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Weekly review: Week ending January 1, 2016

We’re hosting a get-together for W-‘s family today, so last week was all about tidying up, preparing food ahead of time, and getting things ready. W- has been on a home improvement kick, painting some of the walls and ceilings that were recently patched, updating the track lights that go down the basement stairs, and installing a set of track lights in the living room. For my part, I’ve been getting rid of stuff, organizing and updating inventories, and helping out with whatever I could. All this decluttering and rearranging prompted us to learn more about interior design. We watched the six-part Design Rules series from BBC on YouTube, and will probably look up a few more resources as we gradually reshape our living areas.

I’ve been thinking about ways to repurpose my sewing scraps. Cutting them into 4″x4″ squares and using them for patchwork seems like a good, frugal way to keep things under control. My first patchwork piece is a little on the visually busy side, but mabe that’s not a bad thing. Over the next few weeks, I’ll process the rest of my scraps, and then we’ll see what I can do with the pieces.

The end of the year is a good time for an annual review, so I’ll probably be focusing on that this week. I’m looking forward to making sense of last year and picking a few ideas to follow up on this year. I suspect the year turned out better than I sometimes think it did; distance, data, and my archive will help me get a better sense of that. We’ll see what comes out!

2016-01-02a Week ending 2016-01-01 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (10.2h – 6%)
    • Earn (6.1h – 59% of Business)
      • ☐ Prepare invoice
      • ☐ Do monthly data dump
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (3.0h – 29% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
      • ☑ Index card visualization
      • ☑ Learn Coffeescript
    • Connect (1.1h – 11% of Business)
  • Relationships (7.9h – 4%)
    • ☑ Research good practices
    • ☑ Copy recordings to phone
    • ☑ Move the heated cat bed into our bedroom
    • ☑ Revisit seats
    • ☑ Plan party for Jan 3
      • ☑ Move stuff out of the way
      • ☑ Make pumpkin pie
      • ☑ Defrost korma
      • ☑ Make banchan
  • Discretionary – Productive (16.3h – 9%)
    • Emacs (2.1h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Insert and categorize link
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ See Org linked files in a Dired buffer
      • ☑ Write Emacs Lisp to help with quilt planning
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (9.6h)
      • ☑ Lunch bag for J-
      • ☑ Sew quilt blocks
      • ☑ Cut 4×4 squares
    • Writing (3.0h)
    • ☑ Figure out other things I can read in my e-reader
    • ☑ Figure out other things I can read on my phone
    • ☑ Research NAS recommendations
    • ☑ Review the organization of my Org files
    • ☑ Organize old files
    • ☑ Review stuff in basement cabinets, update inventory, and get rid of more things
    • ☑ Type or copy song lyrics
  • Discretionary – Play (12.1h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (23.5h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (26.9h – 15%)
  • Sleep (71.1h – 42% – average of 10.2 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending December 25, 2015

This week was more of a social one. My parents, sisters, and their families are in California for a vacation, so I called to say hi. We also hosted a houseguest I know from the Emacs community, and that worked out okay too. I ran into a few technical issues when hosting an Emacs Hangout, but fortunately we managed to get those sorted out.

A light week in terms of work – it was a little difficult to concentrate – but otherwise okay. More progress on various projects, yay! I’ve been taking advantage of small chunks of concentration time to automate or research various bits for my setup, so we’ll see if that pays off.

Looking forward to doing my year-end reviews this coming week. It’s been an odd year, but maybe it will make more sense when I look back. =)

2015-12-26a Week ending 2015-12-25 -- index card #journal #weekly

output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (13.1h – 7%)
    • Earn (4.7h – 36% of Business)
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Prepare invoice
    • Build (7.0h – 53% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.1h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (1.4h – 10% of Business)
  • Relationships (17.5h – 10%)
    • ☑ Copy gear research to Evernote
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.6h – 8%)
    • Emacs (5.9h – 3% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ Make a list of recent Reddit links
      • ☑ Update org-protocol patch based on feedback
      • ☑ 2015-12-21 Emacs Hangout
      • ☑ Correctly link to package based on source – yes, ELPA does actually add packages
      • ☑ Refile and jump
      • ☑ Add an insert-link protocol
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Preparation and automation
      • ☑ Anticipate a worst-case scenario and write down ways to mitigate it
      • ☑ Update script to renew library items
      • ☑ Write a user script for quickly displaying the status of library videos
      • ☑ Set up bitlbee
      • ☑ Fix gpg agent issue
      • ☑ Organize business tax information so that I have all my notes handy for next year
      • ☑ Explore fluxbox
      • ☑ Investigate kde baloo error with watches
      • ☑ Figure out if it’s the new Plasma or something else that’s jittering my X refresh
      • ☑ Find my Twiddler and set that up again
    • Sewing (2.1h)
    • Writing (3.9h)
      • ☑ Check out love languages thing
  • Discretionary – Play (14.0h – 8%)
  • Personal routines (34.5h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (19.0h – 11%)
  • Sleep (56.3h – 33% – average of 8.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending December 18, 2015

Slow and fuzzy-brained over the weekend due to a bad cold, but W- and J- kept the house in order. They even made General Tsao’s Chicken, which is quite labour-intensive. We watched a few of the new DVDs I picked up during my library raids, too.

