This is probably the best and most effective time management research technique when it comes to genealogy. Tell yourself, and anyone else in your life who is affected by your hobby, that you will only spend a certain amount of time that day on research. Make this declaration before you start research for the day. It can be any amount of time you deem reasonable, or that you and your spouse or other loved one agree upon.
Then, use either an egg timer or the alarm clock feature on your smartphone to set an alarm for that amount of time. Don’t set it until you actually start researching, and make sure it is clear that transportation time to and from research facilities doesn’t count. Then, no matter how hard it may be, make yourself stop and get back to the other things and people in your life when the alarm goes off. You can always do more research another day.
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