Tools and tracking: Week ending June 28, 2013

Blog posts

Other things I learned this week

  • Geek
    • Rails: In respond_to or respond_with, you can use format.any to define a default response.
    • To restore just one database out of an all-database dump, use the -D and -o options: mysql -p -u root -D databasename -o < mysqldump-of-all-databases.sql
    • pwd -P shows you the physical location of your directory (no symlinks)
    • Creating an item-type entry in org-capture-templates is a great way to capture a quick note to include in my weekly review.
    • $wp_query->found_posts gives you the total number of posts returned by the query. I often find myself paging through a category to get a sense of how many items I’ve posted in it, so now I can easily get the number. (By golly, I’ve written more than 550+ posts about Emacs.)
  • Life
    • I can fit two laptops in one of my saddlebags, carefully clipping them in to minimize bouncing (esp. bouncing right out!). This means I don’t have to wear my backpack when biking to work in summer. Yay ventilation!
    • When biking in probable rain, slippers are easier to pack than rain boots. Rain boots take up a lot of space in saddlebags.
    • Quick-dry clothes are okay in the rain but they still take an hour or so to dry. If I’m wearing shorts but no rain pants, I should wear a poncho instead of a rain jacket.
    • Mouthwash is not particularly good at getting permanent marker stains out of carpets.
  • Oops, my post on coverage testing missed its schedule in WordPress Adding a link here anyway so that you can find it.

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (57.5h – 34%)
    • Earn (16.7h – 29% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Help with test
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [X] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [X] Sketchnote School4Civics
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
      • [ ] Follow up on overview
      • [ ] Sketch how to make a deputation
    • Build (34.3h – 59% of Business)
      • Quantified Awesome (24.3h)
        • [X] Figure out why sequences are breaking in cucumber + factorygirl
        • [X] Start working on goal interface
        • [X] Get code mostly covered by tests
        • ( ) Finish goal interface
      • Drawing (4.7h)
        • [X] Sketchnote a book
        • [X] [#C] Experiment with drawing on large sheet of paper
        • [ ] Sketchnote a book
      • Paperwork (0.5h)
        • [X] Set up electronic link between main account and savings account
        • [X] Activate ING Direct account
        • [ ] Figure out how to pay myself
      • Blog
        • [X] Change sidebar icons to be lighter-weight
        • [X] Update my bio
        • [X] Add post count to WordPress template
    • Connect (6.5h – 11% of Business)
      • [X] Discuss Nov 29 event
      • [X] Talk to Bastien Guerry about Emacs
      • [X] Talk to Soroush about sketchnoting
      • [X] Talk to Eric about business and marketing
      • [X] Meet Shelley Archibald – discuss Quantified Self
      • [X] Host visual thinking meetup
      • [ ] Talk to Eric and Joshua about Quantified Self workshops
      • [ ] Participate in #SKNTchat
      • [ ] Host LivingAnAwesomeLife.com virtual meetup/experiment
      • [ ] Document process experiment for Visual Thinking meetup
  • Relationships (9.1h – 5%)
    • [X] Back up and downsample all JPGs
    • [X] Pick up stuff at pharmacy
    • [X] Set up LastPass for Mom
    • [X] Check out lots of libraries on my bike
    • [X] Attend Eric’s moving party
    • [ ] Check out potential bike for J-
    • [ ] Make lots and lots of wontons while watching movies
    • [ ] Hang out with Morgan and Cathy
  • Discretionary – Productive (14.1h – 8%)
    • [X] Buy more short-sleeved office shirts
    • [X] Experiment with a new way to do the weekly review – by topic
    • [ ] Follow up with embassy regarding passport
    • Writing (6.4h)
  • Discretionary – Play (2.6h – 1%)
    • (X) Watched more episodes of Kung Fu
    • ( ) Read through my backlog
  • Personal routines (22.0h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (7.1h – 4%)
  • Sleep (55.7h – 33% – average of 8.0 per day)

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  • Tom Williams

    Hey!
    Is there a straightforward way in org mode to track time spent within the last week, as you do above, as opposed to the overall amount of time spent on a project? And to automatically calculate the percentages as you do above?

    Appologies if you’ve already detailed this info in a blog post; I’m just getting started with the whole org-mode-for-everything bit :)

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