Day 25: Organize Your Routines


The word “routine” sounds so…routine. Routines get a bad rap. We hear the word and think about drudgery or days that never change. But we’ve got routines all turned around backward. Routines are our friends, and they can make our lives more interesting.

Keep in mind that genealogy is a mental exercise. It takes a lot of brainpower to focus on our research question, to construct effective research plans and search strategies, to locate relevant information, to evaluate evidence, and to compose conclusions. But if we do everything differently every day and in a haphazard manner, we waste time having to think about trivial things when we need to be using that time and mental energy on better things. Enter routines.

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