As the new year kicks off, so do our plans for upcoming genealogy journeys. Being able to look back at the end of 2020 with a feeling of accomplishment begins with planning now for future success. Step one is to start with realistic goals that will get you excited about completing them without turning your life upside down.
After years of contemplation, 2018 was the year I was ready to start taking the next step toward professional genealogy. I took a good look at where I wanted to be over the next few years, did my homework, developed a business plan, and created a website. What I learned was that even with the best planning and preparation, life happens, and sometimes you need to hit the pause button when you get blown off course by unplanned events. I also learned that taking a break is not a failure, and jumping back in at the right time in 2019 was like rekindling an old flame.
Vision boards are a great way to visualize and plan your next steps. If you are hoping to find a new branch of the family tree, break through a stubborn brick wall, or expand on personal knowledge and expertise, they can provide clear direction and motivation by creating a picture of what you want to accomplish. Goals for genealogy are endless and should be personal, based on what you’d like to do or who you’d like to find, as well as purposeful to determine how to make those goals happen. A genealogy vision board with goals for 2020 creates a visual strategy with a personal focus on you.
My 2020 vision board includes completion of ProGen Study Group #44, BCG certification, and the NYG&B New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC) in Albany this fall. I am super excited about the busy year to come, and I'll be using my vision board as a screen saver to keep me on track.
So, cheers to the new year and making it all happen in 2020 with goals and plans that lead us down the road to success and personal accomplishments. Happy New Year!