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Weekly review: Week ending November 21, 2014

Wow, did I ever get a lot of sleep last week. Fortunately, I’ve been able to turn over all my responsibilities, and I’ve given myself permission to take it easy. I’m rarely under the weather like this, and it’s an interesting learning opportunity for dealing with variable energy and short attention spans. The blog has been coasting thanks to the posts that I wrote a week or two ago, but since I still do manage to learn something here and there, I’ll see how many posts I can squeeze in to remind me of stuff that I may want to think about later or that other people might find useful. =)

I still managed to do a little bit of consulting here and there, thanks to the wonders of working from home. =) This week, I discovered that recursive queries in PostgreSQL (WITH RECURSIVE) are actually a pretty fast way of traversing an organizational chart described as an adjacency list. I also wireframed a prototype so that one of the other developers can work on it, but she’ll probably need a little more help before she’s ready to take that on. I’m getting better at asking people to do things instead of giving into the temptation to have all the fun myself!

We’ll keep things loose. I’ll try to take notes along the way. =)

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Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (14.4h – 8%)
    • E1: Plan how I can work from home for the next few weeks
    • Read AngularJS documentation
    • Review bookkeeper feedback for tax return
    • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Earn (6.8h – 46% of Business)
    • Build (7.6h – 53% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.3h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (2.4h)
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (20.2h – 12%)
    • Work on E
    • Follow up on insurance paperwork
    • Work on E
  • Discretionary – Productive (2.6h – 1%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (15.6h – 9%)
  • Personal routines (26.8h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (4.8h – 2%)
  • Sleep (83.6h – 50% – average of 11.9 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending November 14, 2014

I’m going to be out of commission for the next little while, probably resurfacing sometime late December. I’ve scheduled lots of posts in advance (I learned a lot over the past two weeks!), so you’ll still keep reading stuff, but I might be even slower to respond to things and I’ll probably stay close to home. Nothing to worry about, just something I have to take care of. Good thing there’s enough slack in my life for stuff like this.

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Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (23.2h – 13%)
    • Earn (9.3h – 39% of Business)
      • E1: Plan how I can work from home for the next few weeks
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.4h – 36% of Business)
      • Set up faster searching with ace-jump, isearch, helm-swoop
      • Drawing (1.4h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.5h)
        • Review bookkeeper feedback for tax return
    • Connect (5.5h – 23% of Business)
      • Coach Lucas on programming
  • Relationships (16.4h – 9%)
    • Follow up on insurance paperwork
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.9h – 9%)
    • Emacs (0.3h – 0% of all)
    • Quantified Awesome
      • Add want interface for groceries
      • Fix edit screen
      • I can restore an item
      • I can clear all crossed-off items
      • I can see when it was last synchronized
      • Our lists are synchronized
    • ER for I2
    • Cancel GICs
    • File insurance claims
    • Find a Japanese plain past tense practice tool
    • Find a Tableau e-book and put it on my laptop/tablet
    • Find an e-book for learning Japanese and put it on my laptop & tablet
    • Go through a Jasmine tutorial
    • Go through a QUnit tutorial
    • Minna no Nihongo Chapter 13-16
    • Move my dentist appointment
    • Set up folder synchronization for my tablet
    • Write about beginner steps for testing
    • Writing (7.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (12.9h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (24.5h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (4.5h – 2%)
  • Sleep (70.7h – 42% – average of 10.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending November 7, 2014

This week was about getting back into the swing of several projects: Emacs, Japanese, Quantified Awesome and one of the personal projects I’m working on. Also, we picked up the LEGO Movie videogame, which is turning out to be lots of fun. =) I’m taking it pretty easy at the moment because there’s lots of stuff on the go.

… Oh. Now that I look at all the things I’ve crossed off, it deosn’t seem like I’ve been taking it easy. Funny how that works. Thank goodness for TODO lists!

