change that for 2014.