September 30th, 2008 at 10:57 am (Articles)
When you are working and researching, keeping your nose to the grindstone, take time to relax and think. Sometime this is the best way to let you brain catch up. When you feel you are sitting to long or your eyes are just gone, get up take a little walk, relax.
I find that if I shift gears, my mind tends to think a little clearer. As much as I hate doing dishes, I will run a load or take time out to put in a load of laundry. I stick my head outside and get some fresh air. It seems when I come back I am refreshed and I am ready to go on.
Genealogy is a time consuming task. You will not do it over night. If you think you are, think again. It is so well worth the work, but it is work. But you will need to pace yourself and find a rhythm.
When you find your need to try something else, try the following, they work for me:
Take a walk
Do house chores
Stretch out (a little light yoga is great)
Read a book
With the last one, I have randomly run across novels, that are in fact based on genealogy. This help keep you thinking, gives you ideas, relaxes you.
Try some of theses:
A Veiled Antiquity by Rhett MacPherson
Always Time to Die by Elizabeth Lowell
Celestial Maronies by Peter Esterhazy
Death on the Family Tree by Patricia Houck Spinkle
Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
Far from the Tree by
Genealogy of Murder by Lee Martin
Jacaranda Vines by Tamara McKinley
Outland by Diana Gabaldon (my personal favorite!!!!)
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Roots by Alex Haley (great book)
The Ancestor Game by Alex Miller
The Devil in Tartan by Elisabeth Ogilvie
The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr
The Slow Way Back by Judy Goldman
The Wings that Fly Us Home by Dayna Dunbar