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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…

Blog posts

Link round-up

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.

Blog posts

Link round-up

  • 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

Blog posts

Link round-up

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.

Blog posts

Link round-up

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)

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)