Business: I’ve been in business for a quarter. By golly. This business thing is pretty cool. I rather enjoy doing contracts and cash flow projections – and the actual work, of course. I ended up focusing on client work for 179.4 hours, including the occasional Friday, because I wanted to help a friend. So May was less discretionary than I expected, but I plan to refocus in June and July. I want to make sure I’m learning how to think like a business owner, not just as a contractor or consultant.
Drawing: Looking back, it doesn’t feel like I did a lot of drawing, but I posted quite a few. I think it’s because I’ve been drawing based on presentations and events instead of sitting down and drawing things on my own time. I synchronized the images with my phone, though, and I had a virtual assistant type in all the text from my sketchnotes. I haven’t worked on book reviews at all, though!
Life: A full month of biking to work, too. Hooray! The weather has been mostly cooperative, although I’ve been caught out in the rain a few times. I like the bike ride. It gives me a little space to think.
Tracking: I analyzed our yield from Cooper’s Farm and started tracking grocery receipts. Looks like we have a long way to go in terms of getting more vegetables into our routines.
So far, so awesome!
May 2012 in blog posts:
- Monthly review: April 2012
- Weekly review: Week ending May 4, 2012
- Weekly review: Week ending May 11, 2012
- Weekly review: Week ending May 18, 2012
- Weekly review: Week ending May 25, 2012
Lots of planning:
- Learning more about what I want to learn
- Thinking about the next mini-experiment
- Responsive web, responsive life
- Planning my life
Lots of Emacs stuff:
- Maintaining a manual topical index for my blog using Emacs
- Taking stock of the way I take notes
- Where I am in terms of Emacs
- Org-mode and habits
- Optimism, happiness, and being young
- Looking forward to watching the Avengers
- Gardening with herbs and exercising the senses
- Decision review: Razor A5 Lux kick scooter
- Pizza pizza pizza pizza
- Decision review: Logitech H800 wireless headset
- Making polvoron
Started delegating again:
- Quantified Awesome: Analysis of the winter/spring season for the Cooper’s Farm community-supported agriculture program
- Getting Started with Quantified Self
- Quantified Awesome: Blogging, WPM, and the speed of reflection
I went to lots of events. You can tell from my sketchnotes:
- Sketchnotes: Marketing Automation, Jeffrey Yee (#torontob2b)
- Sketchnotes: Building a Social Enterprise – Andrew Jenkins (#torontob2b)
- Sketchnotes: Designing content so that it works – Carl Friesen (#torontob2b)
- Sketchnotes: Red Rocket Coffee, Toronto Public Library Small Business Network meetup
- Sketchnotes: The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
- Sketchnotes: Jeremiah Owyang @ Third Tuesday Toronto (#3TYYZ) on the Social Business Hierarchy of Needs
Some more drawing and thinking about drawing. I scanned and reviewed my old notebooks, too!
- Tweaking my introduction, focusing on sketchnotes
- Sketchnote workflow
- Visual metaphor: Danger
- Visual metaphors: Success
- Drawing studies
- Added new gallery views so that you can review sketchnotes easily
- Scanning my notebooks