Episode 20: {GEIP} Genealogy

Shannon and Janine are among the millions of people who enjoy doing genealogy research. In fact, as a genealogy blogger, Janine devotes a significant amount of time to it. In this, our second Good Enough In Practice episode, we discuss Shannon’s challenges with her genealogy research (which involve an enviable literal treasure trove of original documents given to her by her mother) and discuss some strategies to help her get past the perfectionism that’s stopping her from proceeding with her research.

Discussion topics include:

  • How a lot of people get hung up on perfectionism in genealogy
  • How genealogical standards can feel intimidating
  • How the discovery of Shannon’s treasure trove was both wonderful and stress-inducing
  • The responsibility Shannon feels to the rest of her family to care for these documents correctly and share them
  • The importance of knowing why genealogy research (and anything else) is important to you
  • Some practical advice for dealing with these precious documents (keyword: checklist)
  • Creating a “good enough” standard to make source citations easier
  • Getting past the overwhelm of genealogy research
  • Janine’s “good enough” research log

Bonus! We get an update on Shannon’s morning routine at the end of the episode. She shares how her good enough attitude and the minimum standards she has set have helped her establish and stick with a great morning routine.

Comment from Shannon: Right after we recorded this episode, I purchased archival document boxes and folders and started sorting my documents into them. It was a perfect rainy day Sunday activity and I no longer feel overwhelmed!

Here’s a photo of her set up:

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Episode 19: Alexandra Franzen

This week, Shannon and Janine interview the amazing writer Alexandra Franzen, author of the upcoming novel So This Is the End: A Love Story. We’ve both had the opportunity to work with Alex and know her to be a talented, thinking individual, so we were thrilled when she accepted our invitation to be on the podcast.

Alexandra Franzen, author of the novel “So This Is the End: A Love Story” (release date October 15, 2018)

Alex offers all sorts of insights on things like perfectionism, good enough, confidence and the benefits of growing older (and she’s in her thirties). Her wit and wisdom enhance our ongoing discussion of perfectionism!

Discussion topics include:

  • How it can be easier to let go of perfectionism when you feel more confident in your abilities
  • How perfectionism made it hard for Alexandra to decide her novel was finished
  • The role of experience in allowing yourself to be good enough (more experience = less perfectionism)
  • Figuring out when something’s done
  • Setting personal criteria for what’s good enough (Spoiler alert: it’s empowering!)
  • Moving through life with a full cup (and watching it overflow)
  • Some of the enjoyable aspects of getting older
  • Alex’s parting question, “If you had 24 hours to live, what is just one thing that you’d absolutely want to do on that final day?”

Alex’s novel, So This Is the End: A Love Story, will be published in hardcover and Kindle editions on October 15 by Mango Press.

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Episode 18: Prioritizing

Setting priorities makes sure that we get important things done and don’t spend our time putting out fires or doing things that don’t contribute to our goals. In this episode, Shannon and Janine talk about various methods for prioritizing and how, once again, it all boils down to knowing what’s important to you.

Discussion topics include:

  • Various matrixes to help you prioritize
  • Making time for the important, not just the urgent (hint: it’s worthwhile to prioritize setting up systems that will eventually save you time)
  • Eating the frog
  • The birthday present Shannon gives to herself every March
  • A daily routine that helps you maintain your priorities but still go with the flow
  • Shannon’s progress toward creating a great morning routine that involves picking her top priority for the day
  • How knowing what’s important to you helps you do everything more easily
  • Prioritizing and budgeting (time and money)

Here are Janine’s quick sketches of the matrixes we talked about:

Want to/have to matrix

Urgent/important (Eisenhower) matrix

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