FGO – Week 1

It’s Sunday and I’m proud to say – ‘My homework is done’! I’ve completed the tasks in the Jan 3rd-9th 2016

FINALLY Get Organized Checklist

Clear off the computer desk and make piles for everything

This one was easy since I actually cleaned my computer area yesterday! My desk is mostly clear of piles. Now to just take the time to put items away when finishing for the evening.

My Piles:

  • Worship planning: Hymnal, church calendar, notes just need put away when finished creating the worship media each week.
  • Scanning: Since I’m currently scanning from memory books and notebooks, I have a small worktable next to my computer for this ‘pile’.
  • Books: I have a book case on the opposite wall with ample space for my reference books. Since I’m trying to transition from paper to digital, some of my reference books are Amazon eBooks. I’ve installed the Kindle app on my computer and discovered that I could create a collections. Thus, I now have a ‘genealogy’ collection

Check your office supplies, and replace any missing or lost items

Need another ‘easy’ button for this since this task was mostly completed earlier! First, my husband purchased archival photo boxes for me for Christmas. Then as I was scanning photos, I realized that I was running out of sheet protectors and have more on order along with photo pages.

Setup your computer desk and office the way you really want it

When I started the ‘Genealogy Do-Over’ in July, I made a change to my computer area that I’m really enjoying. I created space for my old laptop to the left of my two monitors. By using my laptop, I can have a webinar going on the laptop and still continue scanning and/or research on my computer.

During the ‘do-over’ process, I also discovered One Note and that I like to use it for task management. Thus, I have a typing easel nearby for my tablet. This saves me screen space since I can keep One Note open on my tablet.

Establish a ‘RED’ clipboard (folder/notebook) as the “when Computer Help Arrives” clipboard

I don’t know that I will use this since I am ‘the help’, but I created a ‘RED’  notebook in One Note for technology issues just in case.

As part of this notebook, I’m creating a technology ‘wish list’. Most of the items on this list will become ‘essential’ if I purchase a laptop to replace my current desktop computer. This list will allow me to keep track of items such as a ‘wireless monitor’ or other devices to allow the connection of multiple monitors to a laptop.

Designate a special ‘GREEN’ clipboard as the ‘Genealogy Challenges’ Clipboard.

I created a ‘Green’ notebook in One Note titled ‘Genealogy Challenges’ for this. I’ve discovered that keeping a research log of any sort is one of my biggest challenges. Perhaps, I should add that as a challenge on this clipboard.

One down and 51 to go. Hopefully, I will be able to stay with this 2016 genealogy project!