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Weekly review: Week ending August 8, 2014

This week was about spending time with W- and J-. W-‘s birthday was on Monday, so we had dimsum with the in-laws. We watched Guardians of the Galaxy this week, too. We spent Friday afternoon helping J- shop for clothes, and we had dinner at a Japanese restaurant we hadn’t tried before. Yay lots of time together!

I worked a lot, too. I worked on some nifty prototypes using Javascript, and then I spent some time learning about developing add-ons and apps for Jive. I’m looking forward to doing even more magic with those tools. =)

Next week: more family stuff, a Hacklab members’ meeting, and more work. Whee!

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (23.4h – 13%)
    • Upgrade WordPress
    • Chat with Scott Torrance regarding publishing
    • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Try new features in Dragon Naturally Speaking 13
    • Earn (23.2h – 99% of Business)
    • Build (0.0h – 0% of Business)
    • Connect (0.2h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (16.9h – 10%)
    • Watch Guardians of the Galaxy, yay!
    • Attend Hacklab meeting
    • Work on F3
  • Discretionary – Productive (12.8h – 7%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
      • Chat with masteringemacs
    • Get back into drawing things I’m learning about
    • Writing (4.7h)
      • That moment when time comes together
      • Thinking about leisure activities: noble, advantageous, pleasant
      • Turning 31
      • Writing incomplete thoughts
  • Discretionary – Play (12.1h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (38.3h – 22%)
  • Unpaid work (6.0h – 3%)
  • Sleep (58.6h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending August 1, 2014

This was a week of lots of reading and philosophical reflections. =) Lots of work, too, since the clients need a little extra help. It’s a good excuse to learn more about both front-end development and analytics, anyway. I went to a couple of parties and had fun chatting with people. I’m getting better at stepping back and enjoying the conversation without worrying about the quiet bits.

I practiced the Japanese curry recipe again. Mmm. I think this will be one of our go-to recipes. We also harvested the blueberries from the yard – it’s just a handful, but it’s a yummy handful.

W- and I have resolved to be more adventurous in terms of food and activities. Left to our own devices (literally, even), we tend to spend the time at home. Maybe even working. It’s summer! There’s always something happening. So now we’re making ourselves go out and try things, especially if we can find interesting meals that we’d like to replicate at home. (I enjoy cooking more than I enjoy eating out, weirdly.) For example, having Japanese curry at Gyugyuya launched us on this Japanese-curry-from-scratch kick, and I’m becoming more comfortable with making that now. The Caribbean Festival is on this weekend, and the Taste of the Danforth is next weekend. Maybe we’ll try those out.

Next week: Writing, work, and cooking. Life is good!

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (30.6h – 18%)
    • Earn (23.8h – 77% of Business)
      • E1: Finish transition video draft
      • E1: Train TR
      • E1: Work on second video draft
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (0.6h – 1% of Business)
      • Paperwork (0.6h)
    • Connect (6.2h – 20% of Business)
  • Relationships (9.4h – 5%)
    • Attend Nadia’s party
    • Attend Paul’s party
    • Attend potluck
    • Discuss F2
    • Have coffee with Andrew
    • Make cabbage stew at Hacklab
    • Cook at Hacklab?
    • Watch Guardians of the Galaxy, yay!
  • Discretionary – Productive (21.1h – 12%)
    • Record chat with Harry Schwartz
    • [#C] Track cat data – State “DONE” from “STARTED” [2014-06-25 Wed 23:30]
    • Get back into drawing things I’m learning about
    • Get new bike brakes
    • Get some laces and set up a knot-tying practice area
    • Reread Latin textbook chapter now that I’ve picked up more vocabulary
    • [#C] Tracking: Update the number of tasks
    • Writing (8.8h)
  • Discretionary – Play (8.3h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (28.5h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (9.5h – 5%)
  • Sleep (60.6h – 36% – average of 8.7 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending July 25, 2014

I’ve been going to more of these small get-togethers. I finally got around to hosting one here, too! I’m curious about this process of getting to know people better. I think I’m now more comfortable with conversation than I used to be, particularly if I preempt the “What do you do?” question by asking “What are you interested in?” This often leads to conversations about cooking, gardening, philosophy, and so on.

I used to feel slightly odd about small talk as something that didn’t really move forward–slight variations on a theme, again and again. Something is changing. Maybe I’m becoming more patient? Better at appreciating the little things? Worth reflecting on.

In other news, I made Japanese curry from scratch today, following this recipe. Mm! I’ve been making progress in terms of runinng and exercise too.

