Spring is here!

It has been almost three months since I have added a post to this blog.   The early part of this year has been very busy for me.   I have had a lot going on at work and there have been several personal issues that have kept me from working on my genealogy or updating my blog.  Some of these issues have been resolved so I am trying to get back to my genealogy and blogging.

I am really excited to be a speaker at the upcoming Family History Conference in Springdale.  I have been a speaker there several times in the past but personal issues kept me from attending or speaking at last year’s conference. The conference is Saturday, April 22nd from 8am to 445pm.

I will be teaching two classes:  Go Live on the Internet Sharing your Family History and Genealogy Software including Mobile Apps.  I am really looking forward to teaching the classes and to attending other classes at the conference!

The Conference is open to the public and free!  Hope to see you there!

I am also trying to get back into my genealogy. I am starting a genealogy Do – Over for 2017 and I have decided to use Family Tree Maker 2017 as my genealogy software.  The new version is set to be released later this week pending results of the latest Beta test. I will post information about my progress in later posts.

More to come later,


January and February have Come and Gone!  March is almost half gone too!

Getting Organized Status

Well, as usual I have fallen off the bandwagon on my getting organized resolution.  However, this year I am determined to persevere!  I started off February with a new try at keeping myself organized.  I have changed my system somewhat but I am determined to be organized this year. I was using a combined digital/paper system for most of February.    I like the feel of writing my notes on paper.  I want to be able to go back and review the notes and my daily activities.  I was using my iPhone and iCloud to have my tasks and calendar organized.  Being able to access my tasks and calendar wherever I am is invaluable!

As I moved through February and into March I have determined that the paper planning just isn’t working for me.  I have once again went to a digital system but this time I have committed to using OneNote as my planner.  I have setup my planner in OneNote by creating a notebook for each year and then a section for each month with a page for each day of the month.   I created the entire year ahead of time so that I can plan for the future without worrying about setting up new pages.  Also, now that I am using onenote, I have reviewed my previous notebooks and I am organizing all my notes into the same format notebook.  I am planning to spend some of this next weekend finishing this organization of all my old notes so that when I need to find a note I have taken in the past I can search all my old notes through the OneNote search features. I need to have information with me all the time especially without breaking my back to carry my planner!

Work-Life Balance

I have been working on my work-life balance during this past three months.  I am trying to be more “present” in the moments with my family and not always thinking about work even when I am not at work.  I actually am spending more time with them and enjoying that time more.

Using my digital planner, I think I am becoming more focused at work!  My notes are keeping me organized and with the new keyboard that I got for my planner I am able to type my notes and have them be searchable!  I can actually find the note that I took about that meeting or on that project without having to carry a 40 bag with me all the time!

More to come on my quest to become organized in the coming months!

I hope to add more genealogy information over the weekend!