I think I’m mostly over the cold now. It was a good opportunity to update what I can do with different energy levels (see all my fuzzy-brain-related sketches). I think it’s mostly about keeping my expectations low, and investing in processes and goodwill during non-fuzzy-brain periods. W- caught the cold from me. He’s dealing with it far better than I did, but still, it’s good to take things easy. My turn to pick up the slack!

Now that I’m on a proper operating system, I’ve been having fun writing little command-line scripts to automate bits and pieces of my life. I’m looking forward to building more of these pieces and gradually bringing them together. =) I should probably learn more about PhantomJS and CoffeeScript, too…

2015-12-19a Week ending 2015-12-18 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (16.4h – 9%)
    • Earn (7.5h – 45% of Business)
    • Build (5.5h – 33% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.9h)
      • Paperwork (0.1h)
    • Connect (3.4h – 20% of Business)
      • ☑ Reflect on Quantified Self questions from Christina
      • ☑ Talk to Christina about Quantified Self
  • Relationships (4.7h – 2%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.3h – 9%)
    • Emacs (2.0h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ Announce Hangout
      • ☑ Follow up on org-protocol patch
      • ☑ Doublecheck that the Yeti microphone works
      • ☑ Set up capture template for energy
      • ☐ Host Emacs Hangout
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (5.8h)
      • ☑ Sew two more covers
      • ☑ Peasant top
    • Writing (3.8h)
    • ☑ Write a script to parse the flyer
    • ☑ Make a script that shows me walking and transit times
    • ☑ Script importing items into my grocery list
    • ☑ Make a list of things that are good to do when fuzzy-brained
  • Discretionary – Play (17.3h – 10%)
  • Personal routines (28.6h – 17%)
  • Unpaid work (16.4h – 9%)
    • ☑ Tidy up extra room
  • Sleep (69.2h – 41% – average of 9.9 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending December 11, 2015

Slow week, down with a bad cold. Still managed to keep things together long enough to have a good chat with John Wiegley and post notes from that. I’ll catch up on consulting next week.

2015-12-12a Week ending 2015-12-11 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (12.1h – 7%)
    • Earn (3.4h – 28% of Business)
      • ☑ Use scraped avatars
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.1h – 66% of Business)
      • Drawing (4.3h)
      • Paperwork (0.4h)
    • Connect (0.6h – 5% of Business)
  • Relationships (7.1h – 4%)
    • ☐ Bake a pie or something like that
  • Discretionary – Productive (17.0h – 10%)
    • Emacs (4.8h – 2% of all)
      • ☑ Add layer resize as a button to Emacs
      • ☑ Set up org-gcal
      • ☑ Learn how to fix commits in magit
      • ☑ Read patches to get the hang of things
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ Update patch based on Aaron’s feedback
      • ☑ Announce johnw/sachac EmacsCast
      • ☑ Set up for chat with John Wiegley
      • ☑ Chat with John Wiegley about Emacs maintainership etc.
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • ☑ Set up clamav for scanning
    • ☑ Review, organize, and document my backups
    • ☑ Set up printer
    • ☑ Document backups
    • ☑ Review top-level Dropbox directories and trim as needed
    • ☑ Consider shifting my TFSA to investments
    • ☑ Organize my Org files
    • ☑ Write a script for stalking library videos
    • Sewing (5.0h)
    • Writing (3.7h)
  • Discretionary – Play (8.9h – 5%)
  • Personal routines (30.9h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (15.9h – 9%)
  • Sleep (76.0h – 45% – average of 10.9 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending December 4, 2015

After experimenting with Krita to see if it could handle my simple sketchnoting needs, I shifted to dual-booting Linux last weekend instead of being only on Windows. It’s been fun so far! I’ve been able to move most of my workflows over, although I think I’ll still keep my Windows partition for things like Quickbooks and TurboTax. (Until I get up the confidence to do my corporate taxes by hand, maybe.) I’ve slowly been accumulating little scripts to make my life easier, and I should post them on Github at some point. It’s so nice to be able to script things properly again!

I’ve also been playing around with more detailed task lists. Recognition is easier than recall, so having a more fleshed-out task list makes sense especially during fuzzy-brained times. Over the next few weeks, I’ll probably figure out a good way to make sense of these granular tasks during my weekly and monthly reviews. We’ll see!

