Processing Genealogy Projects: My “Current Project” Shelves

Here is an insider’s glimpse at my work space.

**Note: we purchased a home six months ago that is nearly a hundred years old and has not yet been renovated, so the floors and walls you see here are far from perfect. Please do not judge me by the rough state of my house as I welcome everyone inside it via these photos! 🙂

I call these my “Current Project Shelves.” This is where I put the genealogy inheritance that I am currently processing:

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Here is a closer look at what is in the shelves this week:

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**Note: the contents of this shelf change each week, as I process their contents at my desk and finish items to move to the filing cabinets or other bookshelves, etc.

My cute little eco-friendly file box. Love it! :)

My cute little eco-friendly file box. Love it! 🙂

Sneak peek inside that basket full of slides, photos, and files that our family's historian was kind enough to burn onto CD ROM for me

Sneak peek inside that basket full of slides, photos, and files that our family’s historian was kind enough to burn onto CD ROM for me

By processing, I mean the activity outlined in David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity:

  1. Capture (the materials) by putting them in the shelves
  2. Clarify what needs to be done with them (I do this in my planner)
  3. Organize, not just the materials, but my strategy and next actions
  4. Reflect on the strategies and ponder anything I could do more efficiently
  5. Engage the materials–get started, don’t just leave them there!

For anybody out there whose genealogy projects might be taking over your desk instead of sitting obediently (and cleanly!) in an organized system, I highly recommend Allen’s book!

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**Next week, I will show you my desk (which is actually a desk and bookshelf combo, and loaded up with genealogy reference works!). It is my pride and joy! 🙂
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