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Weekly review: Week ending February 6, 2015

This week, I experimented with treating consulting as a dessert to encourage me to make decent progress on my personal projects. Mixed results. I learned a lot about continuous integration and code coverage reporting in Emacs (yay!), created my own Helm sources, and improved my index card workflow, but the setup made it easy to give in to the temptation of working on other people’s stuff instead of sitting with my own resistance. Still, I did a good job with those consulting hours, building a couple of interesting prototypes and reports.

My digital workflow for drawing and filing index cards is getting better and better, though. =) I used the Emacs widget library for the first time, and I can’t wait to build more of these little interfaces to make my life easier. Whee!

Didn’t cook last weekend because the fridge had lots of leftovers, so pickings were a little slim this week (what with the snowstorm, too). Looking forward to getting back to a regular routine of cooking this week, maybe even doing bulgogi with a bunch of side dishes. =)

2015-02-07 Week ending 2015-02-06 -- index card #weekly

2015-02-07 Week ending 2015-02-06 – index card #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2015.01.31 Clearing my fabric stash – index card #tidying #decluttering
  2. 2015.01.31 Digital index card trade-offs – index card #drawing
  3. 2015.01.31 Most of my questions are ‘How can I…’ – index card #learning #question
  4. 2015.01.31 What’s worth remembering – index card #memory
  5. 2015.01.31 When I don’t really like talking, and what I might be able to do about it – index card #connecting #introvert
  6. 2015.02.01 Accelerating my learning – index card #learning #accelerating
  7. 2015.02.01 Accelerating the Emacs community – index card #accelerating #emacs
  8. 2015.02.01 Digital piles of index cards – index card #indexing #organization #pkm
  9. 2015.02.01 Index card sketches and monthly reviews – index card #organization #pkm #indexing
  10. 2015.02.01 January 2015 – index card #monthly #review
  11. 2015.02.02 Core areas – index card #life #priorities #values #goals
  12. 2015.02.02 Imagining an Emacs conference – index card #emacs #conference #plans #organizing-people
  13. 2015.02.02 Making a virtual Emacs conference happen – index card #emacs #organizing-people #conference #planning #questions
  14. 2015.02.02 Plain text – index card #data #organization #pkm #org
  15. 2015.02.02 What if I use the lure of work to help me grow – index card #consulting #experiment
  16. 2015.02.03 Benefits of sharing my index cards – index card #sharing #drawing
  17. 2015.02.03 Better Emacs Testing – index card #testing #emacs
  18. 2015.02.03 Delegation and dreaming small dreams – index card #delegation
  19. 2015.02.03 Getting better at imagining – index card #planning
  20. 2015.02.03 Scooped – index card #writing #sharing
  21. 2015.02.03 Tree view, forest view – index card #org #pkm #tasks
  22. 2015.02.03 What kinds of personal knowledge do I want to manage – index card #pkm
  23. 2015.02.03 Why map what you’re learning – index card #mapping #learning
  24. 2015.02.04 Digital index cards are working well – index card #drawing #digital
  25. 2015.02.04 Improving my Org clocking workflow – index card #org
  26. 2015.02.04 Shrinking my Learn-Do-Share cycle – index card #sharing #learning
  27. 2015.02.04 Yay, passport – index card #canada #travel #paperwork
  28. 2015.02.04 Yay, testing in Emacs – index card #testing #emacs
  29. 2015.02.05 Biscotti – index card #cooking #baking
  30. 2015.02.05 How can I make Thursdays more like other days – index card #experiment
  31. 2015.02.05 How can I organize my questions – and why – index card #questions #organization #pkm
  32. 2015.02.05 How can non-profits regularly reach out to people over social media – index card #social #social-media #connecting
  33. 2015.02.05 If consulting is dessert, what are my vegetables – index card #consulting #experiment #balance
  34. 2015.02.06 How can I brainstorm and organize questions in order to speed up my writing and drawing – index card #thinking #questions #pkm #acceleration
  35. 2015.02.06 How can I more regularly add entries to my private journal – index card #drawing #habit #journal
  36. 2015.02.06 What activities would I like to share with friends – index card #connecting #friends
  37. 2015.02.06 What if I made myself take someone out to lunch or coffee every month – index card #connecting #friends
  38. 2015.02.06 What kind of coaching do I like to give – index card #coaching #teaching
  39. 2015.02.06 What would my ideal question-thinking workflow be like – index card #learning #questions #thinking

