I wrote that in December, I planned to:
- Continue helping my consulting client with prototyping and analytics: I updated our Tableau reports, and I’ve been turning over more prototyping to the new developer. Yay!
- Dive into Emacs improvement: Didn’t get to do as much of this as I liked, but I was happy to see that @rubikitch has started a daily Emacs tip series. It’s in Japanese, but Google Translate will get you most of the way there.
- Help out with family projects: This is mostly what our vacation’s been like. Awesome!
- Do a calendar-year annual review: Yup, done. Although I really should put this in January’s plan anyway, since I like waiting for the numbers from Quantified Awesome…
I’m mostly normal again in terms of sleep and energy, but I’d like to get back into exercise.
In January, I plan to:
- Set up a rhythm of monthly Emacs hangouts and Emacs chats
- Shift my finances around a bit so that I’m more relaxed
- Sort out some small snags with consulting
- Get the exercise ladder habit going again. Sure, I know it might get disrupted, but the important part is to keep starting.
- Make little improvements around the house, so it doesn’t end up waiting for vacations
- Emacs Hangout #3: Emacs can read your mind
- Recording from Emacs Hangout #2
- Emacs Chat: Karl Voit Karl Voit talks about Org Mode, Memacs, Lazyblorg, Yasnippet, and other cool Emacs things.
- Emacs configuration and use-package
- Emacs: M-y as helm-show-kill-ring
- Emacs kaizen: ace-jump-zap lets you use C-u to zap to any character Quick Emacs tip for using ace-jump-zap-to-char-dwim or ace-jump-zap-up-to-char-dwim for deleting characters up to a specified character anywhere on your screen
- Org Mode publishing workflow for Sketched Books collection
- Improving how I organize notes with Org Mode I describe how I organize my Org Mode files, and I think about using tags and links to organize my Org Mode files more effectively.
- Learning slack
- Relaxed routines Where I tell people it’s okay to have a relaxed, not-crammed-to-the-gills schedule, and I extol the benefits of slowing down and taking notes
- When you feel like you’re spending a lot of time on low-impact activities Embracing your constraints, laying the groundwork for action, acting in tune with yourself, and accumulating gradual progress can help you keep moving forward even if it feels like you’re taking such tiny steps.
- Building a better time machine
- Connecting to previous thoughts and covering more ground
- Making personal blogs useful for other people too Looking for a middle ground between dry advice and personal journals, using the metaphor of travel guides and photo albums. A travelogue might be a good metaphor.
- Start your titles with a verb to make them stronger; or reflections on titles, filler phrases, and my life as a gerund Self-directed and other-directed posts in terms of titles (vague gerunds versus clear, concrete verbs); thinking about better titles and post structures
- Sketched books
- 2014.12.01 Colouring inspiration guide – drawing – Blogged
- 2014.12.01 The Inner Game of Work – W Timothy Gallwey – Blogged
- 2014.12.04 Sketchnote Army Interview – Sacha Chua – Blogged
- 2014.12.10 Sketched Book – The Stoic Art of Living – Inner Resilience and Outer Results – Tom Morris – Blogged
- 2014.12.11 What is good for me to do when – Blogged
- 2014.12.12 Sketched Book – Just Fucking Ship – Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman – Blogged
- 2014.12.13 Sketched Book – Start With Why – Simon Sinek
- 2014.12.14 Sketched Book – Write Faster Write Better – David A Fryxell – Blogged
- 2014.12.25 Sketched Book – Take Charge of Your Talent – Three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life – Don Maruska and Jay Perry – Blogged
- 2014.12.31 Sketched Book – The Checklist Manifesto – How to Get Things Right – Atul Gawande – Blogged