Weekly review: Week ending June 22, 2012

Busy week, business-wise. I learned how to use Quickbooks Pro to set up my books, and now I’m having an accountant review them to set things up correctly and answer some of my questions. I also picked up Camtasia Studio 8, and I’ve been playing around with using that for screencasts. Both are cool, and I’m learning a lot.

W- ordered LEGO Batman 2, and it’s awesome. I’ve been balancing it with long walks and lots of writing, though, so it’s not a complete timesuck!

From last week’s plans


  • [X] Earn: E1: Community prototyping and remote training
  • [X] Earn: R1: I18n, invoice – invoice next week
  • [X] Connect: Meet with mentor
  • [X] Build: Post a job ad for Quickbooks help
  • [X] Build: Start copying highlights into Scrivener – copied into Sigil instead
  • [-] Build: Write guide for analyzing Tap Log CSVs – postponed
  • Build: Bought Quickbooks Pro and Camtasia Studio 8
  • Build: Set up my books
  • Build: Hired a bookkeeper/accountant/advisor
  • Build: Learned how to work with Camtasia Studio 8


  • [X] Paint chairs – didn’t need to paint mine
  • [-] Call friends – I’ve just been hanging out with W- lately… =)
  • [X] Take Neko to vet for checkup


  • [X] More writing
  • Chatted with John Wiegley about Emacs
  • Played Lego Batman 2, yay!

Plans for next week


  • [ ] Earn: E1: Community prototyping, in-person training
  • [ ] Earn: R1: I18n, invoice
  • [ ] Build: Edit more blog highlights; finish 2003
  • [ ] Build: Build a backlog of posts
  • [ ] Connect: Prepare Girl Geeks Dinner talk
  • [ ] Connect: Go to WordPress meetup
  • [ ] Connect: Go to torontob2b meetup


  • [ ] Cook a large batch of food
  • [ ] Get together with friends?


  • [ ] Play Lego Batman 2

Time notes

  • Business: 50:25 (E1 21:25, R1 6:51, connect 4:47)
  • Discretionary: 31:52 (writing 9:10, social 1:21, Emacs 8:49, LEGO Batman 3:15)
  • Personal: 23:51 (biking 7:51, routines 7:19)
  • Sleep: 51:00 (average 7.3 hours per day)
  • Unpaid work: 10:26

Hmm, my time use is actually pretty stable over weeks…

  • Sacha,

    I upgraded to Camtasia 8 on Friday and the new features look very exciting. I can’t wait to try it out and build some exciting screencasts.

    I am interested to read your “guide for analyzing Tap Log CSVs “. I think a lot of the power of Tap Log depends on how the categories are set up. You once gave me a tip to create buttons to “Clock In” to a specific task, then have a generic Clock Out button.

    Thanks for all your sharing on your blog.