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Weekly review: Week ending February 20, 2015

Wow, that was actually a pretty full week: an extended family dinner that required dressing up, technical issues with my work laptop and with my cellphone, cooking, dusting off my sewing things, meeting people, contributing to code… This week, I have a couple of social and family things planned. I’m looking forward to digging into sewing a little more, too, so that I can practise while I remember. =)

2015-02-23b Week ending 2015-02-20 -- index card #weekly

2015-02-23b Week ending 2015-02-20 – index card #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

Definitely slowed down when I changed my target from five cards a day to one card.

Link round-up

output

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (24.0h – 14%)
    • Earn (10.5h – 43% of Business)
    • Build (11.6h – 48% of Business)
      • Drawing (8.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.6h)
        • Upload to Createspace
      • Paperwork (0.1h)
        • File federal annual return
      • Figure out why library isn’t renewing
      • Fix color detection
      • Fix e-mail relay
    • Connect (1.9h – 7% of Business)
      • Talk to SAP about Quantified Self
      • Attend Sketchnote Hangout
  • Relationships (19.1h – 11%)
    • Help Sean with Emacs
    • Organize get-together with Linda
    • Print tickets
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.2h – 7%)
    • Emacs (6.2h – 3% of all)
      • Host Emacs Hangout
      • Look into bounty for code coverage
      • Set up engines for searching
      • Revise transcript for Magnar Sveen
      • Integrate journal with review
    • Read chapter 3 of Intermediate Japanese
    • Back to sewing!
      • Print out Colette pattern
      • Find 1.5 yards in stash
      • Choose additional fabrics for Sorbetto top
    • Buy Moto G from Staples
      • Set up new phone
    • Read chapter 4 of Intermediate Japanese
    • Review Createspace
    • Investigate Powershell
    • Writing (3.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (2.8h – 1%)
    • Read synopsis for Die Walkure, watch it
  • Personal routines (35.8h – 21%)
  • Unpaid work (13.5h – 8%)
  • Sleep (59.6h – 35% – average of 8.5 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 13, 2015

This week was about trying to get the hang of shopping. I find shopping to be a frustrating process, but I think that’s something I can tweak about myself. We were scrambling to get everything in order for a formal-ish dinner at a banquet hall with extended family. My office attire (slacks, a blazer, and a dress shirt) worked fine, but the exercise prompted me to think about my wardrobe and choosing clothes more deliberately.

My work laptop crashed, so that took a bite out of my productivity. I’ll check next week to see if they’ve gotten it sorted out. I used a loaner laptop to get a few more things done, but it would be good to set everything up properly again.

This coming week: hosting an Emacs Hangout, baking for the Repair Cafe to be held at Hacklab, attending a Sketchnote Hangout, and going to a networking event. Lots of talking to people, so I’ll try to have lots of quiet time as well.

output

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (33.2h – 19%)
    • Earn (10.7h – 32% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (18.7h – 56% of Business)
      • Drawing (12.9h)
      • Delegation (0.1h)
      • Packaging (0.2h)
      • Paperwork (0.8h)
    • Connect (3.8h – 11% of Business)
    • Revisit Google login thing
    • Quantified Awesome: Fix Google login again
  • Relationships (6.6h – 3%)
    • Have lunch with Gabriel
    • Call my mom and wish her happy birthday
    • Check on @mattl’s upcoming visit to Toronto
    • Book haircut
    • Try online shopping
    • Help W- with ntp
  • Discretionary – Productive (23.7h – 14%)
    • Emacs (15.0h – 8% of all)
      • Figure out a neat way to backdate Org clock entries consistently
      • Fix Emacs init errors
      • Refine Emacs code for working with questions
      • Explore Hydra
      • Make something that automatically cross-references sketches with blog posts
      • Make dired action for processing marked files
      • Create Emacs conference thing
      • Help Sean with Emacs
      • Chat with Yi about Emacs
      • Set up my Vagrant to send mail through Gmail
      • Try to get Gnus to send mail again on Windows
      • Try out org-gcal
    • Review Zettelkasten research
    • Scan my sewing pattern catalog
    • Consider pants
    • Upload to Gumroad
    • Read chapter 3 of Intermediate Japanese
    • Make cover for Createspace
    • Upload to Createspace
    • Start git directory for drafts
    • Writing (5.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (7.1h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (21.0h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (20.6h – 12%)
  • Sleep (55.8h – 33% – average of 8.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 6, 2015

This week, I experimented with treating consulting as a dessert to encourage me to make decent progress on my personal projects. Mixed results. I learned a lot about continuous integration and code coverage reporting in Emacs (yay!), created my own Helm sources, and improved my index card workflow, but the setup made it easy to give in to the temptation of working on other people’s stuff instead of sitting with my own resistance. Still, I did a good job with those consulting hours, building a couple of interesting prototypes and reports.

My digital workflow for drawing and filing index cards is getting better and better, though. =) I used the Emacs widget library for the first time, and I can’t wait to build more of these little interfaces to make my life easier. Whee!

Didn’t cook last weekend because the fridge had lots of leftovers, so pickings were a little slim this week (what with the snowstorm, too). Looking forward to getting back to a regular routine of cooking this week, maybe even doing bulgogi with a bunch of side dishes. =)

2015-02-07 Week ending 2015-02-06 -- index card #weekly

2015-02-07 Week ending 2015-02-06 – index card #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2015.01.31 Clearing my fabric stash – index card #tidying #decluttering
  2. 2015.01.31 Digital index card trade-offs – index card #drawing
  3. 2015.01.31 Most of my questions are ‘How can I…’ – index card #learning #question
  4. 2015.01.31 What’s worth remembering – index card #memory
  5. 2015.01.31 When I don’t really like talking, and what I might be able to do about it – index card #connecting #introvert
  6. 2015.02.01 Accelerating my learning – index card #learning #accelerating
  7. 2015.02.01 Accelerating the Emacs community – index card #accelerating #emacs
  8. 2015.02.01 Digital piles of index cards – index card #indexing #organization #pkm
  9. 2015.02.01 Index card sketches and monthly reviews – index card #organization #pkm #indexing
  10. 2015.02.01 January 2015 – index card #monthly #review
  11. 2015.02.02 Core areas – index card #life #priorities #values #goals
  12. 2015.02.02 Imagining an Emacs conference – index card #emacs #conference #plans #organizing-people
  13. 2015.02.02 Making a virtual Emacs conference happen – index card #emacs #organizing-people #conference #planning #questions
  14. 2015.02.02 Plain text – index card #data #organization #pkm #org
  15. 2015.02.02 What if I use the lure of work to help me grow – index card #consulting #experiment
  16. 2015.02.03 Benefits of sharing my index cards – index card #sharing #drawing
  17. 2015.02.03 Better Emacs Testing – index card #testing #emacs
  18. 2015.02.03 Delegation and dreaming small dreams – index card #delegation
  19. 2015.02.03 Getting better at imagining – index card #planning
  20. 2015.02.03 Scooped – index card #writing #sharing
  21. 2015.02.03 Tree view, forest view – index card #org #pkm #tasks
  22. 2015.02.03 What kinds of personal knowledge do I want to manage – index card #pkm
  23. 2015.02.03 Why map what you’re learning – index card #mapping #learning
  24. 2015.02.04 Digital index cards are working well – index card #drawing #digital
  25. 2015.02.04 Improving my Org clocking workflow – index card #org
  26. 2015.02.04 Shrinking my Learn-Do-Share cycle – index card #sharing #learning
  27. 2015.02.04 Yay, passport – index card #canada #travel #paperwork
  28. 2015.02.04 Yay, testing in Emacs – index card #testing #emacs
  29. 2015.02.05 Biscotti – index card #cooking #baking
  30. 2015.02.05 How can I make Thursdays more like other days – index card #experiment
  31. 2015.02.05 How can I organize my questions – and why – index card #questions #organization #pkm
  32. 2015.02.05 How can non-profits regularly reach out to people over social media – index card #social #social-media #connecting
  33. 2015.02.05 If consulting is dessert, what are my vegetables – index card #consulting #experiment #balance
  34. 2015.02.06 How can I brainstorm and organize questions in order to speed up my writing and drawing – index card #thinking #questions #pkm #acceleration
  35. 2015.02.06 How can I more regularly add entries to my private journal – index card #drawing #habit #journal
  36. 2015.02.06 What activities would I like to share with friends – index card #connecting #friends
  37. 2015.02.06 What if I made myself take someone out to lunch or coffee every month – index card #connecting #friends
  38. 2015.02.06 What kind of coaching do I like to give – index card #coaching #teaching
  39. 2015.02.06 What would my ideal question-thinking workflow be like – index card #learning #questions #thinking

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (42.1h – 25%)
    • Earn (20.3h – 48% of Business)
      • Prepare invoice
      • Work on reports
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (20.6h – 48% of Business)
      • Drawing (11.1h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (2.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.3h)
        • File payroll return
      • Flesh out plan
      • Change my set-descriptions.js to be able to use any blog URLs (archive page, future post, etc.)
      • Pass theme check required changes
      • Set up coveralls for Quantified Awesome
    • Connect (1.1h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.9h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (23.8h – 14%)
    • Emacs (14.6h – 8% of all)
      • Get travis going
      • Learn about Emacs testing
      • Fix my config after some weird error
      • Get Cask working
      • Set up Coveralls
      • Add a test to f.el
      • Get Travis emacs23 back on
      • Write tests for one of Steve Purcell’s packages
      • Write tests for one of abo-abo’s packages
      • Set up shortcuts for jumping with refile
      • Think about unconference infrastructure for Emacs
      • Help Sean
      • Measure performance of init
      • Finish Avdi’s transcript
      • Check on @mattl’s upcoming visit to Toronto
    • Organize questions
    • Identify index-card-sized questions
    • Consider skill tree
    • Read chapter 3
    • Writing (8.3h)
      • Start git directory for big drafts
  • Discretionary – Play (1.9h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (23.8h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (9.2h – 5%)
  • Sleep (61.4h – 37% – average of 8.8 per day)

Monthly review: January 2015

2015-02-01 January 2015 -- index card #monthly #review
2015-02-01 January 2015 – index card #monthly #review

Last month, I wrote that in January, I planned to:

  • Set up a rhythm of monthly Emacs hangouts and Emacs chats: Scheduled a few more
  • Shift my finances around a bit so that I’m more relaxed: Refilled, yay!
  • Sort out some small snags with consulting: Smoothed out
  • Get the exercise ladder habit going again: Associating microwaving with exercising is a small start.
  • Make little improvements around the house, so it doesn’t end up waiting for vacations: W- has been doing most of this, so I’ve been focusing on cooking instead.

It was a good month for thinking about questions and goals. Eric’s update on his Quest of Awesome at the Quantified Self Toronto meetup inspired me to list accomplishments, goals, and questions, and I’m gradually making sense of those things.

I’ve been relaxing my self-imposed one-post-a-day limit, since there’s so much I want to write about and I’ve built up quite a backlog. I need to think about how to keep this manageable. Sometimes I really like having posts scheduled but not posted, since that allows me to update them when I find little bugs in the code or opportunities to improve. On the other hand, there’s something to be said about faster feedback cycles. Hmm.

At work, I’ve learned a lot about using Tableau for recursive queries, dashboard actions, and filters. Level up! Speaking of data and analytics, my self-tracking got mentioned in the Toronto Star.

Focusing on Emacs microhabits has been paying off nicely. I’m still not as fluent as I’d like to be in terms of abbreviations and window-switching, but I’m better at them than before. I’ll continue working on those habits in February, and maybe I’ll delve into Helm too. I’ve also been writing little Node and Emacs Lisp scripts to automate parts of my workflow, which makes me happy.

In February, I’m looking forward to:

  • Preparing for some projects
  • Hosting another Emacs Hangout
  • Learning more about Helm (in Emacs)

I’m experimenting with a combined outline that includes my blog posts and sketches so that things are logically grouped. Since I have lots of sketches, I’ve skipped the ones that have already been included in blog posts. Sketches are the ones that start with the date, and blog posts have regular titles. Might be useful, might be noisy, but I won’t know until I try. =) Here’s what I wrote and drew this month:

Weekly review: Week ending January 30, 2015

This week was the week of focusing on vegetables. I made Japanese curry with a pickled salad on the side (daikon, cucumber, carrot), shepherd’s pie, and pad thai. It was great to have so many vegetable-focused dishes in the fridge. Looking forward to exploring more recipes and building up this habit!

Blog posts

  1. Weekly review: Week ending January 23, 2015
  2. Filling in the occupational blanks
  3. Sketchnote Hangout: Playing with colour
  4. Emacs kaizen: helm-swoop and editing
  5. Writing: Open loops, closed loops, and working with forgetfulness
  6. Emacs microhabit: Switching windows with windmove, ace-window, and ace-jump
  7. Read business books more effectively through application, visualization, or reviews
  8. Learning to work on my own things
  9. Getting data from Org Mode tables
  10. Finding a model for my sharing

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (33.3h – 19%)
    • Deposit cheque
    • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Earn (7.1h – 21% of Business)
    • Build (15.2h – 45% of Business)
      • Drawing (13.7h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.7h)
      • Look into recently uploaded images
    • Connect (10.9h – 32% of Business)
      • Talk to Srid
  • Relationships (5.9h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.3h – 9%)
    • Emacs (5.7h – 3% of all)
      • Improve my mail handling
      • Make graphviz easier with Emacs Lisp
      • Try out Tern
      • Help Sean
      • Make a montage of selected sketches based on their filenames
      • Change my set-descriptions.js to be able to use any blog URLs (archive page, future post, etc.)
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Reflect on asking questions
    • Apply for passport
    • Invest in bonds in TFSA
    • Process a 10lb bag of potatoes
    • Type in goals
    • Read Intermediate Japanese – chapter 1
    • Read chapter 2
    • Write about open loops
    • Collect words and examples from tweets about Emacs
    • Read chapter 3
    • Writing (5.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (3.0h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (31.6h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (20.3h – 12%)
  • Sleep (58.6h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 23, 2015

I posted nine blog posts this week, relaxing that once-a-day bottleneck that I’ve been using for the past few years. Mainly, it’s because I want to talk about Emacs more than once a week while still keeping lots of variety so that I can talk about non-tech topics too. Daily readers: Is the volume unmanageable? How can I make this better for you?

On my consulting gig, I leveled up in terms of using Tableau. I think I’ve gotten the hang of dashboard actions now, and I’m more comfortable using calculated fields for attributes and aggregates. Whee!

This has been a good week for planning ahead and learning from others. The Quantified Self Toronto meetup on Monday got me thinking about an Epic Quest of Awesome, and that spun off a long, thoughtful conversation about questions. I’m looking forward to fleshing that out a bit more over the next few weeks.

Oh, and I finally applied for my passport, picked up my Cultural Access Pass, and took care of a number of other errands. Have day pass, will Get Stuff Done.

The Emacs microhabit I’m going to focus on this week is selecting multiple things in Helm, since that’s one of its key features. =)

Blog posts

  1. Weekly review: Week ending January 16, 2015
  2. Minimizing upward or downward skew in your sketchnotes
  3. Improving my evil plans for Emacs
  4. Breaking down the skill of outlining
  5. Developing Emacs micro-habits: Abbreviations and templates
  6. Move your goalposts to get around an inability to finish projects How redefining your projects can help you satisfy a novelty-seeking brain, and how you can deal with interests or experiments that don’t have clear ends
  7. Emacs Chat with Steve Purcell
  8. Visualizing the internal citation network of my blog
  9. Filling in the occupational blanks

Sketches

  1. 2015.01.17 Evening tweaks – index card #routines
  2. 2015.01.17 My Evil Plans for Emacs are yielding results – index card #emacs #sharing
  3. 2015.01.17 Playing with the index card format – index card #drawing
  4. 2015.01.17 Thoughts from Sketchnote Hangout – colour – index card #color #drawing
  5. 2015.01.17 Weekend routines – index card #life #routines
  6. 2015.01.18 Digging into my thoughts about emptying one’s cup – #emacs #writing
  7. 2015.01.18 Emacs microhabit – Switching windows – index card #emacs #microhabit
  8. 2015.01.18 Journey to Emacs – Beginnings – index card #emacs #beginner
  9. 2015.01.18 Journey to Emacs – stages – index card #emacs
  10. 2015.01.18 Narratives – index card #storytelling #perspective
  11. 2015.01.18 The Sense of Style – index card #book #writing
  12. 2015.01.18 Thinking about evil-mode and Emacs – index card #emacs
  13. 2015.01.19 A good way to track writing revisions – index card #editing #tech
  14. 2015.01.19 Deeper outlines – index card #writing
  15. 2015.01.19 How can I get better at research – index card #learning
  16. 2015.01.19 Imagining an editing experiment – index card #delegation #writing #editing
  17. 2015.01.19 Improving my sharing – index card #writing #sharing
  18. 2015.01.19 Quantified Self Toronto – epic quests, kids, stopwatches, art projects
  19. 2015.01.20 Asking better questions – index card #asking
  20. 2015.01.20 Skill trees – asking questions – index card #skill
  21. 2015.01.20 Skill trees – web – index card #skill #coding
  22. 2015.01.20 Skill trees – writing – index card #skill
  23. 2015.01.20 What do I want from this quest list and skill tree visualization – index card
  24. 2015.01.21 Goal strategies – index card #popular-goals
  25. 2015.01.21 Playing with popular goals – Happiness – index card #popular-goals
  26. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Fame – index card #popular-goals
  27. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Health – index card #popular-goals
  28. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Knowledge or experience – index card #popular-goals
  29. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Meaning – index card #popular-goals
  30. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Power – index card #popular-goals
  31. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Wealth – index card #popular-goals
  32. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – tranquility, equanimity – index card #popular-goals
  33. 2015.01.21 What if I tried on common goals – index card #popular-goals
  34. 2015.01.22 Book – Leading the Life You Want – Friedman 2014 – index card #book
  35. 2015.01.22 Buffet of other goals – index card #goals
  36. 2015.01.22 Goals and skills – index card #goals
  37. 2015.01.22 Imagining a good quest or skill discussion – index card #goals #conversation
  38. 2015.01.22 Thesis projects for 2015 – ideas – index card #sharing #plans
  39. 2015.01.23 Book – Leaving a Trace – Alexandra Johnson – index card #writing #book
  40. 2015.01.23 Passport – mail or pickup – index card #decision
  41. 2015.01.23 Rough notes on goals and questions – for follow up – index card #rough #notes
  42. 2015.01.23 Tech upgrade triggers – index card #decision
  43. 2015.01.23 What would help me enjoy travel – index card

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (40.9h – 24%)
    • Earn (9.3h – 22% of Business)
      • Deposit cheque
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (18.2h – 44% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.1h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.8h)
      • Fix cucumber for travis
      • Look into recently uploaded images
    • Connect (13.3h – 32% of Business)
      • Go to Quantified Self Toronto meetup
      • Post Quantified Self notes
      • Check out Sketchnote Hangout
      • Check out #lrnbook
  • Relationships (3.7h – 2%)
    • Call pharmacy
  • Discretionary – Productive (21.0h – 12%)
    • Emacs (5.9h – 3% of all)
      • Have Emacs Chat with Steve Purcell
      • Move my text-scale-increase binding
      • Check out speed-type
      • Figure out how to make pivot tables in Org
      • Figure out how to define abbreviations in Org Mode
      • Revise transcript for Steve Purcell
      • Look at Yasnippet doc TODOs
      • Try out Tern
    • Apply for passport – State “WAITING” from “STARTED” [2015-01-16 Fri 15:51]
    • Redeposit into TFSA
    • Invest in bonds in TFSA
    • Analyze index cards so far
    • Make Epic Quest of Awesome sheet
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Reflect on asking questions
    • Apply for passport
    • Type in goals
    • Brainstorm ideas for final project
    • Start git directory for drafts
    • Writing (8.1h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.6h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (22.8h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (14.7h – 8%)
  • Sleep (58.3h – 34% – average of 8.3 per day)