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Weekly review: Week ending June 19, 2015

I haven’t edited the Emacs Hangout video yet, but I should get around to that sometime this week. Aside from that, the week has been pretty low-key. W- and I picked up LEGO Jurassic World (PS3 and PS Vita) and have been playing it. Galumphing around as a triceratops or smashing things up as a T-rex is surprisingly satisfying.

2015-06-22a Week ending 2015-06-19 -- index card #journal #weekly output

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (25.2h – 14%)
    • Earn (9.1h – 36% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (16.0h – 63% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.7h)
      • Paperwork (1.3h)
      • Amazon search and replace
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
      • Chat with Philip C about Quantified Awesome
  • Relationships (8.9h – 5%)
    • Call with new totals
    • Meet M
  • Discretionary – Productive (7.1h – 4%)
    • Emacs (2.3h – 1% of all)
      • Announce Emacs Hangout 2015-06-17
      • Host Emacs Hangout
      • Edit Emacs Hangout video to blur avy-jump demo
    • Writing (2.7h)
    • Add a summary bar chart of category totals
    • Get grunt working again
    • Add history to refiling
    • Add Jurassic Park to my tracker
    • fix sleep track activity
    • fix categories so that it returns empty ones too
    • Convert icicle chart into a sunburst
    • Switch to hierarchical bar chart
    • Add time filter to date
  • Discretionary – Play (22.3h – 13%)
  • Personal routines (27.2h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (14.6h – 8%)
  • Sleep (62.7h – 37% – average of 9.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending June 12, 2015

It was a good week for small steps. I’ve been settling into a new daily routine: a little bit of code, a book, some thinking… In terms of code, I’ve been focusing on adding D3 visualizations and other smarts to my Angular+Node tracker. I’ve been reading about thinking and memory, and thinking about what I can build or practice in order to get better at those things. Overall, though, I continue to be taking it easy – letting go of more of my previous commitments, clearing the way for other experiments.

2015-06-14c Week ending 2015-06-12 -- index card #journal #weekly

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  • 5 reasons not to use your virtual assistant: the Amy scheduling AI looks interesting. It would be neat to check that out when it’s more open. Interesting approach (probably hybrid person+AI) and conversational interface. I wonder what I can build and use along those lines…

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (23.0h – 13%)
    • Earn (6.0h – 25% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (14.2h – 61% of Business)
      • Drawing (9.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (2.8h – 12% of Business)
  • Relationships (10.6h – 6%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (11.6h – 6%)
    • Emacs (0.7h – 0% of all)
      • Reschedule Emacs Lisp Development Tips episode with jwiegley
      • Announce Emacs Hangout 2015-06-17
      • Host Emacs Hangout
    • Writing (4.5h)
    • Get travis working again for quantified awesome
    • Call with new totals
  • Discretionary – Play (20.9h – 12%)
  • Personal routines (28.3h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (14.5h – 8%)
  • Sleep (59.2h – 35% – average of 8.5 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending June 5, 2015

Another week of taking it easy. My energy was up and down, but manageable. Also, lots of rain this week, including one time I ended up walking home in a downpour. Squish, squish, squish…

I learned how to use Javascript and Tasker together, and I’ve been having fun playing with that. I think I’ll look into developing Android applications next. Tasker+JS will let me quickly prototype ideas, and then I can code those ideas into applications that might be faster or more reliable.

I might be getting the hang of this. =)

2015-06-08a Week ending 2015-06-05 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (19.5h – 11%)
    • Prepare invoice – State “DONE” from “STARTED” [2015-05-01 Fri 09:23]
    • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Earn (6.9h – 35% of Business)
    • Build (11.2h – 57% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.9h)
      • Paperwork (1.7h)
    • Connect (1.4h – 7% of Business)
  • Relationships (9.2h – 5%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (8.4h – 4%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Add to my TFSA
    • File prescription receipts
    • Process Quantified Self Toronto videos
    • Shift my bond allocation
    • Writing (7.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (36.4h – 21%)
  • Personal routines (25.8h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (12.9h – 7%)
  • Sleep (55.9h – 33% – average of 8.0 per day)

Monthly review: May 2015

It always surprises me how each tiny step builds up. I remember May to be rather fuzzy, but it turns out that I managed to do a fair bit of sewing, thinking, coding, and planning anyway.