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (42.1h – 25%)
    • Earn (20.3h – 48% of Business)
      • Prepare invoice
      • Work on reports
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (20.6h – 48% of Business)
      • Drawing (11.1h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (2.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.3h)
        • File payroll return
      • Flesh out plan
      • Change my set-descriptions.js to be able to use any blog URLs (archive page, future post, etc.)
      • Pass theme check required changes
      • Set up coveralls for Quantified Awesome
    • Connect (1.1h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.9h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (23.8h – 14%)
    • Emacs (14.6h – 8% of all)
      • Get travis going
      • Learn about Emacs testing
      • Fix my config after some weird error
      • Get Cask working
      • Set up Coveralls
      • Add a test to f.el
      • Get Travis emacs23 back on
      • Write tests for one of Steve Purcell’s packages
      • Write tests for one of abo-abo’s packages
      • Set up shortcuts for jumping with refile
      • Think about unconference infrastructure for Emacs
      • Help Sean
      • Measure performance of init
      • Finish Avdi’s transcript
      • Check on @mattl’s upcoming visit to Toronto
    • Organize questions
    • Identify index-card-sized questions
    • Consider skill tree
    • Read chapter 3
    • Writing (8.3h)
      • Start git directory for big drafts
  • Discretionary – Play (1.9h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (23.8h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (9.2h – 5%)
  • Sleep (61.4h – 37% – average of 8.8 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 30, 2015

This week was the week of focusing on vegetables. I made Japanese curry with a pickled salad on the side (daikon, cucumber, carrot), shepherd’s pie, and pad thai. It was great to have so many vegetable-focused dishes in the fridge. Looking forward to exploring more recipes and building up this habit!

Blog posts

  1. Weekly review: Week ending January 23, 2015
  2. Filling in the occupational blanks
  3. Sketchnote Hangout: Playing with colour
  4. Emacs kaizen: helm-swoop and editing
  5. Writing: Open loops, closed loops, and working with forgetfulness
  6. Emacs microhabit: Switching windows with windmove, ace-window, and ace-jump
  7. Read business books more effectively through application, visualization, or reviews
  8. Learning to work on my own things
  9. Getting data from Org Mode tables
  10. Finding a model for my sharing

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (33.3h – 19%)
    • Deposit cheque
    • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Earn (7.1h – 21% of Business)
    • Build (15.2h – 45% of Business)
      • Drawing (13.7h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.7h)
      • Look into recently uploaded images
    • Connect (10.9h – 32% of Business)
      • Talk to Srid
  • Relationships (5.9h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.3h – 9%)
    • Emacs (5.7h – 3% of all)
      • Improve my mail handling
      • Make graphviz easier with Emacs Lisp
      • Try out Tern
      • Help Sean
      • Make a montage of selected sketches based on their filenames
      • Change my set-descriptions.js to be able to use any blog URLs (archive page, future post, etc.)
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Reflect on asking questions
    • Apply for passport
    • Invest in bonds in TFSA
    • Process a 10lb bag of potatoes
    • Type in goals
    • Read Intermediate Japanese – chapter 1
    • Read chapter 2
    • Write about open loops
    • Collect words and examples from tweets about Emacs
    • Read chapter 3
    • Writing (5.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (3.0h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (31.6h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (20.3h – 12%)
  • Sleep (58.6h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 23, 2015

I posted nine blog posts this week, relaxing that once-a-day bottleneck that I’ve been using for the past few years. Mainly, it’s because I want to talk about Emacs more than once a week while still keeping lots of variety so that I can talk about non-tech topics too. Daily readers: Is the volume unmanageable? How can I make this better for you?

On my consulting gig, I leveled up in terms of using Tableau. I think I’ve gotten the hang of dashboard actions now, and I’m more comfortable using calculated fields for attributes and aggregates. Whee!

