May 9, 2011
Recently the biggest challenge in my genealogy life is time. I naively thought that when my four chicks left the nest I’d have more time to pursue the things that were important and interesting to me. Yeah, not so much. (Lest I discourage those of you out there with young families, I will say that many things have gotten much less time consuming — cooking, for example).
But I still have to contend with the reality of full-time employment and a husband (love you, honey!). Also, it would be nice to clean my house more than just bi-annually. My elderly cats have taken competitive carpet-trashing to a new level, easily surpassing the record previously set by my four children. I look at people like Thomas MacEntee, who seems to be seems to be second only to God in his omnipresence, and wonder “HOW do they do it?” How do they find time to blog, tweet and keep up with their RSS feeds, not to mention do their own research?
And while I’m asking, how do you balance your “real” life with your genealogy life? What about those previously enjoyed hobbies that were completely overshadowed when genealogy came to town? Seriously, I’ve been knitting the same pair of socks for two years, my spinning wheel is gathering dust in the corner, and I have a stack of books THIS HIGH waiting to be read. (Just for the record, librarians do NOT spend their work hours reading.)
Time management has never been my strong suit, but if I don’t do something my head will explode. Any advice from the peanut gallery?
Ideas from Family Tree Magazine:
Family Tree Firsts is an ongoing blog series featuring newbie genealogist Nancy Shively of Skiatook, OK. Read all her posts at Family Tree University.