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Weekly review: Week ending March 13, 2015

Lots of sewing (14.5 hours!). Taking it easy, in general. Social stuff, too: catching up with friends, going to parties…

2015-03-15a Week ending 2015-03-13 -- index card #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (26.7h – 15%)
    • Earn (11.5h – 42% of Business)
      • Send comm slide
      • Attend comm session
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (12.4h – 46% of Business)
      • Drawing (11.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.3h)
    • Connect (2.9h – 10% of Business)
  • Relationships (9.1h – 5%)
    • Do paperwork for mom
    • Check on project F4
  • Discretionary – Productive (18.4h – 10%)
    • Emacs (1.0h – 0% of all)
      • 2015-03-18 Emacs Hangout
      • Help Sean with Emacs
    • Buy ETFs in SDRSP account
    • Writing (2.8h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.8h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (40.0h – 23%)
  • Unpaid work (18.9h – 11%)
  • Sleep (71.0h – 42% – average of 10.1 per day)

Monthly review: February 2015

Last month, I wrote that in February, I was looking forward to:

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

What a month for cooking, drawing, writing, sewing, and tweaking Emacs. Somehow I managed to make more progress on personal projects and do lots of consulting.

2015-03-08a Monthly review - February 2015 -- index card #monthly output

Time

Category Last month (%) This month (%) Avg h per week Delta
Business – Earn 4.1 7.8 13 3.7
Unpaid work 8.5 9.9 17 1.4
Discretionary – Productive 11.9 12.6 21 0.7
Discretionary – Social 0.5 1.2 2 0.7
Discretionary – Family 4.4 5.1 9 0.7
Sleep 35.3 35.3 59 0.0
Personal 15.1 14.7 25 -0.4
Discretionary – Play 3.8 2.8 5 -1.0
Business – Connect 5.4 2.8 5 -2.6
Business – Build 11.1 7.8 13 -3.3

As an experiment, I tried treating consulting as a “dessert” task to encourage me to work on my personal projects. I also stayed late at the office when I happened to have evening get-togethers scheduled downtown. I made decent progress on my other projects, I got more consulting in, and my clients were happy for the help. Still, my personal projects and interests are starting to be more motivating for me, so I think I might be able to rely on their intrinsic motivation soon. =)

This month, I spent some time thinking about clothes, shopping, sewing, and how I can make this experience better. It was a little stressful trying to find clothes for a family event (I ended up going in my office clothes), so I’ve resolved to try:

  • shopping more frequently
  • giving myself permission to spend more money
  • investing in learning how to sew

So far, so good. I’ve found a simple pattern for tops and am working on filling my wardrobe with them. Some people like variety. I think I get a kick out of consistency.

I’ve been cooking a lot too, yay!

I expect next month to focus even more on personal projects. I’d like to:

  • finish a few more tops in this season’s colours
  • bake a few pies for Pi Day
  • work on a few personal projects

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Weekly review: Week ending March 6, 2015

I decided to take it easy this week, since my energy levels were pretty low. I still managed to squeeze in going to a couple of social events, baking lots of things, levelling up in terms of personal finance, and reflecting on freedom, yay!

2015-03-07a Week ending 2015-03-06 -- index card #weekly #review output

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (26.1h – 15%)
    • Earn (8.1h – 31% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.0h – 30% of Business)
      • Drawing (4.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (4.0h)
    • Connect (9.9h – 38% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.0h – 2%)
    • Co-host Quantified Self Toronto meetup
    • Go to house party
    • Work on project F
  • Discretionary – Productive (5.8h – 3%)
    • Emacs (1.0h – 0% of all)
    • Attempt to sort out 2008 again
    • Do paperwork for mom
    • Buy ETFs in SDRSP account
    • Writing (2.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (3.4h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (39.9h – 23%)
  • Unpaid work (21.0h – 12%)
  • Sleep (66.9h – 39% – average of 9.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 27, 2015

This week was about sewing. I made three tops, wow! I might go to the fabric store on Tuesday to see if there are other fabrics that I’d like to turn into tops using the same pattern.

Also, I made lemon meringue for the first time in ages. I tried another biscotti recipe, too.

My Samsung Galaxy S3 started power-cycling, so I replaced it with a Moto G. The Moto G is working surprisingly well. I thought I’d have problems with the small, non-expandable storage, but it works just fine. =)

2015-03-01a Week ending 2015-02-27 -- index card #weekly

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (26.5h – 15%)
    • Earn (10.7h – 40% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • Prepare invoice
    • Build (3.5h – 13% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.4h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.8h)
        • File payroll return
      • Figure out why library isn’t renewing
      • Fix color detection
    • Connect (12.3h – 46% of Business)
  • Relationships (12.5h – 7%)
    • Help Sean with Emacs
    • Print tickets
    • Hang out with Linda and watch Gabriel perform
  • Discretionary – Productive (24.1h – 14%)
    • Emacs (1.6h – 0% of all)
      • Help Sean with Ruby environment
      • Choose additional fabrics for Sorbetto top
      • Get 1.5 yards of cotton shirting
    • Sewing
      • Print out Colette pattern
    • Phone
      • Figure out what’s going on with my phone
      • Set up new phone
      • Buy Moto G from Staples
      • Upgrade to Lollipop
    • Attend Sketchnote Hangout
    • Read synopsis for Die Walkure
    • Read chapter 4 of Intermediate Japanese
    • Review Createspace
    • Investigate Powershell
    • Writing (2.1h)
  • Discretionary – Play (9.0h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (21.6h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (16.3h – 9%)
  • Sleep (58.1h – 34% – average of 8.3 per day)

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

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

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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.

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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)