My consulting client needs some extra help over the next month or two, so I might nudge the balance a little more towards work. I want to keep writing, exercising, cooking, reading, and spending time with people, so I’ll probably try ~21 hours, but not ~40. Last week was about 25.5 hours and I felt like my brain was a bit fuzzy. Reading and writing feel like they expand my time; biking, too. Less time reading blogs, then. Time to tweak things…

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (34.0h – 20%)
    • Earn (25.6h – 75% of Business)
      • E1: Train TR
      • E1: Finish transition video draft
      • E1: Work on second video draft
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (2.0h – 5% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.5h)
    • Connect (6.3h – 18% of Business)
  • Relationships (8.8h – 5%)
    • Attend Paul’s party
    • Attend potluck
    • Discuss F2
    • Have coffee with Andrew
    • Host party
    • Attend Nadia’s party
    • Make ratatouille at Hacklab?
  • Discretionary – Productive (11.4h – 6%)
    • Emacs (1.4h – 0% of all)
      • Record chat with Harry Schwartz
    • Fix website
    • Follow up on Canadian citizenship
    • Call CIC to find out what’s going on with my citizenship application
    • Writing (1.5h)
      • What’s in your handbook?
  • Discretionary – Play (14.3h – 8%)
  • Personal routines (23.1h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (14.6h – 8%)
  • Sleep (61.8h – 36% – average of 8.8 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending July 18, 2014

Lots and lots and lots of reading last week. Yay! Also, more talking to people. This week: meetings, another Emacs Chat episode, and more.

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  • HeartMath Considered Incoherent: Fascinating analysis.
  • Using Themed Work Weeks instead of Themed Work Days: Sprints tend to work well for me too, although I generally don’t decide the theme far in advance.
  • Is it Ok to Be Happily Retired?: Sometimes I feel self-conscious about this experiment while other people around me work hard or struggle to find work. I’m getting better at giving myself permission to learn stuff, though, and I enjoy using some of my time to help out.
  • The Problem with Asking for Advice: I like the test of thinking about whether you’re going to change your behaviour based on the input. This also reminds me of why I push back on a lot of poll/survey questions with the meta-question: “What are we going to do about the answers?”

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (23.8h – 14%)
    • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Earn (17.4h – 73% of Business)
    • Build (0.5h – 2% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.5h)
    • Connect (5.8h – 24% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.0h – 2%)
    • Have coffee with Nadia
    • Host party
    • Discuss F
    • Have coffee with Andrew
  • Discretionary – Productive (24.8h – 14%)
    • Fix website
    • Emacs (1.2h – 0% of all)
      • Record chat with Harry Schwartz
    • Writing (4.5h)
      • What are people looking for when they talk about challenges?
      • Quiet days
      • Don’t worry about your tools in the beginning: Avoiding premature optimization
      • Books about applying advice to your life
  • Discretionary – Play (7.7h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (31.1h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (9.3h – 5%)
  • Sleep (66.4h – 39% – average of 9.5 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending July 11, 2014

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (22.2h – 13%)
    • Do my first laser cut
    • Help with Helpouts
    • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Earn (12.0h – 54% of Business)
    • Build (0.0h – 0% of Business)
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (10.2h – 45% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.2h – 2%)
    • Check out Festival of House Culture
    • Have coffee with Andrew
    • Have coffee with Nadia
  • Discretionary – Productive (29.4h – 17%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Go for yoga in High Park
    • Learning from frugal lives of years past
    • Planning my next little business
    • Writing (16.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (14.5h – 8%)
  • Personal routines (22.1h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (10.5h – 6%)
  • Sleep (65.1h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending July 4, 2014

A week of learning about philosophy and spending time with people! =) Next week: Probably more events, hanging out, thinking.

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Focus areas and time review

  • Business (8.8h – 5%)
    • Earn (6.8h – 77% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (1.6h – 18% of Business)
      • Do my first laser cut
      • Drawing (0.0h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.5h)
        • File payroll return
    • Connect (0.3h – 3% of Business)
      • Help with Helpouts
  • Relationships (12.0h – 7%)
    • Check out Festival of House Culture
    • Send claim correction along with note to insurance company
  • Discretionary – Productive (28.1h – 16%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
    • Go for yoga in High Park
    • Harvest more greens; clear out a square
    • Writing (18.7h)
  • Discretionary – Play (8.9h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (29.4h – 17%)
  • Unpaid work (16.2h – 9%)
  • Sleep (64.6h – 38% – average of 9.2 per day)