This has been a good week for planning ahead and learning from others. The Quantified Self Toronto meetup on Monday got me thinking about an Epic Quest of Awesome, and that spun off a long, thoughtful conversation about questions. I’m looking forward to fleshing that out a bit more over the next few weeks.

Oh, and I finally applied for my passport, picked up my Cultural Access Pass, and took care of a number of other errands. Have day pass, will Get Stuff Done.

The Emacs microhabit I’m going to focus on this week is selecting multiple things in Helm, since that’s one of its key features. =)

Blog posts

  1. Weekly review: Week ending January 16, 2015
  2. Minimizing upward or downward skew in your sketchnotes
  3. Improving my evil plans for Emacs
  4. Breaking down the skill of outlining
  5. Developing Emacs micro-habits: Abbreviations and templates
  6. Move your goalposts to get around an inability to finish projects How redefining your projects can help you satisfy a novelty-seeking brain, and how you can deal with interests or experiments that don’t have clear ends
  7. Emacs Chat with Steve Purcell
  8. Visualizing the internal citation network of my blog
  9. Filling in the occupational blanks

Sketches

  1. 2015.01.17 Evening tweaks – index card #routines
  2. 2015.01.17 My Evil Plans for Emacs are yielding results – index card #emacs #sharing
  3. 2015.01.17 Playing with the index card format – index card #drawing
  4. 2015.01.17 Thoughts from Sketchnote Hangout – colour – index card #color #drawing
  5. 2015.01.17 Weekend routines – index card #life #routines
  6. 2015.01.18 Digging into my thoughts about emptying one’s cup – #emacs #writing
  7. 2015.01.18 Emacs microhabit – Switching windows – index card #emacs #microhabit
  8. 2015.01.18 Journey to Emacs – Beginnings – index card #emacs #beginner
  9. 2015.01.18 Journey to Emacs – stages – index card #emacs
  10. 2015.01.18 Narratives – index card #storytelling #perspective
  11. 2015.01.18 The Sense of Style – index card #book #writing
  12. 2015.01.18 Thinking about evil-mode and Emacs – index card #emacs
  13. 2015.01.19 A good way to track writing revisions – index card #editing #tech
  14. 2015.01.19 Deeper outlines – index card #writing
  15. 2015.01.19 How can I get better at research – index card #learning
  16. 2015.01.19 Imagining an editing experiment – index card #delegation #writing #editing
  17. 2015.01.19 Improving my sharing – index card #writing #sharing
  18. 2015.01.19 Quantified Self Toronto – epic quests, kids, stopwatches, art projects
  19. 2015.01.20 Asking better questions – index card #asking
  20. 2015.01.20 Skill trees – asking questions – index card #skill
  21. 2015.01.20 Skill trees – web – index card #skill #coding
  22. 2015.01.20 Skill trees – writing – index card #skill
  23. 2015.01.20 What do I want from this quest list and skill tree visualization – index card
  24. 2015.01.21 Goal strategies – index card #popular-goals
  25. 2015.01.21 Playing with popular goals – Happiness – index card #popular-goals
  26. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Fame – index card #popular-goals
  27. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Health – index card #popular-goals
  28. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Knowledge or experience – index card #popular-goals
  29. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Meaning – index card #popular-goals
  30. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Power – index card #popular-goals
  31. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – Wealth – index card #popular-goals
  32. 2015.01.21 Popular goals – tranquility, equanimity – index card #popular-goals
  33. 2015.01.21 What if I tried on common goals – index card #popular-goals
  34. 2015.01.22 Book – Leading the Life You Want – Friedman 2014 – index card #book
  35. 2015.01.22 Buffet of other goals – index card #goals
  36. 2015.01.22 Goals and skills – index card #goals
  37. 2015.01.22 Imagining a good quest or skill discussion – index card #goals #conversation
  38. 2015.01.22 Thesis projects for 2015 – ideas – index card #sharing #plans
  39. 2015.01.23 Book – Leaving a Trace – Alexandra Johnson – index card #writing #book
  40. 2015.01.23 Passport – mail or pickup – index card #decision
  41. 2015.01.23 Rough notes on goals and questions – for follow up – index card #rough #notes
  42. 2015.01.23 Tech upgrade triggers – index card #decision
  43. 2015.01.23 What would help me enjoy travel – index card

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (40.9h – 24%)
    • Earn (9.3h – 22% of Business)
      • Deposit cheque
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (18.2h – 44% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.1h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.8h)
      • Fix cucumber for travis
      • Look into recently uploaded images
    • Connect (13.3h – 32% of Business)
      • Go to Quantified Self Toronto meetup
      • Post Quantified Self notes
      • Check out Sketchnote Hangout
      • Check out #lrnbook
  • Relationships (3.7h – 2%)
    • Call pharmacy
  • Discretionary – Productive (21.0h – 12%)
    • Emacs (5.9h – 3% of all)
      • Have Emacs Chat with Steve Purcell
      • Move my text-scale-increase binding
      • Check out speed-type
      • Figure out how to make pivot tables in Org
      • Figure out how to define abbreviations in Org Mode
      • Revise transcript for Steve Purcell
      • Look at Yasnippet doc TODOs
      • Try out Tern
    • Apply for passport – State “WAITING” from “STARTED” [2015-01-16 Fri 15:51]
    • Redeposit into TFSA
    • Invest in bonds in TFSA
    • Analyze index cards so far
    • Make Epic Quest of Awesome sheet
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Reflect on asking questions
    • Apply for passport
    • Type in goals
    • Brainstorm ideas for final project
    • Start git directory for drafts
    • Writing (8.1h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.6h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (22.8h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (14.7h – 8%)
  • Sleep (58.3h – 34% – average of 8.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 16, 2015

This was a good week for writing code: little utilities to help me manage my sketches and Evernote entries, some code for my consulting client, and so forth.

The Emacs microhabit I focused on was switching windows. I found that C-u C-u with ace-window (which I’ve bound to C-x o) is handy for deleting windows, and binding a windmove-type keymap to the yy keychord is useful for switching windows with my cursor keys.

Next week, I’ve got an Emacs Chat with Steve Purcell. Looking forward to it!

