One of the most common questions people ask me is whether or not I ever sleep. I can assure you, I sleep. But it is what we do with the time we are awake that is important. For example, we recently gave away our TVs, again. How many hours a week do you watch TV? That includes the news, the weather, sports, whatever. My total time watching TV is zero. Oh, so how do I keep "in touch" with what is going on? I have replaced TV with the Internet. My one great time killer is movies. But I hate commercial interruptions, so I watch movies from DVDs or on Netflix. I have never been interested in commercial sports and so that has never been an issue. I am likely the last adult of my age who has never seen a complete professional football game in my entire life.
The basic question is how badly do you want to do your genealogy? What is genealogy's priority in your life? The simple answer for me is that I made it one of the very first priorities. Then making decisions about what to do or when to do it, fall naturally into place. I also work. I cannot sit and do nothing for more than a few minutes before I get up and start working. I wake up. I start to work. Simple. I always have a long list of tasks to complete and I work all day, everyday, even when I am not sitting at a computer. If I can't write, I think about what to write. I do this all day, every day.
By the way, I do have jobs. I have law cases on appeal. I have businesses to manage. I have family to care for. Boy Scout work. Church work. Lots of things to do. We go hiking, swimming, camping. It is just that I am always moving and gainfully employed. I fill in all of the spaces between activities with genealogy.
Am I out to convert the world to my life style? Not hardly. I fully realize that most people are not motivated to work all the time.
My main goals involve the following:
- Processing tens of thousands of documents and cataloging them including thousands of glass and acetate negatives.
- Processing tens of thousands of digital images and adding metadata.
- Distilling the information from all those documents and incorporating it into my genealogy files.
- Resolving some of the issues with my present ancestral lines.
- Adding whatever information I can to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
- If FamilySearch Family Tree turns out to work, and if there are no onerous limitations, adding all of my research to the Family Tree.