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Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (38.5h – 22%)
    • Earn (15.3h – 39% of Business)
      • E1: Brainstorm prototypes I want to propose
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (20.5h – 53% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.9h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (2.8h)
        • Apply updates from bookkeeper
        • Send trial balance and general ledger to accountant
        • Sort out invoice/deposit thing
      • Plan business and delegation for this phase
      • Set up Guard again
      • Set up Skewer
    • Connect (2.8h – 7% of Business)
      • Plan for office hours
      • Process Quantified Self videos
  • Relationships (3.9h – 2%)
    • File insurance paperwork
    • Coach Lucas on programming
  • Discretionary – Productive (23.4h – 13%)
    • Emacs (5.6h – 3% of all)
      • Figure out how Michael’s smartparens is showing rainbow colours for the blocks
      • Get the hang of smartparens
      • Log editing inefficiencies, keep track of annoyances. Then you can go through them when you have time.
      • Organize Emacs Hangout
      • Pick a different keychord instead of hs for seeking to seconds, or maybe turn it on only when transcribing
      • Quick clocking in on a task, or jumping and clocking task
      • Quick way to capture little thing to experiment with in Emacs
      • Rebind other-window
      • Set up and get the hang of Skewer
      • Set up and get the hang of autocompletion
      • expand-region
    • Japanese
      • Added counters to my Anki decks
      • Find a good resources for learning about Japanese counters
      • Minna no Nihongo Chapter 10
      • Minna no Nihongo Chapter 11: Counters
      • Minna no Nihongo Chapter 12
      • Minna no Nihongo Chapter 13
    • Quantified Awesome
      • Fix login form
      • Fix pagination
      • Fix sparklines
      • I can give someone access to my grocery list
      • Make list entry closer to my design
      • Update to Rails 4.1
      • Upgrade localhost to next version of Ubuntu
      • Wireframe design for groceries
      • Work on Angular interface for grocery list
    • Other
      • Organize a journal section in my notes
      • Trim my organizer.org file
      • Split up book notes into individual files
    • Apply for passport
    • Ask two guarantors for passport
    • Get passport pictures
    • Move my dentist appointment
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Writing (6.8h)
  • Discretionary – Play (9.7h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (24.1h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (15.7h – 9%)
  • Sleep (53.9h – 32% – average of 7.7 per day)

Monthly review: October 2014

I wrote last month that in October, I was planning to:

  • Help with the last big milestone for my consulting client
  • Turn over all of my responsibilities and document things I’ve learned
  • Cook at the new Hacklab and explore more recipes at home
  • Do my corporate books: this year, I added dividends and HST quick method!

Big milestone successfully passed, hooray! There are still a few minor hiccups that the team’s working through, but that’s normal. In other news, I signed a new contract, and we have a new team member too. That means I don’t actually have to disappear abruptly, and I can gradually document and transfer what I know.

I’ve been having a lot of fun cooking at the new Hacklab. We invested a lot in kitting out the new kitchen, and that’s really paid off. It’s more comfortable cooking with all those tools and all that counter space. Whee! You can check out our notes in the public wiki.

I’m waiting to hear back from the bookkeeper I hired through oDesk before submitting my corporate tax return and my HST return this year, but even if I have to do it on my own, I feel reasonably confident about my numbers.

In November, I plan to:

Sketches:

  1. 2014.10.06 Sometimes – often – I don’t feel like making conversation
  2. 2014.10.11 Considering winter coats
  3. 2014.10.21 Exploring my current motives
  4. 2014.10.21 Reflecting on my primary motives
  5. 2014.10.22 On Hell Yeah and other approaches
  6. 2014.10.22 People who follow similar motivations well
  7. 2014.10.22 What kinds of activities do I want to fully enjoy
  8. 2014.10.22 What would I like to be able to do with sustained motivation
  9. 2014.10.31 How do I want to become a better developer
  10. 2014.10.31 What do I want from this phase of my experiment
  11. 2014.10.31 What do I want the rhythm to feel like

Weekly review: Week ending October 31, 2014

I signed a new consulting contract, so there’s going to be web development and social business consulting (analytics, etc.) in my near future. I’m planning to work fewer hours, though, so that should free up more time for writing, cooking, and other forms of improvement. =)

Along those lines, I’ve been investing time into improving my development tools and workflow. Yay Emacs! I think I’m getting the hang of working with skewer-mode now. expand-region is probably next on my list of things to get used to.

