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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)

Weekly review: Week ending December 26, 2014

A little less DIY-ing this week (waiting for tools, trying to figure out what to do with the floor, hours of browsing in Home Depot and Rona). Aside from that: family get-together, interesting conversations at Hacklab, revamping the Tableau reports at work.

Next week, I finally get to do my annual review. =) Looking forward to it!

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (18.4h – 10%)
    • Earn (7.0h – 38% of Business)
    • Build (4.5h – 24% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.9h)
        • Post Take Charge of Your Talent to blog
        • Sketchnote Take Charge of Your Talent
        • Update collection
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (0.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.3h)
        • File payroll return
      • Fix random link on blog
      • Fix forgot password process
      • Fix link to introvert stuff on about page
    • Connect (6.9h – 37% of Business)
  • Relationships (30.5h – 18%)
    • Buy LG WH16NS40 internal BluRay drive for W-
  • Discretionary – Productive (14.3h – 8%)
    • Emacs (0.0h – 0% of all)
      • Revise transcript for Thomas Kjeldahl Nilsson
    • Draw yearly review for 2014
    • Visualize the connected components in my blog
    • Collect words and examples from tweets about Emacs
    • Writing (11.0h)
      • Work on Think like an Emacs Geek
  • Discretionary – Play (11.5h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (21.1h – 12%)
  • Unpaid work (10.3h – 6%)
  • Sleep (61.9h – 36% – average of 8.8 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending December 19, 2014

W- and I have been preparing the concrete floor in the laundry area, scraping off paint and old flooring. We’ve also been mudding and sanding the drywall in the downstairs bathroom. It’s tiring work, but also good exercise and a good use of vacation time. Next week will be

Oh! This week was great for packaging. I copied my Makefile for EPUB and PDF generation, tweaked it a little bit, and published Emacs Chat transcripts. I also exported my 2014 blog archive (at least so far) as an EPUB so that I could re-read all of it in preparation for my yearly review. The format worked really well. I should tweak it and release it, just in case people feel like flipping through that. Besides, it’ll be handy for my archives anyway.

Next week will be more flooring and drywall, I think. So less drawing and writing, more family time, but that works too. =)

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (31.9h – 18%)
    • Earn (11.4h – 35% of Business)
      • Look into IE8 Standards Mode-related bug
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (14.1h – 44% of Business)
      • Drawing (10.2h)
        • Sketchnote Write Faster Write Better
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (1.4h)
        • Convert blog to EPUB
        • Package EPUB
        • Package ZIP
        • Review transcript for Carsten Dominik
        • Convert How to Read Emacs Lisp to nicely-formatted EPUB
        • Set up EPUB workflow for Read Lisp, Tweak Emacs
        • Revise transcript for Magnar Sveen
      • Paperwork (0.9h)
      • Request Writing on Both Sides of the Brain
      • Clean up disk space
    • Connect (6.4h – 20% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.0h – 2%)
    • Bring bubble wrap to Hacklab
    • Buy LG WH16NS40 internal BluRay drive for W-
  • Discretionary – Productive (19.9h – 11%)
    • Emacs (7.9h – 4% of all)
      • Set up Emacs tools for sketchedbooks
    • Japanese
      • Collect words and examples from tweets about Emacs
      • Go through Basic Japanese
      • Go through Japanese for Busy People II
      • Write about my goals for studying Japanese
    • Writing (4.4h)
  • Discretionary – Play (12.0h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (26.1h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (11.3h – 6%)
  • Sleep (61.8h – 36% – average of 8.8 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending December 12, 2014

This was a good week for programming and packaging. On my consulting gig, I got back into the swing of making small prototypes on the social business platform we use. I’ve been practising writing short Javascript functions, and they make my brain much happier. I also coached the other developer on our team over lots of instant messages and a few WebExes, and she’s picking up things nicely. I made progress on an annoying bug that has been plaguing us for a few months, too.

I’ve been working on getting more stuff out the door, too. I packaged the Emacs Chat transcripts as an EPUB/MOBI and sorted out a good workflow for publishing them. (Come to think of it, I should consider making a PDF version too.) While sketching a book, I noticed that “sketched book” is a fun way to refer to those visual book notes; since the domain was available, I registered sketchedbooks.com and set it up.

I want to get the hang of publishing things in chunks that are larger than a blog post. Collections are easy to start with. The next step would be to work on things with outlines and chapters and flows.

My energy’s slowly starting to return, yay! Slept more than normal – average of 9.3 hours a day – but that was because I was in bed for about 17 hours (!) last Sunday. I should be back to my regular ~8.3 hours of sleep a night soon.

Blog posts

Sketches

Link round-up

… good haul this week. =)

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (34.5h – 20%)
    • Earn (17.5h – 50% of Business)
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (13.1h – 38% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.7h)
        • Sketch JFS book
        • Make cover image
      • Paperwork (0.3h)
        • Actually submit tax return
      • Packaging
        • Format Emacs Chat transcripts as EPUB and sort out Org to EPUB workflow
        • Set up mailing list for sketchedbooks.com
        • Set up sketchedbooks.com – temporary site for now
        • Set up proper redirection so that I can do clever things with the URLs
        • Figure out EPUB workflow for publishing Emacs Chat transcripts
        • Set up EPUB workflow for Read Lisp, Tweak Emacs
      • Set up Authenticator
      • Set up app password so I can read Gmail from Gnus again
      • Fix OAuth login for Google – Quantified Awesome
      • Add Javascript for locating a blog post in my outline
      • Clean up disk space
      • Re-enter comments into Disqus
    • Connect (3.9h – 11% of Business)
  • Relationships (7.3h – 4%)
    • Chat with Sahil Sinha
  • Discretionary – Productive (18.3h – 10%)
    • Emacs (4.4h – 2% of all)
      • Finish transcript for Emacs chat
      • Revise transcript for Iannis Zannos
      • Revise transcript for Emacs Chat: Karl Voit
      • Patch https://github.com/jwiegley/use-package to mention :ensure t
    • Writing (10.1h)
      • Write about skewed notes
  • Discretionary – Play (6.6h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (29.9h – 17%)
  • Unpaid work (6.5h – 3%)
  • Sleep (64.9h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)