Blog posts

Link round-up

Sketches

  1. 2015.01.10 Favourite meals – index card #cooking
  2. 2015.01.10 How did schools of philosophy work in ancient Greece and Rome – index card #independence #philosophy
  3. 2015.01.10 Lessons from ancient Rome – index card #philosophy
  4. 2015.01.10 More about philosophers – index card #independence
  5. 2015.01.10 The idea of the Minimum Viable Post – index card #writing #blogging
  6. 2015.01.10 What is the goal of my tracking – index card #quantified
  7. 2015.01.10 What questions do I want to explore with data – index card #quantified
  8. 2015.01.10 Writing into the future – index card #writing #blogging
  9. 2015.01.11 Current state and future states – index card #writing
  10. 2015.01.11 Learning from what I like about books – index card #writing
  11. 2015.01.11 Making better use of Evernote – index card #evernote
  12. 2015.01.11 Neko sleeping – index card #cat
  13. 2015.01.11 Snacks we can make – index card #cooking
  14. 2015.01.11 What makes a good other-focused post – index card #writing
  15. 2015.01.12 Considering ideas for QS mini-guide – index card #quantified #planning
  16. 2015.01.12 Emacs microhabit – window management – index card #emacs
  17. 2015.01.12 How I stopped looking for answers – index card #reading
  18. 2015.01.12 More thoughts about QS mini-guide – index card #quantified #planning
  19. 2015.01.12 Quantified Self and small steps – index card #quantified
  20. 2015.01.12 Reverse outlining – index card #writing #organization #outlining
  21. 2015.01.12 Structure for QS mini-guide on small steps – index card #quantified
  22. 2015.01.12 Undirected questions versus directed questions – index card #writing
  23. 2015.01.12 Weekly reviews – index card #writing
  24. 2015.01.12 What am I learning about – index card #plans
  25. 2015.01.12 What will this QS guide look and feel like – index card #quantified #planning
  26. 2015.01.12 When is Emacs a good fit – index card #emacs #beginner
  27. 2015.01.13 Emacs and the beginner’s mind – index card #emacs #beginner
  28. 2015.01.13 Evaluating posts written for others – index card #writing #questions #blogging
  29. 2015.01.13 Hacklab – index card #connecting
  30. 2015.01.13 How can I do morning index cards more effectively – index card #drawing
  31. 2015.01.13 In terms of Emacs, where can I help – index card #emacs
  32. 2015.01.13 Layout studies for QS mini-guide – index card #study
  33. 2015.01.13 Other Emacs mindset tips – index card #emacs #beginner
  34. 2015.01.13 Using Node as a scripting tool – index card #javascript #nodejs #coding #scripting
  35. 2015.01.13 Visual studies for QS mini-guide – index card #study
  36. 2015.01.13 What’s getting in my way when it comes to reverse outlining – index card #outlining #writing #obstacle
  37. 2015.01.14 Breaking down excuses – index card #excuses #breakdown
  38. 2015.01.14 Filling in the occupational blanks – index card #experiment #occupation
  39. 2015.01.14 How to keep your drink safe from cats – index card #life #cats
  40. 2015.01.14 Projecting my trajectory – index card #writing #sharing #pipeline
  41. 2015.01.14 Projecting my writing trajectory – index card #writing
  42. 2015.01.14 Setting constraints for my writing chunks – index card #writing #constraints
  43. 2015.01.14 Understanding different types of inspiration – index card #inspiration #breakdown
  44. 2015.01.14 What does it mean when something takes too much time – index card #excuses #breakdown
  45. 2015.01.15 Helping people me more selective about email questions – index card #teaching #email
  46. 2015.01.15 How to Read and Why – Harold Bloom – index card #book #raw #reading
  47. 2015.01.15 Imagining coding amazingly – index card #wildsuccess #coding
  48. 2015.01.15 Imagining packaging amazingly – index card #packaging #wildsuccess
  49. 2015.01.15 Imagining working out loud amazingly – #wildsuccess #sharing #writing
  50. 2015.01.15 Imagining writing amazingly – index card #writing #wildsuccess
  51. 2015.01.15 Planning a bibliography Org file – index card #emacs #org #reading
  52. 2015.01.15 Slowing down e-mail – index card #email #connecting #pace
  53. 2015.01.15 Think Better – Tim Hurson – index card #book #raw #thinking #creativity
  54. 2015.01.15 What if I required people to pay it forward – #workingoutloud #sharing #teaching
  55. 2015.01.15 Writing on Both Sides of Your Brain – Henriette Anne Klauser – index card #book #raw
  56. 2015.01.16 How can I improve my experience of e-mail – index card #email #kaizen
  57. 2015.01.16 How much time does it take – index card #response #question
  58. 2015.01.16 Morning routines – index card #life #routines
  59. 2015.01.16 Reflecting on reflecting with index cards – index card #thinking #drawing
  60. 2015.01.16 Thinking about why I don’t meditate – index card #reason #meditation

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (37.0h – 21%)
    • Earn (7.1h – 19% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (20.2h – 54% of Business)
      • Drawing (10.1h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (1.9h)
        • Change sketchnotes to Dropbox
      • Paperwork (0.2h)
      • Upload image to Flickr using node
      • Make a cal-heatmap of my Flickr
      • Simplify Gemfile in order to improve Travis CI performance for Quantified Awesome
      • Parse XML from Evernote and extract all the journal entries
      • Fix cucumber for travis
    • Connect (9.7h – 26% of Business)
      • Talk to journalist about Quantified Self
      • Send resources to journalist
      • Photograph for Star
      • Go to Quantified Self Toronto meetup
      • Check out Sketchnote Hangout
      • Brainstorm ideas for final project in learning course
      • Check out #lrnbook
  • Relationships (1.6h – 0%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (21.8h – 13%)
    • Emacs (1.6h – 0% of all)
      • Set up next Emacs Hangout and announce on mailing list
      • Make sure Emacs Chat is set up on iTunes
      • Set up schedule
      • Update EmacsWiki:Yasnippet
      • Blog about most recent Emacs Hangout
      • [#A] Create Emacs Chat event on Google+ for chat with Steve Purcell
      • Get node to store Org links, oooh
      • Finish Avdi’s transcript
      • Revise transcript for Magnar Sveen
      • Research tidbits for Emacs Chat
      • Clean up uDemy formatting for Emacs Basics
      • Have Emacs Chat with Steve Purcell
      • Contribute to Yasnippet docs
      • Try out Tern
    • Writing (11.2h)
      • Outline mini-guide for QS small steps
      • Revise writing post to include images
    • Ask two guarantors for passport
    • Dip into Learning How to Learn course
      • Complete quiz 3
    • Pick up my lunch
    • Redeposit into TFSA
    • Review dangling sketches and posts
    • Start bibliography Org file
    • Apply for passport
    • Invest in bonds in TFSA
  • Discretionary – Play (4.7h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (25.4h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (15.0h – 8%)
  • Sleep (62.5h – 37% – average of 8.9 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 9, 2015

