I was recently caught in a game of tag by:
***10 Years Ago I……..
- Was the father of a toddler with another child on the way
- Wrote articles for Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal
- Was a fairly new resident of Arizona
- Drove a Ford Escort
- Had never been to the Grand Canyon
***5 Things on Today’s To-Do List……
- Work on presentation for Mesa Family History Expo
- Write a blog post
- Recommend colleague on LinkedIn
- Finish ProGen Study Group reading & work on assignment
- Get to bed earlier
***5 Snacks I Enjoy……..
- M&Ms – Peanut & Peanut Butter
- Pecan Sandies
- Oreo Blizzard – Dairy Queen
- Thin Mints – Girl Scouts
***5 Places I Have Lived……
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Naperville, Illinois
- Provo, Utah
- Kaysville, Utah
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
***5 Jobs I Have Had…..
- Application Developer/Software Architect
- BYU Bookstore – Data Processing Clerk
- BYU – Teaching Assistant
- Godfather’s Pizza – Cook and driver
- Amusement Park – Game Operator
***5 Blogs I tag to play…..
- Paul Allen
- Dan Lawyer
- Beau Sharbrough
- David Lifferth
- David Lambert
To All Genealogy Super Heroes:
Since the 1940s and 50s, Superman has lead “a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.” If Superman were a genealogist instead of a super hero what would he stand for? I think he would still stand for truth. After all, the Genealogical Proof Standard is intended to systematically get us as close to the truth as possible when conducting genealogy research. But what would the other 2 points be?
Why do yo do family history? Can you summarize it in 3 main points?
Here is my attempt:
Truth, Preservation, and Connecting Generations
Here’s your challenge: Reply with the 3 main reasons you do genealogy.
If possible, try to have it complete this sentence:
“As a genealogy super hero, I lead a never-ending battle…”
This month the ProGen study groups studied a single topic: Time Management
You can find this in Professional Genealogy in:
- Chapter 13 – Time Management by Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG
A key paragraph at the beginning of the chapter states:
“Dozens of times each day we make decisions – consciously or unconsciously – to begin, continue, or terminate various activities. Many of the time management problems genealogists face do not have solutions, but if we recognize the problems, we can make more informed decisions.”
The rest of the chapter identifies and discusses 10 problems that genealogists face:
- Creating boundaries
- Identifying clients
- Organizing time
- Planning for unbillable time
- Cutting time waste
- Identifying procrastination
- Making time for growth
- Saying “no”
- Giving away time
- Controlling the inquiring mind
As an additional resource, we were encouraged to watch a time management lecture given by Professor Randy Pausch and review the accompanying PowerPoint slides (11 MB). This lecture was given in 2007 after Randy knew he was dying of cancer.
Also provided was a link to an article titled, “The Pickle Jar Theory.” This reminded me a lot of the “big rocks” story from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Our assignment this month was pretty straight forward 1) keep a time journal for a week, 2) identify time “thieves”, and 3) begin eliminating wasted time.
It is hard to believe that we have finished our fifth and now sixth month of the study group. I am a little behind in reporting month five. Here is a link back to ProGen Study Group #4.
Our reading assignment from Professional Genealogy was:
- Chapter 6 – Executing Contracts by Patricia Gilliam Hastings J.D.
- Chapter 10 – Setting Realistic Fees by Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
In chapter 6, the author discusses the need for a contract and breaks it down into its essential elements. The chapter gives two sample formal contracts for genealogical lecturing and research services. As a less formal alternative, there is a sample agreement for genealogical research services in letter form.
In chapter 10 we read about the process of setting realistic fees:
- Identify annual salary needs
- Calculate annual expenses
- Set a profit margin over and above salary
- Determine billable hours
- Calculate hourly fee
- Evaluate and adjust
This month the assignment came in two parts: