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Weekly review: Week ending September 26, 2014

The big project I was focusing on worked out really well. Long days definitely paid off! =) I had fun using AngularJS and AutoHotkey to make something cool and useful.

Also, Hacklab has now moved to its new location, hooray! Looking forward to learning and exploring more, especially once my consulting gig winds down. We made minestrone for the last open house at Hacklab, and I helped pack things and assemble furniture. All this moving is prompting us to also redecorate a little at home. I swapped out my bedside bookcase for a lower table, and we moved the standing desk downstairs. Now we’re varnishing my bedside table and assorted shelves.

The minestrone was yummy, so I made it again at home. Mmm. Plans for this week: beef curry, basa fillets, pesto. Yay cooking! Happy to be eating (and making!) home-cooke meals. Our routines are slowly going back to normal! =)

Timesink: W- introduced me to this space-based adventure game called Out There. I finished one ending, but the other ones are hard! At least W- and I can compare notes about our misadventures…

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Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (68.2h – 40%)
    • Earn (50.8h – 74% of Business)
      • E1: Deliver big project, yay!
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • Now back to normal
    • Build (3.9h – 5% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.2h)
        • Consider paying myself dividends
        • Inquire about conversion of business assets to personal use
    • Connect (13.5h – 19% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.8h – 2%)
    • Get rid of more stuff, clean up spaces
    • Varnish bedside table
  • Discretionary – Productive (1.1h – 0%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Deposit cheque
    • Pay Mastercard
    • Reflash tablet
    • Transfer some more into TFSA
    • Apply for passport
    • Ask two guarantors for passport
    • Get passport pictures
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Writing (1.1h)
  • Discretionary – Play (3.9h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (18.2h – 10%)
  • Unpaid work (11.0h – 6%)
  • Sleep (60.7h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending September 19, 2014

Lots of work getting ready for a big event. =) Surprisingly still managed to get a lot of sleep, at the cost of giving up other discretionary activities. But it’s for a good cause, and it’s temporary anyway.

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

Wow, almost 60 hours of consulting. And lots of sleep, actually – 9.3 hours on average, with a 13-hour stretch on one of those days. Intense thinking makes my brain tired. =) Hardly any discretionary time, but that’s okay; sprint, not marathon. More delivered food than I’ve had the rest of the year, I think. So this is what my schedule looks like when I pare it down to the essentials so that I can focus on work…

  • Business (62.3h – 37%)
    • E1: Prepare for stuff
    • Earn: E1: Big event
    • Earn (57.5h – 92% of Business)
    • Build (3.4h – 5% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.9h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.1h)
      • Paperwork (1.4h)
    • Connect (1.3h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.6h – 2%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (2.8h – 1%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Pay Mastercard
    • Writing (1.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (1.0h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (20.6h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (11.3h – 6%)
  • Sleep (65.4h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending September 12, 2014

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather, so I’ve been taking it easy in order to not jeopardize a few important things coming up. W- is in crunch mode too. Result: the occasional pizza or takeout dinner for J-, which is okay for now because we’ll get back into the swing of cooking later on.

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (64.8h – 38%)
    • Earn (40.0h – 61% of Business)
      • E1: Work on poll improvements
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (5.9h – 9% of Business)
      • Upgrade webserver
      • Uprade WordPress to 4.0
      • Drawing (1.6h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (2.2h)
        • Check on Brock Health claim
        • Order TurboTax
    • Connect (18.9h – 29% of Business)
      • Help with Helpouts
      • Send Helpouts messages
  • Relationships (5.8h – 3%)
    • Help with Hacklab kitchen
    • Work on project K
    • Shop for dishwasher parts
  • Discretionary – Productive (3.7h – 2%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
      • Set up Emacs Chats again?
    • Arrange for cheque
    • Apply for cultural access pass
    • Back up phone
    • Clean up phone apps
    • Reflash phone
    • Water the garden
    • Apply for passport
    • Ask two guarantors for passport
    • Get passport pictures
    • Pay Mastercard
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Writing (2.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (0.6h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (25.6h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (7.9h – 4%)
  • Sleep (59.5h – 35% – average of 8.5 per day)

Monthly review: August 2014

I wrote last month that in August, I was probably going to:

  • Work more, since my clients need extra help: Yup, happened!
  • Work on project F3, too: Yup, wrapped up
  • Improve my writing techniques (outlines, snippets, etc.): Nope, focused on working
  • Celebrate another year, yay: Yup!

Next month, I’m going to:

  • Do more consulting (big milestone!)
  • Help with Hacklab move

Here’s what I wrote about last month:

Lots of drawing!

