canstockphoto16180022 downloaded 3 January 2015It’s time to break out the chocolate cake or donuts or whatever form of reward you use to convince yourself to do an unpleasant task because this one is not pleasant!

Up to this point, you’ve been digging into all your previous research on your subject of interest. Hopefully, you’ve seen the benefit of doing that and found some new information in the process.

I bet you thought that with that done, it would all be fun and games from here on out (i.e. research!!!), but I have to give you one more “task.”

Write up your findings from your previous research. Hopefully, you’ve been writing up your findings all along. If you haven’t, it might be cumbersome, but this will help you mentally process and record what you have already discovered.

In days past, you might have done all our research and then written it up in one report. Today, you should be writing ALL the time!

So, how do you write it up? Remember back in Challenge #4 when your assignment was to create a Research Report Template? If not, See, Challenge #4: Create Research Templates.

Now, the question is, will you write one big all-inclusive report of all your findings from all your previous research, or break it down into specific areas?

If you’re like me, the task of creating one big report is sometimes overwhelming to the point I put it off… and put it off… and put it off.

The solution for me is to decide what it will take to get me to do it. I like bribes of food, pampering, entertainment, etc.

Figure out what reward will motivate you and make that your goal to propel you forward.

Break down your task into specific areas to begin with, such as write up the smaller reports. Then if you want you may hook it all together in one big report when you’re done.

The smaller reports may be grouped by record type, such as census, land, and probate, or if your subject lived in more than one location, you might break your reports into each specific location. You choose what works for you! For further ideas on writing as you go in small chunks, see my post “Ease Report Writing: Burn Research Logs.”

Now, what’s it going to take to get you to write those reports? I’d love to hear what you use to reward yourself!