Today’s Tip: When you head starts to swim ….. do laps in a different pool!
Today I was deeply involved in a surname I had been working on for the week. I had ordered all the documents I could and I was in a holding pattern waiting for them, but as I got excited, I started to spread out my looking …. and started to bounce around a bit on this common surname and generations of similar given names. Pretty soon I was confusing one fellow from the 1700’s with a like-named fellow from the later 1800’s. I was doubting my early work, until I went back and saw the documentation. Still I plowed on ….. pretty soon my head was awash with names, places, dates, and nothing was clear!
I realized I was pushing too hard! I needed to step back and swim in a different pool for awhile and wait for those crucial documents to arrive in the coming days and weeks.
So as tough as it was, I put my notebooks aside. I saved that portion of the tree, and I moved on.
I have found that when the old noggin starts to swim, I may be in too deep for personal reasons and I need to come up for air and begin to work a different line for awhile.
I picked a different need in my tree and began working on different names, new place names, and in this case a different century. It became fresh again, the brain cleared and I was far more productive.
So, I will hold off …. no matter how hard …. on that first line until I get those documents I know I need to move on a quality basis back a generation!
The time will be well spent elsewhere and when I do attack again, it will be with a clear head, good focus, and new data!
So remember, when the head begins to swim ….. swim in a different gene pool!
Onward To Our Past,