It’s been an excellent week for geeking around. =)

2015-12-05a Week ending 2015-12-04 -- index card #journal #weekly

output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (27.6h – 16%)
    • Earn (12.2h – 44% of Business)
      • ☑ Update data extract
      • ☑ Reupload to B
      • ☑ Scrape avatars
      • ☐ Use scraped avatars
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (14.4h – 52% of Business)
      • Drawing (2.3h)
      • Paperwork (0.3h)
        • ☑ Back up laptop files
    • Connect (0.9h – 3% of Business)
  • Relationships (7.9h – 4%)
    • ☑ Buy stuff
    • ☑ Go to Jen’s thing
    • ☑ Meet M
    • ☑ Call to check on U
    • ☑ Write letter and package gift
    • ☑ Check with W- about JordiGH
    • ☑ Copy insurance information
  • Discretionary – Productive (18.0h – 10%)
    • Emacs (7.7h – 4% of all)
      • ☑ Investigate org toc local section
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ Make a fill-in drill based on an Org table
      • ☑ Make invoice template in Org Mode
      • ☑ Look into org-agenda-sorting-strategy and tag-up
      • ☑ Update patch based on feedback
      • ☑ Sort out stylus clicks in Emacs
      • ☐ Add layer resize as a button to Emacs
      • ☐ Announce Hangout
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Debug Emacs crashes
    • Linux stuff
      • ☑ Sort out my wireless issues
      • ☑ Figure out Evernote
      • ☑ Replace flickr.bat
      • ☑ Figure out Dropbox
      • ☑ Mount with Truecrypt
      • ☑ Set up screen rotation
      • ☑ Set up server backup partition and space
      • ☑ Back up Flickr files somewhere
      • ☑ Clean up old WordPress sites on the server
      • ☑ Back up etckeeper with git
      • ☑ Look into automating krita
      • ☑ Explore Krita interface – automate resizing a layer
      • ☑ Learn about Klipper clipboard actions
      • ☑ Get headphones working
      • ☑ Generate gpg key with expiration date
      • ☑ Automate addition of output.png
      • ☑ Swap previous/next and pageup/pagedown buttons
      • ☑ Set up a GPG-encrypted file with one-time passcodes
      • ☑ Set up zshrc prompt
      • ☑ Figure out a better mail solution that synchronizes with Google’s inbox
      • ☑ Upgrade to 15.10
      • ☑ Look into Chrome + emacsclient integration
      • ☑ Fix flickr-upload.js
      • ☑ Fix org-protocol on KDE – port field was empty
      • ☑ Re-memorize declensions
      • ☑ Figure out wacom settings for KDE5
      • ☑ Set up znc
      • ☑ Look into hibernation
      • ☑ Port over growth-projections.xlsx
      • ☐ Review, organize, and document my backups
    • Sewing (3.5h)
      • ☑ Order more Kam snaps
      • ☑ Look for fabric
      • ☑ Sew wrap dress
      • ☑ Wash new fabric
      • ☑ Analyze fabric costs
      • ☐ Sew two more covers
    • Writing (5.8h)
    • ☑ Re-memorize declensions
  • Discretionary – Play (4.0h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (29.6h – 17%)
  • Unpaid work (22.2h – 13%)
  • Sleep (58.6h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending November 27, 2015

Lots of fun with the prototype I’ve been making on my consulting gig, yay! I’ve been learning more about mobile interfaces with Angular modules like ng-touch, and I might play around with Cordova as well. I missed a meeting because I forgot to check my Outlook calendar before heading out, but ah well.

I figured out how to reflect my HST refund in Quickbooks, and I updated my accounting notes. That should make next year’s paperwork a little bit easier.

Lots of cooking (yum, lasagna!), and a bit of sewing as well. I’m experimenting with ordering fabric from fabric.com, so we’ll see how that goes.

2015-11-29a Week ending 2015-11-27 -- index card #journal #weekly

output

 

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (23.7h – 14%)
    • Earn (20.2h – 85% of Business)
      • ☑ [#A] Move to B
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Prepare invoice
    • Build (2.4h – 10% of Business)
      • Drawing (1.5h)
      • Paperwork (1.0h)
        • ☑ Update corporate tax installments
    • Connect (1.0h – 4% of Business)
  • Relationships (7.4h – 4%)
    • ☑ Research gear
    • ☑ Buy stuff
  • Discretionary – Productive (17.6h – 10%)
    • Emacs (6.8h – 4% of all)
      • ☑ Improve EmacsWiki
        • ☑ Update information on customizing initfile
      • ☑ Investigate org toc local section
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • ☑ Sew another peasant blouse
    • ☑ Catalogue installed programs and clean them up
    • ☑ Sort out backup system for blog
    • Sewing (2.6h)
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (11.8h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (27.8h – 16%)
  • Unpaid work (14.7h – 8%)
  • Sleep (64.9h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)