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Weekly review: Week ending October 17, 2014

We spent most of this weekend shopping for winter coats. W- and I are both on the smallish side, so it can be difficult to find things in our sizes later in the season. I bought a waterproof 3-in-1 jacket and a compatible down jacket that zips into the outer shell. I’m also experimenting with replacing my belt bag with a vest that has lots and lots of pockets. So far, this is working out well. W- hasn’t been able to find a coat that he’s happy with, though, so the search continues.

It’s also been a week for get-togethers: celebration dinners at work, Thanksgiving and anniversary dinners with family, other get-togethers with friends… The Hacklab launch party is this weekend, and I’m looking forward to helping with that. =)

Oh! And I bumped into a Hacklab member who’s learning R and who had good things to say about the Coursera course, so now I’m trying that. I still have a hard time sitting still for lectures, so instead I focus on taking the quizzes and doing the programming projects.

Lots of learning and connecting!

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (39.4h – 23%)
    • Earn (25.1h – 63% of Business)
      • E1: Attend celebrations
      • Interview potential accountant/bookkeeper
      • E1: Pick up pass
      • E1: Update analytics
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (4.2h – 10% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.9h)
      • Delegation (1.2h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (10.0h – 25% of Business)
      • Plan for office hours
  • Relationships (12.4h – 7%)
    • 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 (4.4h – 2%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Buy winter coat
    • Have massage
    • Re-set-up dev environment for Quantified Awesome
    • Get passport pictures
    • Start working on kitchen organizer
    • Writing (2.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (9.6h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (20.4h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (23.1h – 13%)
  • Sleep (58.8h – 35% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending October 10, 2014

Passed another big milestone at work. Yay! Now in the winding-down phase. How exciting! Next week has a bunch of celebrations (Thanksgiving and work). Also, more kitchen things… =)

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (56.7h – 33%)
    • Earn (38.2h – 67% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: Help with milestone
      • E1: Attend celebrations
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (14.1h – 24% of Business)
      • Drawing (6.6h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (4.8h)
        • Consider upgrading Quickbooks
        • Deduct personal use of phone
        • Do quick method for HST
        • File HST return
        • Finalize accounts
        • Update Paypal amounts and save invoices
        • Update second savings account
    • Connect (4.5h – 7% of Business)
      • Chat with other QS Toronto organizers
  • Relationships (2.2h – 1%)
    • Make shelves for cabinet
    • Pick up extra shelf pins from IKEA
    • Picnicked in High Park, yay
    • Go to Thanksgiving thing
    • Make egg tarts
    • Get more kitchen things
    • Repackage spices in mason jars
  • Discretionary – Productive (3.8h – 2%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Clear out planters
    • Reducing my consulting
    • Buy parka and raincoat
    • Get passport pictures
    • Start working on kitchen organizer
    • [#C] Tracking: Update the number of tasks
    • Writing (2.1h)
  • Discretionary – Play (10.3h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (21.6h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (16.5h – 9%)
  • Sleep (56.9h – 33% – average of 8.1 per day)

Monthly review: September 2014

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

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

It took lots of long days and late nights, but we did a great job on the major project I was working on in September. Woohoo! I got to use AutoHotkey, NodeJS, and AngularJS in interesting ways, and I helped out a different team too.

Hacklab is now at 1266 Queen Street West, and it’s shaping up nicely. I set aside some money to help with kitchen things and with the move. It was good to help with that and to get to know the other folks at Hacklab.

In October, I’m 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!

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Weekly review: Week ending October 3, 2014

We’ve been decluttering and fixing things up at home. It feels great! I swapped out my bedside bookcase for a low table, which I disassembled, varnished, and reassembled. We’re currently varnishing some pine shelves that we’ve routed to be IKEA-compatible. I enjoy helping W- with this sort of stuff, and I’m looking forward to learning more about making boxes and other containers.

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Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (37.8h – 22%)
    • Earn (31.7h – 83% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • Earn: E1: Help with milestone
    • Build (1.7h – 4% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (4.5h – 11% of Business)
      • Chat with other QS Toronto organizers
  • Relationships (10.3h – 6%)
    • Connect Ernest with Pulat
    • Get rid of more stuff, clean up spaces
    • Make shelves for cabinet
    • Pick up extra shelf pins from IKEA
    • Varnish bedside table
    • Get more kitchen things
    • Repackage spices in mason jars
    • Start working on kitchen organizer
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.7h – 4%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Deposit cheque
    • Look into tablet improvements
    • Transfer some more into TFSA
    • Writing (3.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (13.9h – 8%)
  • Personal routines (19.1h – 11%)
  • Unpaid work (26.2h – 15%)
  • Sleep (54.0h – 32% – average of 7.7 per day)

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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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.

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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)