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Weekly review: Week ending June 27, 2014

Blog posts

Sketches

I’m getting quite dreadful at this scanning-in thing. It’s probably because it’s so sunny out that I rarely want to go down to the basement these days… Perhaps tomorrow!

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (26.6h – 15%)
    • Earn (16.0h – 60% of Business)
      • E1: Attend meeting
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (6.2h – 23% of Business)
      • Work on a 4clojure problem
      • Work on a 4clojure problem
      • Drawing (3.2h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (4.3h – 16% of Business)
  • Relationships (11.9h – 7%)
    • Pick up lead testing kit
    • Send claim correction along with note to insurance company
  • Discretionary – Productive (8.5h – 5%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
      • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
    • Harvest more greens; clear out a square
    • Writing (3.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.6h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (34.1h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (9.5h – 5%)
  • Sleep (70.9h – 42% – average of 10.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending June 20, 2014

Much more sleep than average; work, too. Next week, I’ll probably focus on work and exercise. Still taking it relatively easy…

Blog posts

Sketches

Still no scans.

Link round-up

Next week. =)

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (37.2h – 22%)
    • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Work on a 4clojure problem
    • Earn (23.4h – 62% of Business)
    • Build (11.0h – 29% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (2.8h)
    • Connect (2.8h – 7% of Business)
  • Relationships (1.5h – 0%)
    • Check progress for F2
    • Research real estate
    • Send claim correction along with note to insurance company
  • Discretionary – Productive (12.5h – 7%)
    • Emacs (2.7h – 1% of all)
      • Prep for call with Mickey Petersen
      • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps – State “DONE” from “STARTED” [2014-06-12 Thu 20:50]
      • Summarizing the last meeting dates in Org Contacts
      • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
    • Add compost to back garden
    • Lasagna
    • Pizza
    • Writing (4.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (10.1h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (26.3h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (16.8h – 10%)
  • Sleep (63.5h – 37% – average of 9.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending June 13, 2014

I’ve been taking it easy. Lots of gardening, walking, and even reading comic books or playing video games… =) Good progress on work projects, though! Oh, and some time spent coding – fun!

Blog posts

Sketches

Probably a few, but I haven’t scanned them yet. =)

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (32.8h – 19%)
    • Earn (18.0h – 54% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • E1: BW homepage
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (8.3h – 25% of Business)
      • Add percentage as a review option
      • Work on a 4clojure problem
      • Work on a 4clojure problem
      • Drawing (1.1h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
        • Reflect on delegation challenges
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.8h)
        • Follow up on misdirected mail
        • File payroll return
    • Connect (6.5h – 19% of Business)
  • Relationships (9.7h – 5%)
    • Attend Hacklab meeting
    • Research real estate
    • Check progress for F2
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.6h – 9%)
    • Emacs (4.1h – 2% of all)
      • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
      • Review transcript for Christopher Wellons
      • Review transcript for Bozhidar Batsov
      • Prep for call with Mickey Petersen
      • Chat with Tom and Neil about Clojure
      • Chat with Doug regarding sketchnoting
      • Pay invoices
      • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
    • [#C] Track cat data
    • Add compost to back garden
    • Writing (2.1h)
      • Realistic expectations, ruthless elimination, and rapid exploration
  • Discretionary – Play (14.1h – 8%)
  • Personal routines (27.9h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (9.0h – 5%)
  • Sleep (58.8h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending June 6, 2014

Eventful week in terms of non-work things! =) Concert, movie, projects, and more.

Blog posts

Sketches

None posted this week.

