October 16, 2011

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Passioneer survey (Submit your answers by Oct 18)

Many people struggle to name a single passion. Do you have several, or maybe too many to list? Kirsten (Good Ship Lifestyle) has put together a 19-question survey to explore demographics and interests for a potential Passioneer/Renaissance soul/polymath-type community. She’ll be tallying up results on October 18 (Wednesday), so if you want to participate, check it out here:

The Passioneer Survey

It looks like folks are trying to figure out what fields people work in, what interests might be good for a community / blog, other resources that might be useful, and some demographic information that might be useful for advertisers. Amusing oddity: the field selections are radio buttons, not checkboxes.

Questions that made me think before answering them:

  • What about your passions frustrates you on a regular basis?
  • If you could change anything about your life, what would it be?

Come to think of it, nothing about my passions really frustrates me, much less on a regular basis. Oh, there’s the usual quibble about the limitations of time and skill, but that’s okay. It’s okay to not have enough time for all the different things I want to do, because that forces me to identify the things that really matter to me. It’s okay to not have enough skill to do everything I want at the level I want, because learning is part of the experience. So there isn’t really anything I’d change about my life, except perhaps getting better at remembering, sharing, and delegating. I’m okay where I am, and it’ll get even better from here on.

What might grow out of this survey? I’m not really keen on joining Yet Another Social Network, but I wouldn’t mind some kind of directory where I can look up blogs or Twitter profiles by interest, and a blog aggregator might be convenient, too. I don’t want to hear a lot of pitches on how to convert my interests into income, although I’m sure other people would appreciate that. I get a lot of that through other channels already, as it’s one of those “how to make money on the Internet” staples. I’d like to read the personal blogs of people exploring deep interests and fascinating combinations. That would be worth some time and attention.

I’m curious about what you might share in terms of interesting resources and frustrations. Check out the survey, and stay tuned for results.

In addition to the survey, the blog post also has links to other blogs you might check out. Most of the blogs focus on personal development or coaching. Of the bunch, I like Strong Inside Out the most, because the personal touch lifts it above generic productivity advice.

Passioneer Survey

Weekly review: Weeks ending October 7 and October 14, 2011

We’ve just come back from a short trip to the Philippines (Oct 5 – Oct 15) where we celebrated my sister’s wedding. It was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see how life unfolds. W- and J- took practically all the pictures, so I’ll post them and stories from the trip as we get things sorted out.

From the other week’s plans

  • Work
    • [-] Tidy up more project T issues – partially complete, more work to be done next week
    • [X] Import data for project O
    • Filled out new computer form, yay! Looking
    • Found SME for prjoect T, briefed on project
  • Relationships
    • [X] Celebrate anniversary – dinner at Dr. Generosity
    • [X] Spend time with family
  • Life
    • [C] Delegate blog-checking to virtual assistant – Cancelled, not needed
    • [-] Add library pickup check – Not yet implemented
    • Added clothing analysis to home dashboard

Plans for next week

  • Work
    • [ ] Project T: Catch up on tasks, prepare for launch
    • [ ] Project O: Catch up on work, set up integration server
    • [ ] Project I: Follow up on SQL Server configuration
    • [ ] Pick up new computer, replacement badge?
  • Relationships
    • [ ] Help J catch up with school
    • [ ] Share stories from trip
    • [ ] Catch up with laundry
    • [ ] Catch up with blog comments and email
    • [ ] Go to Quantified Self Toronto meetup (Friday)
    • [ ] Go to secondary schol info night
  • Life
    • [ ] Take it (relatively) easy

Time analysis

Vacation threw my schedule out of whack, in the best way possible. Timezones confused my time-tracking thing, too. So, no pretty graphs this week!

Jet-lag assisted days, once things settled down:

Day Woke up Slept Waking hours Slept
2011-10-07 5:44 AM 11:23 PM 17.65 6.35
2011-10-08 7:30 AM 7:30 PM 13.43 10.57
2011-10-09 6:46 AM 11:42 PM 16.93 7.07
2011-10-10 7:48 AM 11:52 PM 16.07 7.93
2011-10-11 5:32 AM 9:36 PM 16.07 7.93
2011-10-12 7:50 AM 9:59 PM 14.15 9.85
2011-10-13 7:31 AM 9:36 PM 14.08 9.92
2011-10-14 7:57 AM 11:13 PM 15.27 8.73