This was the first week back from vacation. It had a good balance of writing (2 days), coding (2 days), and consulting (1 day). I wrote a couple of long posts that you’ll see over the next few weeks. I fixed some bugs on Quantified Awesome, and I used the Flickr API to remove duplicates and link photos with my blog posts. Fun!

I started a new habit of drawing my thoughts on at least five index cards each day. It’s a good way to get my brain going in the morning. After scanning them, I split them by topic into piles on my desk. It’s an easy way to see where my thoughts are building up so that I can pull them together into blog posts.

I filed some tax-related paperwork, too: my second T4, and my first T5. I’m looking forward to finding out whether I’ve figured this all out correctly once the other tax slips come in.

Also, it was J-‘s birthday, so we had sushi and cheesecake. Yay!

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2015.01.03 Making better use of basement – index card
  2. 2015.01.03 Making better use of kitchen – index card
  3. 2015.01.03 Making better use of phone – index card
  4. 2015.01.03 Sketched Book – So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love – Cal NewportBlogged
  5. 2015.01.03 Social – index card
  6. 2015.01.03 Social bookmarking – index card
  7. 2015.01.03 Why Emacs – index card
  8. 2015.01.04 Automating text – index card
  9. 2015.01.04 Rhythm for learning – index card
  10. 2015.01.04 Thinking in terms of an exchange of time – index card
  11. 2015.01.04 What kind of difference do I want to make, and for whom – index card
  12. 2015.01.05 A reflection on diminishing returns versus compounding growth – index card
  13. 2015.01.05 Developing my imagination and initiative – index cardBlogged
  14. 2015.01.05 Different ideas about mastery – index card
  15. 2015.01.05 Figuring out the technical details of this idea or visual archive I want – index card
  16. 2015.01.05 How can I get better at summary posts – index card
  17. 2015.01.05 Managing my idea pipeline – index cardBlogged
  18. 2015.01.05 Quick idea studies – index cardBlogged
  19. 2015.01.05 Seeing opportunities for abbreviations and text automation – index card
  20. 2015.01.05 Surprise experiment, self-directed life – index card
  21. 2015.01.05 Thinking about my archive – index cardBlogged
  22. 2015.01.05 What can I learn from artists about learning – index cardBlogged
  23. 2015.01.05 Why studies for drawing or writing thoughts – index cardBlogged
  24. 2015.01.06 Abbrevations – index card
  25. 2015.01.06 Competence and mastery – index card
  26. 2015.01.06 Figuring out information flow – index card
  27. 2015.01.06 Is this enough for me – index card
  28. 2015.01.06 Phrases – index card
  29. 2015.01.06 Planning my safety nets – index card
  30. 2015.01.06 Safe, a little better, comfortable – index card
  31. 2015.01.07 Code insertion – index card
  32. 2015.01.07 Mapping the connections in my blog – index card
  33. 2015.01.07 Real Work – index card
  34. 2015.01.07 Sketched Book – The Progress Principle – Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work – Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer
  35. 2015.01.07 Templates – index card
  36. 2015.01.07 Text transformation as part of expansion – index card
  37. 2015.01.08 How to use what you read – index card
  38. 2015.01.08 Imagining Emacs hangouts – index card
  39. 2015.01.08 Imagining coaching or guiding others – index card
  40. 2015.01.08 Learning as an event – index card
  41. 2015.01.08 Team-building activities – index card
  42. 2015.01.09 Cross-pollination of ideas – index card
  43. 2015.01.09 Take notes while you read books – index card
  44. 2015.01.09 Time is greater than money – index card
  45. 2015.01.09 What am I learning more about, and how can people help – index card
  46. 2015.01.09 What do I do on my non-consulting days – index card

