Monday, April 30, 2012

Motivation Monday - Goals for May 2012

Tomorrow is the first day of May so I thought I would make today, the last day of April, my Motivation Monday (even though it is not technically the first Monday of the month!).

My goals for April 2012 were:
  1. Continue organising my bookshelves on Google Books. At the time of posting, I have 150 books saved in the 'Favorites' bookshelf. During April I will aim to reduce that number to 0. (Achieved. I have now sorted through all the books I had saved to my Google Books bookshelves.) 
  2. Organise all the items I have previously saved to my 'Shoebox' on Ancestry. At the time of posting I have 763 items saved. I aim to reduce that number to at least 700 during April. (Achieved. I now have 460 items saved to my 'Shoebox' on Ancestry) 
  3. Continue reading Photoshop Elements 10 All-in-One For Dummies. At the moment I am up to page 286, I will aim to read up to page 340 by the end of April. (Achieved, I have now read up to page 352). 
  4. Actually make a start on my new Legacy file, beginning with myself and working backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs. During April, I aim to do this for just my immediate family. (Not yet achieved, hopefully in May!) 
  5. Move a few more genealogy files from my 'To Sort' folder into relevant surname folders on my computer hard drive. (Achieved. My 'To Sort' genealogy folder contained 27,005 Files, 2,711 Folders, 48.6 GB of data. Most of this space was taken up with duplicate files I already had saved in my Genealogy folder. I used Duplicate Cleaner 2.1 to find and delete duplicates. My 'To Sort' genealogy folder currently contains 216 Files, 32 Folders, 283 MB of data.) 
  6. Move a few more photographs from my 'To Sort' folder into folders for the relevant year and month. (Achieved, though I still have a lot to do. Currently my 'To Sort' photographs folder contains 4,232 Files, 231 Folders, 10.8 GB of data. My 'Scans To Sort' folder currently contains 16,412 Files, 435 Folders, 53.3 GB of data.) 
  7. Participate in blogging prompts when able (52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, 21st Century Organized Family Historian and Beyond the Internet) (I did not manage to participate in these blogging prompts during April.)
My goals for May 2012 are:
  1. Organise all the items I have previously saved to my 'Shoebox' on Ancestry. At the time of posting I have 460 items saved. I aim to reduce that number to at least 300 during May. 
  2. Continue reading Photoshop Elements 10 All-in-One For Dummies. At the moment I am up to page 352, I will aim to read up to at least page 388 by the end of May. 
  3. Begin re-reading Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner.
  4. Actually make a start on my new Legacy file, beginning with myself and working backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs. During April, I aim to do this for just my immediate family. 
  5. Move a few more genealogy files from my 'To Sort' folder into relevant surname folders on my computer hard drive. At the time of posting my 'To Sort' genealogy folder currently contains 216 Files, 32 Folders, 283 MB of data. I aim to reduce this number to 0 during May.
  6. Move a few more photographs from my 'To Sort' folder into folders for the relevant year and month. At the time of posting my 'To Sort' photographs folder contains 4,232 Files, 231 Folders, 10.8 GB of data. My 'Scans To Sort' folder currently contains 16,412 Files, 435 Folders, 53.3 GB of data. During May I aim to reduce the number of files in my 'To Sort' photographs folder to at least 4,000.
  7. Post a Tech Tuesday post each week as part of my Galaxy Nexus Series
  8. Participate in blogging prompts when able (52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, 21st Century Organized Family Historian and Beyond the Internet)
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4 comments:

  1. Allin, How have you organised your books and google books?

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    1. Hi Julie, Re: organising Google books, I went through each book, deleted it if it was not relevant anymore, but if it was still relevant I saved it as a bookmark in Diigo instead with relevant tags: surnames, places etc. When I first used Google books they didn't have the 'bookshelves' they used labels instead. I had various relevant labels for each book, then suddenly Google changed each label into the much less user-friendly bookshelves. The multiple (about 72 I think) bookshelves weren't working for me so I decided to save books as Diigo bookmarks instead.

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  2. What a lot of work you've done Aillin. I need to take a leaf from your book. I did scan 750 old slides last week and labelled them and sorted but need to go back and add meta tags. Don't think I can face more scanning just yet.

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    1. Thanks Pauleen. I still have a lot of sorting to get through though but I'm slowly making progress by motivating myself through this blog! I cannot take credit for all the scanning though as Mum did a lot of that, including old slides as well :) But I still need to tag them all.

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