This was the month I realized that I can turn my temporary fuzziness into an advantage. I get to have sneak peeks of what I might deal with in the future, and I can plan and build systems accordingly.

I spent the first half of the month going on long walks every day, and that felt great. It turns out that Hacklab is within walking distance of my house, and quite a few libraries are as well. Whee! I look forward to re-establishing this habit at some point.

W- and I have been spending more time playing video games lately. He’s going through Borderlands, and I’m playing Ni no Kuni. Fun!

2015-06-02b May 2015 -- index card #monthly output

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Daily: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Time

Category Last month (%) This month (%) Avg h per week Delta (h/wk)
Business – Build 5.1 10.5 18 9.1
Discretionary – Play 6.1 10.8 18 7.9
Unpaid work 8.0 9.2 15 2.0
Discretionary – Social 1.7 1.6 3 -0.2
Personal 16.4 16.1 27 -0.5
Discretionary – Productive 9.0 8.4 14 -1.0
Discretionary – Family 3.6 3.0 5 -1.0
Business – Earn 5.5 3.9 7 -2.7
Sleep 37.5 35.1 59 -4.0
Business – Connect 7.1 1.3 2 -9.7

Lots more Quantified Awesome coding, drawing, and playing this month. A little more time cooking. Not as much time at Hacklab. Oddly, even less sleep. Or maybe I was fuzzier because I hadn’t been sleeping as much? This was still an average of 8.4 hours a day, though. Biking and long walks put on hold, but maybe I’ll be able to get back to them in the next few weeks.

Weekly review: Week ending May 29, 2015

Less sleep this week, but I used the mornings for coding, so it worked out okay. I realized that building tools for my future self is an excellent use of my time, so I’ve been thinking about what kinds of systems can help me during future fuzzy-brainness. Taking it easy otherwise.

2015-06-02a Week ending 2015-05-29 -- index card #journal #weekly output

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (37.6h – 22%)
    • Earn (8.2h – 21% of Business)
      • Prepare invoice
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (29.4h – 78% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.2h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
      • Fix key renaming in record data
      • Set up PDA environment
      • Make an Angular page that displays buttons for recording my most common tasks
      • Explore CouchDB
      • List all the categories below the recommended one
      • Create quick way to track grocery items
      • Provide quick command feedback
      • Match partially
      • Handle authentication on the server side
      • Fix select
      • Distinguish substring and exact
      • Fix command handling
      • Clean up data
    • Connect (0.0h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (3.7h – 2%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (5.0h – 2%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Renew sach.ac
    • Review Createspace
    • Verify Jen’s public key by calling
    • Writing (2.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (27.9h – 16%)
  • Personal routines (26.4h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (11.6h – 6%)
  • Sleep (55.7h – 33% – average of 8.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending May 22, 2015

Almost 26 hours of playing video games this week – Ni No Kuni is such an engaging option for my fuzzy brain. Some thoughts and conversations, though, so I didn’t vegetate the entire time. =)

Planning to take it easy over the next couple of weeks: games, drawing, writing, some code…

2015-05-25a Week ending 2015-05-22 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (20.1h – 11%)
    • Earn (7.8h – 38% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (10.0h – 49% of Business)
      • Drawing (8.9h)
      • Paperwork (1.1h)
        • Calculate deductions
        • Transfer money for salary
        • Write and deposit cheque
        • Remit deductions
        • File payroll in Quickbooks
    • Connect (2.3h – 11% of Business)
      • Chat with Michael Crogan about Emacs
      • Chat with Ab Velasco about Quantified Self talk
  • Relationships (10.7h – 6%)
    • Work on personal project
  • Discretionary – Productive (9.9h – 5%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Make a list of all my TFSA contributions
    • Verify Jen’s public key by calling
    • Review Createspace
    • Add to my TFSA
    • Writing (2.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (25.7h – 15%)
  • Personal routines (22.5h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (21.4h – 12%)
  • Sleep (57.6h – 34% – average of 8.2 per day)