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Today’s Tip is:  Buy yourself an old-style kitchen timer …. the kind with the loud bell that goes off when time expires.
In a perfect world (at least for me) I would have all the time in the world for my genealogy!  But, alas, the world is not perfect and I have to cram my genealgoy into available times slots and between home repairs, dog walks, errands, and even a meal now and again.  
I also know that time can sweep right by me when I am hot on the trail of a fact or ancestor.  Many is the time I have looked at the clock only to see that hours have passed rather than the minutes it feels like to me.  Even more are the times that I hear my wife’s voice imploring me to leave the desk!
So I went out to my favorite hardware store (we are blessed in my town to have a great, old fashioned, family-owned hardware store that carries all kinds of great stuff) and bought myself a kitchen timer.  The kind with a great big dial, only goes up to an hour, and has a bell that rings when ‘time is up’.  
Now when I know my time is limited, I set that timer.  The ticking helps me stay focused and urgent.  And when that bell goes off and I usually jump right out of my chair, I know my time is up for that session.
It helps keep me on task and helps keep the household peace by reminding me of my other obligations, which I will readily admit get shunted aside mentally when I am hot on the trail of some piece of evidence!
So …… DING …… Whoops, there’s the timer!  Gotta run!
Onward To Our Past,
Scott 
  1. Michelle Goodrum Reply

    They work like a charm. I have one I use when pressed for time (and always for reading blogs or I would read them all day long).

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