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (27.4h – 16%)
    • Earn (16.2h – 59% of Business)
      • E1: Do monthly stats
      • E1: Attend another team event
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • E1: BW homepage
    • Build (7.4h – 27% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
        • Reflect on delegation challenges
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • Follow up on misdirected mail
        • File payroll return
      • Work on a 4clojure problem
      • Renew domain names
      • Fix the library thing
      • Work on a 4clojure problem
    • Connect (3.7h – 13% of Business)
      • Have breakfast with Aaron, Jen, and Bernie
      • Chat with Doug regarding sketchnoting
  • Relationships (13.0h – 7%)
    • Call C tomorrow about P
    • Chat with Jeff Widman
    • Fill out form
    • Go to Postmodern Jukebox concert
    • Milestone for F2
    • Plan substitute plans in detail
    • Work on project F2
    • Attend Hacklab meeting
  • Discretionary – Productive (22.6h – 13%)
    • Postmodern Jukebox
    • Reduce Dropbox use
    • Write about Emacs coaching
    • Writing (3.9h)
    • Emacs
      • Add more examples
      • Add more exercises
      • [#A] Add objectives and practice to section 4
      • Write objectives for each section
      • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
      • Review transcript for Emacs NYC talk
      • Review technomancy transcript
      • Learn about Calc
      • Consider moving back-to-top, e-mail to the top right?
      • Chat with Tom and Neil about Clojure
      • Take notes on people who are interested in taking course, process course steps
  • Discretionary – Play (8.5h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (28.4h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (9.9h – 5%)
  • Sleep (58.4h – 34% – average of 8.3 per day)

Monthly review: May 2014

I wrote that in May, I’d like to:

  • ☑ Learn how to write extensions for E1
  • ☑ Develop “How to Read Emacs Lisp” into a proper course, with objectives, modules, exercises and other useful things
  • ☑ Add compost and herbs to our garden

I hadn’t realized how busy May was in terms of Emacs chats and other good things until I put this review together. That’s one of the advantages of reviews. You get to see the accumulation of little things. Oh, and I paid myself too.

Thanks to some help from the vendor, I made a lot of progress on my consulting project for E1. I’m rusty at J2EE, but I’m doing okay.

The weather was nice and warm in May, so I did a lot of biking and gardening. I added tire liners and patched a few holes in my tires, so that should result in fewer flats. We planted herbs and vegetables, added lots of compost (both free and purchased from Home Depot), and started turning our compost heap regularly. I discovered that yes, I do actually enjoy watching grass grow. Learning slowly, but getting there.

This month, I focused on helping the Emacs community. I’ve been experimenting with delivering an e-mail-based course on reading Emacs Lisp, and that’s going well. I’ve also been paying Emacs geeks to help me with transcripts of chats, videos, and other resources. I’d like to eventually build http://emacslife.com into a useful resource that complements the Emacs Wiki and Emacs-related blogs.

I also dusted off Quantified Awesome’s unit tests and brought it back up to 100% coverage, at least as reported by simplecov. Eventually I want to upgrade it to Rails 4. I’ve been learning Clojure too. I’ve completed all the elementary problems on 4clojure.com and am now working my way through the easy ones. Lots of things to try out!

In June, I’d like to:

  • Deliver a chunk of functionality for project E1
  • Polish and publish the Emacs Lisp beginner course, possibly on a self-serve platform
  • Take it easy because of project F2

Here’s what I blogged about:

Sketches:

Weekly review: Week ending May 30, 2014

Lots of gardening this weekend! We picked up more compost, reseeded the lawn, planted more seeds, and covered the blueberries with a net. =)

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (28.8h – 17%)
    • ☑ Cancel speaking engagements
    • ☑ Complete 4clojure elementary exercises
    • Earn (13.0h – 44% of Business)
      • ☑ E1 Attend training
      • ☑ E1: Update names
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • ☐ E1: Do monthly stats
    • Build (6.7h – 23% of Business)
      • Drawing (6.3h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.4h)
    • Connect (9.1h – 31% of Business)
      • ☑ E1: Attend team event
      • ☐ E1: Attend another team event
      • ☐ Have breakfast with Aaron, Jen, and Bernie
      • ☐ Catch up with Jeff Widman
  • Relationships (7.3h – 4%)
    • ☑ Attend Peter’s housewarming party
    • ☑ Call C tomorrow about P
    • ☑ Pick up compost
    • ☑ Make pizza
    • ☑ Plant more seeds
    • ☑ Drop off donations for Free Geek
    • ☐ Work on project F2
    • ☐ Go to Postmodern Jukebox concert
  • Discretionary – Productive (24.0h – 14%)
    • ☑ Go to the dentist
    • Writing (7.9h)
    • Emacs
      • ☑ Host chat with Christopher Wellons
      • ☑ Host chat with Bodil Stokke (oh no! didn’t record!)
      • ☑ Write objectives and practice for section 3, revise section 3
      • ☐ Write objectives and practice for section 4, revise section 4
  • Discretionary – Play (7.1h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (27.7h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (11.2h – 6%)
  • Sleep (62.5h – 37% – average of 8.9 per day)