Next week, I’m looking forward to tweaking my workflow further, and sketching out some plans for the kind of functionality that might be good to build over the next year. We have a developer ramping up, so if I spend more time on the design phase for both prototypes and reporting, that should help her get going faster. I’m also looking forward to experimenting with Emacs hangouts and spending some time working on Quantified Awesome.

In other news, it snowed today in Toronto. Very light snow and still bike-able, but officially snow. And I also finished my first pass reading The Art of Slow Writing – plenty of notes to take from this book, I think. Onwards!

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Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (57.0h – 33%)
    • Earn (33.8h – 59% of Business)
      • E1: Update analytics
      • E1: Wrap up neatly
      • E1: Brainstorm prototypes I want to propose
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (19.3h – 33% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
        • Plan business and delegation for this phase
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • Hire accountant and assemble information
        • Send trial balance and general ledger to accountant
        • Sort out invoice/deposit thing
    • Connect (3.8h – 6% of Business)
      • Attend QS meetup
      • Prepare for Hacklab open house
      • Coach Lucas on programming
      • Organize Emacs Hangout
      • Process Quantified Self videos
  • Relationships (2.4h – 1%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (10.5h – 6%)
    • Emacs (7.4h – 4% of all)
      • Emacs: Evaluating Javascript and CSS in Chrome using Skewer Mode
      • Emacs: Limiting Magit status to a directory
      • How we keep (financial) score
      • Publishing WordPress thumbnail images using Emacs and Org2Blog
    • Quantified Awesome
      • Fix forms and bootstrap 3
      • Fix token authentication
      • I can add an item
      • I can organize items by aisle/category
      • Items have a price history
      • Start working on kitchen organizer
      • Update to Bootstrap 3
      • Upgrade Rails 3 to Rails 4
      • We can cross items off
      • Update to Rails 4.1
    • Bike to work
    • Get passport pictures
    • Draw a cat
    • Pick up exercise ladder again for three straight days
    • Writing (2.7h)
      • Organize a journal section in my notes
  • Discretionary – Play (6.6h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (21.7h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (12.4h – 7%)
  • Sleep (57.4h – 34% – average of 8.2 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending October 24, 2014

Wow! Surprising lot of things done this week. Went to Jade’s party, helped W- go shopping for a coat, baked lots of cupcakes for Hacklab’s relaunch, and dusted off the code for Quantified Awesome. =)

Next week, I’ll be wrapping up my main consulting gig, working on more code, and voting in Canada for the first time. Yay!

Blog posts

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Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (46.6h – 27%)
    • Earn (12.2h – 26% of Business)
      • E1: Attend celebrations
      • E1: Pick up pass
      • E1: Update analytics
      • E1: Wrap up neatly
    • Build (20.7h – 44% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.9h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
        • Interview potential accountant/bookkeeper
        • Hire accountant and assemble information
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (13.8h – 29% of Business)
      • Prepare for Hacklab open house
      • Attend QS meetup
  • Relationships (22.4h – 13%)
    • Attend Jade’s party
    • Get more kitchen things
    • Go to Thanksgiving thing
    • Help look for winter coat
    • Make egg tarts
    • Repackage spices in mason jars
  • Discretionary – Productive (1.9h – 1%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Buy winter coat
    • Complete Swirl assignment for getting and cleaning data
    • Work on Coursera R Programming assignment 2 and 3
    • Have massage
    • Quantified Awesome
      • I can organize items by aisle/category
      • Re-set-up dev environment for Quantified Awesome
      • Start working on kitchen organizer
      • Update to Bootstrap 3
      • Upgrade Rails 3 to Rails 4
      • We can cross items off
      • Fix forms and bootstrap 3
      • Fix token authentication
      • Update to Rails 4.1
    • Bike to work
    • Get passport pictures
    • Vote!
    • Writing (1.8h)
  • Discretionary – Play (7.3h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (15.7h – 9%)
  • Unpaid work (13.6h – 8%)
  • Sleep (60.5h – 36% – average of 8.6 per day)