I have "to do" lists for everything. Groceries, cleaning, research, errands, books I want to get... the list could go on and on forever. I'm just a "to do" list sort of person. Sometimes I forget that I have a to do list for some projects. Other times I have multiple lists for each part of the project.
Of course for those of you who don't use lists, well then this may all sound silly. BUT, those of you who like me do use lists you understand right?
Mark swears that when I awaken in the morning there is a ticker tape to do list running across the middle of my forehead. It sets the pace for my day, drives him crazy.
Seriously though, I am continually amazed at the number of people I meet who don't use a to do list in their genealogy research. A list of books, maps, newspapers and other "sources" that one needs to check for their ancestors, but can't do it right this instant.
I have a to do list for each repository that I visit on a regular basis. For example, I have a to do list for Ft Wayne (Aka Allen County public library), as well as for libraries in other places that I might be visiting in the near future. I find myself constantly updating, adding & deleting from my to do list based on my every day research. I even have a to do list for Ancestry.com - for days when I am just too brain dead to think, I can open up that to do list and get busy!
No more wandering around the library wondering what to do next. Having my to do list in my genealogy software makes it easy to generate a to do list, save it to my flash/thumb drive and go to my hotel's business center and print off my list. Talk about traveling lite! Now if only finding the answers to all my brick walls was this easy!
So tell me - do you make to do lists for YOUR genealogy?
Genealogy To Do lists - a very good thing!