Weekly review: Week ending January 24, 2014

I’m almost two years into my 5-year experiment, and I’m starting to realize that self-direction is difficult, interesting, and well worth learning. I most likely have the space I need–more than the space, I need, actually–to explore this, so I should do that instead of getting distracted by the satisfaction and immediate feedback of working on other people’s goals. So I’ve been cutting back on consulting and ramping up delegation (to retroactively buy back my time), but I still have a lot to figure out. Philosophy seems to be a good place to start learning about liberal arts versus servile arts, and other things.

In other news: I got 20/20 on my citizenship test, hooray! However, my lost passport means that the application needs to be manually reviewed, and my travel records will need to be requested from the border agency. That’s okay. I can wait.

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.01.18 Reflecting on the Helpouts experiment so far
  2. 2014.01.20 How could I get more out of my sharing v2
  3. 2014.01.20 If I were a master of delegation
  4. 2014.01.20 What do I want to be more intentional about learning
  5. 2014.01.21 Breadth and depth in reading
  6. 2014.01.21 Understanding more about how I learn and share
  7. 2014.01.22 Mapping what I’m learning – update
  8. 2014.01.22 Quantified Self Toronto – Sugar, Black Box, Photo Metadata, QS Sandbox, Data Theatre
  9. 2014.01.22 Recognizing potential fears
  10. 2014.01.22 Taking a closer look at the impostor syndrome
  11. 2014.01.22 Then what is blogging’s place in my life
  12. 2014.01.22 What do I look for when I read – What are my goals
  13. 2014.01.22 What kinds of books suit me well
  14. 2014.01.22 Work and its place in my life
  15. 2014.01.23 Exploring negative feelings
  16. 2014.01.23 Mapping a path to understanding Stoicism
  17. 2014.01.23 What’s challenging or different about self-directed learning
  18. 2014.01.24 A path toward improving my writing and sharing
  19. 2014.01.24 A path toward learning from people
  20. 2014.01.24 How can I do work that’s more useful to myself and others
  21. 2014.01.24 What do I look for in blog posts
  22. 2014.01.24 Which parts of my writing process have I thought a lot about

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (47.8h – 28%)
    • Earn (14.1h – 29% of Business)
      • [X] E2: Add some white boxes for script 1
      • [X] E2: Redraw trailer for script 1
      • [X] Earn: E1: Consulting
      • [ ] E2: Draw TODOs for script 3
      • [ ] E2: Resync trailer for script 1
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (24.8h – 51% of Business)
      • [X] Build: Draw headers for my mailing lists
      • [X] Build: Switch Mailchimp mailing lists to use straight blog feeds instead
      • [X] Build: Switch website to use straight blog feeds
      • [X] Fix mailing list subject lines
      • [X] Replace sidebar mailing list subscription
      • [ ] Build: Fill pipeline with other delegatable tasks
      • [ ] Build: Rethink website design (esp. responsiveness)
      • Quantified Awesome (4.5h)
      • Drawing (12.3h)
        • [ ] Draw the next step for Emacs-related sketches
      • Paperwork (1.1h)
    • Connect (9.0h – 18% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat about writing
      • [X] Connect: Get in touch with people regarding Helpouts
      • [X] Connect: Go to Quantified Self meetup
      • [X] Connect: Help Joel find computer
      • [ ] Connect: Attend Visual Thinkers meetup
      • [ ] Connect: Chat about blogging
      • [ ] Connect: Handle lots of Helpouts
      • [ ] Connect: Talk to Ramon regarding coaching
  • Relationships (1.9h – 1%)
    • [ ] Chat with Mel
    • [ ] Attend party
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.3h – 9%)
    • [X] Prepare photocopies and documents needed for citizenship exam
    • [X] Study for citizenship exam
    • [X] Take citizenship exam
    • [X] trip home
    • [ ] Listen to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
    • [ ] Reflect on life without deadlines
    • Writing (8.2h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.5h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (17.5h – 10%)
  • Unpaid work (16.6h – 9%)
  • Sleep (61.5h – 36% – average of 8.8 per day)