Last week I had some unexpected time off (truck troubles), so I decided to register my new genealogy research business with my city. The official launch is coming soon. I also started a complete overhaul of this website. This will be ongoing over the next few weeks until I get it all done. And to top it all off, a research report I wrote for the ProGen Study Group was published by the Bucks County Genealogy Society in their monthly newsletter. You can read it here. Wow!! What a week!
Since I drive a truck for a living, it can be challenging (outside of crazy drivers) to find something to listen to every day. I found a new podcast about business, marketing, and branding called Brand, Market, Flourish. With a new genealogy business launching soon, I need to learn all I can. In listening to an episode, I realized I hadn’t looked at my quarterly goals since I made them. Ouch! Does that ever happen to you? Life gets in the way or your goals change midstream and what you thought you would do, you don’t.
The education category will never be a problem. I am constantly learning about something. But the rest…DNA, Volunteering, and Organizing…Nope! Nada! Zip!
Benjamin Franklin said, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I realized I never came up with a plan to implement anything on my genealogy goals list. Not smart of me (because goals should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).
So, I’m giving myself a Do-Over on the goals I set for the first part of the year.
Education will continue in the form of webinars and podcasts.
Volunteering will include heading to the local cemetery and finding ancestors for Find A Grave requests…love doing that!
DNA – I’m going to put that on the back burner until the summer.
Organizing – Also pushing that to summer.
This quarter I’m going to concentrate on the Gray Stabley Genealogy Services website and all that goes with it…marketing with social media, graphic design (I’m using Canva), and content. I think that’s enough to keep me busy.
Do you need a do-over for your goals? They are not set in stone, so go for it!
Genealogy tip: Local genealogy societies appreciate submissions for their newsletters. If you’ve written a piece about one of your ancestors, go ahead and send it to them. Like me, you might get published!