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (36.8h – 21%)
    • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Revise transcript for Magnar Sveen
    • Earn (6.7h – 18% of Business)
      • Prepare invoice
    • Build (24.4h – 66% of Business)
      • Drawing (10.3h)
        • Organize my sketches for 2014
        • Post The Obstacle Is The Way to blog
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (1.8h)
      • Paperwork (5.8h)
        • File T5 for 2014
        • File T4 for 2014
      • Parse XML from Evernote and extract all the journal entries
      • Remove duplicates from Flickr list
      • Fix csa_foods
      • AJAXify clothing log
      • Fix the menu on small screens
      • Change error message since I don’t get notified about stuff
      • Clear up Documents/Documents confusion
      • Re-cross-reference blog posts with Flickr. What’s a nice, sustainable way of doing this?
    • Connect (5.7h – 15% of Business)
      • Talk to journalist about Quantified Self
      • Find contact information and timezone
  • Relationships (7.7h – 4%)
    • Check protocol and copy dates
  • Discretionary – Productive (26.4h – 15%)
    • Emacs (1.3h – 0% of all)
      • Revise transcript for Thomas Kjeldahl Nilsson
      • Blog about most recent Emacs Hangout
      • Developing Emacs micro-habits: Text automation
    • Get passport pictures
    • Scan passport
    • Apply for passport
    • Pick up my lunch
    • Writing (16.8h)
      • Smooth out image workflow for writing
  • Discretionary – Play (9.7h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (20.7h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (8.4h – 5%)
  • Sleep (58.2h – 34% – average of 8.3 per day)

Review: Week ending January 2, 2015

This week was about making little improvements. We installed weather-stripping to stop the drafts under the exterior walls. We added more lights to the basement, including an undercabinet light at my desk. I organized the tangle of USB cables plugged into a hub behind my monitor, tucking them into a box with a few input and output holes so that there’s less visual clutter. I also set up my Cintiq 12WX again. Using it to draw book sketchnotes is more pleasant than using my tablet PC. I wrote some Emacs Lisp to help me with my monthly reviews, and some Javascript to add blog links to more than a hundred of my sketches. I set up a Tasker scene to help me track my time on QuantifiedAwesome.com with just two clicks. Fun!

I posted my annual review. I think my focus for 2015 is going to be on little improvements and micro-habits. Getting really good at that will likely have all sorts of benefits.

Next week, W- will be back at work, and I’ll probably spend Thursday consulting. The rest of the time, I’m looking forward to revising transcripts, sketching books, and planning my next series of 2-4 week experiments.

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (12.6h – 7%)
    • Earn (2.4h – 19% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (4.8h – 38% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.9h)
        • Sketchnote So Good They Can’t Ignore You
        • Sketchnote The Checklist Manifesto
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • File payroll return
      • Fix forgot password process
    • Connect (5.4h – 42% of Business)
  • Relationships (39.5h – 23%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (11.6h – 6%)
    • Emacs (2.1h – 1% of all)
      • Revise transcript for Magnar Sveen
      • Revise transcript for Thomas Kjeldahl Nilsson
      • Reach out to possible Emacs Chat people
    • Get Org Mode to talk to my Vagrant VM
    • Make something that updates my Flickr photo descriptions in bulk
    • Write Emacs Lisp code for monthly review
    • Get passport pictures
    • Apply for passport
    • Pick up cultural access pass from Front and Parliament
    • Writing (7.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (12.3h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (23.4h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (8.8h – 5%)
  • Sleep (59.9h – 36% – average of 8.6 per day)