  1. 2014.08.12 Dealing with physical pain – #philosophy
  2. 2014.08.12 Exercise notes – #exercise
  3. 2014.08.12 How I program – #consulting #programming #geek
  4. 2014.08.12 When Neko meows – #cat
  5. 2014.08.13 Call no man happy until he is dead – #philosophy
  6. 2014.08.13 Discretionary work – #consulting
  7. 2014.08.13 Learning more about drawing – #drawing
  8. 2014.08.13 Leia traced from picture
  9. 2014.08.13 Nudging the balance toward work – #experiment #consulting
  10. 2014.08.13 To know something’s distinctiveness – #philosophy
  11. 2014.08.15 Luke
  12. 2014.08.17 Content marketing for Hacklab
  13. 2014.08.17 Neko
  14. 2014.08.18 So if I’m going on a consulting sprint for 2
  15. 2014.08.18 What am I really postponing or giving up – #experiment #business #consulting
  16. 2014.08.20 Evening routines
  17. 2014.08.20 Routines
  18. 2014.08.23 Closure
  19. 2014.08.23 So, what’s next
  20. 2014.08.24 Decision – sketchbook
  21. 2014.08.24 Easier way of tracking upgrade decisions and brand preferences for infrequent purchases
  22. 2014.08.26 Thinking about how I can build on my strengths
  23. 2014.08.27 Why do the extra consulting – #experiment #business #consulting
  24. 2014.08.28 Remembering things with my blog
  25. 2014.08.28 What to do during open days – #leisure #experiment
  26. 2014.08.29 Becoming a better reader
  27. 2014.08.29 Considering the time after the experiment
  28. 2014.08.29 Ends and extents – #my-learning
  29. 2014.08.29 Possible personal projects
  30. 2014.08.29 Re-planning my life – #experiment
  31. 2014.08.29 Tweaking my experiment
  32. 2014.08.29 What do I mean by owning more of my brain – #experiment
  33. 2014.08.30 On discipline, or alternatives to
  34. 2014.08.30 Open loops

Weekly review: Week ending September 5, 2014

Lots of work and helping out at Hacklab. =) Oh, and Canadian citizenship, yay! It didn’t feel like I got that much sleep this week, but my numbers say I did. Hmm.

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (54.4h – 32%)
    • Earn (39.4h – 72% of Business)
      • Doublecheck setInterval vs setTimeout, whoops
      • E1: Demo
      • E1: Work on polls
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (4.4h – 8% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (2.4h)
        • Check on Brock Health claim
        • Order TurboTax
        • File payroll return
      • Upgrade webserver
    • Connect (10.5h – 19% of Business)
      • Send Helpouts messages
      • Help with Helpouts
  • Relationships (10.7h – 6%)
    • Cook at Hacklab?
    • Follow up with Eric re cleaning, kitchen
    • Help with Hacklab kitchen
    • Pick up dishwasher and drop it off at Hacklab
    • Talk to my mom regarding dividends
    • Work on project K
  • Discretionary – Productive (5.2h – 3%)
    • Emacs (2.0h – 1% of all)
      • Review Emacs Chat transcript
    • Apply for Ontario photo ID
    • Prepare papers for citizenship ceremony
    • Attend citizenship ceremony
    • Apply for cultural access pass
    • Back up phone
    • Clean up phone apps
    • Reflash phone
    • Sort out credit cards
    • Tidy up dying plants
    • Arrange for cheque
    • Ask two guarantors for passport
    • Get passport pictures
    • Pay Mastercard
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Writing (1.8h)
  • Discretionary – Play (3.7h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (22.0h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (11.4h – 6%)
  • Sleep (60.7h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending August 29, 2014

Great week for wrapping things up and planning next steps. =) Next week: citizenship ceremony and more coding, yay!

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (54.6h – 32%)
    • Earn (41.3h – 75% of Business)
      • E1: Demo
      • E1: Work on second video draft
      • E1: Work on polls
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (12.0h – 21% of Business)
      • Drawing (11.1h)
        • Practise drawing faces
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.9h)
        • Check on Brock Health claim
    • Connect (1.3h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (8.3h – 4%)
    • Go to Emma’s party
    • Go to Hacklab’s party
    • Investigate dishwasher options
    • Pick up dishwasher and drop it off at Hacklab
    • Update Brock Health claim
    • Contact more places that offer slipcovers
    • Cook at Hacklab?
    • Follow up with Eric re cleaning, kitchen
    • Talk to my mom regarding dividends
  • Discretionary – Productive (2.4h – 1%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
      • Review Emacs Chat transcript
    • Apply for Ontario photo ID
    • Reread Latin textbook chapter now that I’ve picked up more vocabulary
    • Call R to adjust billing
    • Prepare papers for citizenship ceremony
    • Attend citizenship ceremony
    • Apply for passport
    • Tidy up dying plants
    • Go to R for test
    • Writing (1.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (4.6h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (24.1h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (14.4h – 8%)
  • Sleep (59.6h – 35% – average of 8.5 per day)