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Weekly review: Week ending February 26, 2016

My time records this week are all out of whack. I was away from phone, computer, and paper for a few days. For an awesome reason, though! =) The next few weeks will probably be a crash course on the practical aspects of keeping a human being alive and thriving. There’s only so much you can learn from books, websites, and videos, after all.

I’m going to try to keep that daily journal habit going, as well as the occasional braindump. I don’t want to post too many details (the eternal memory of search engines!), but I’m looking forward to finding a good balance so that I can continue to think and learn out loud as we start on this new adventure. Here we go!

2016-02-29b Week ending 2016-02-26 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (7.3h – 4%)
    • Earn (0.0h – 0% of Business)
    • Build (7.2h – 99% of Business)
      • Drawing (3.9h)
      • Paperwork (1.2h)
        • ☑ Plan payroll for 2016
    • Connect (0.1h – 0% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.0h – 2%)
    • ☑ Update family
  • Discretionary – Productive (2.3h – 1%)
    • Emacs (0.2h – 0% of all)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (2.1h)
      • ☑ Braindump and process things that have happened
    • ☑ Make a mini-app for NPM today view
    • ☑ Plan a simple tracking interface
    • ☑ Build data analysis tool for baby data
    • ☑ Easily dump CSV for baby data
    • ☑ Consider dentist change
  • Discretionary – Play (4.4h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (48.3h – 28%)
  • Unpaid work (57.8h – 34%)
  • Sleep (43.0h – 25% – average of 6.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 19, 2016

This week was about shifting my systems and routines a little bit in order to support more learning. I’ve been thinking about how to build a regular today-I-learned habit as a way to keep myself moving forward a little bit at a time, and have been putting together little tools to make it easier for me to discover and share tidbits.

After reflecting on the various games I’d tried out on the tablet, I uninstalled a whole bunch of games that weren’t tickling my brain the way I wanted. I might keep Rising Super Chef around because I like the time management aspect, although I’d also be up for something with less randomness and either more skill or more humour. Possibly some kind of a word or math game, too. Anyway, I’ve been shifting towards using the tablet for reading Toronto Public Library e-books through OverDrive, browsing the Web (especially for answers to specific questions), and watching videos on Youtube.

I managed to go on a few long walks, despite the cold. I got through quite a lot of reading on the Kindle, too. I need to refresh the selection of items I have on it since I’m at the end of the fiction I’d lined up, but I can always go through the manuals for Emacs and Org Mode.

It was the fourth year mark for my 5-year experiment in semi-retirement, too, so I’ve been putting together a review covering the past year as well, an overall look at the past four years, and plans for the next year. It’s been a good year and a good experiment so far. It’s hard to imagine a better way to prepare for the next step. Milestones, yay!

2016-02-20a Week ending 2016-02-19 -- index card #journal #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (16.9h – 10%)
    • Earn (5.9h – 34% of Business)
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.4h – 49% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.1h)
        • ☑ File federal annual return
    • Connect (2.6h – 15% of Business)
  • Relationships (6.6h – 3%)
    • ☑ Take pictures of stuff from Jen
  • Discretionary – Productive (8.6h – 5%)
    • Emacs (2.0h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • Writing (4.1h)
    • Coding
      • ☑ See sketches in a range of dates
      • ☑ Authenticate
      • ☑ Make a mini-app for NPM today view
    • Latin
      • ☑ Re-memorize declensions
      • ☑ Memorize pronouns
    • ☑ Consider RRSP contribution
  • Discretionary – Play (32.3h – 19%)
  • Personal routines (31.2h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (7.4h – 4%)
  • Sleep (65.0h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 12, 2016

With W- recovering from a bad cough and my sleep quality going a bit downhill due to other reasons, it’s been mostly about maintenance mode this week. I got a little bit of coding done for both my consulting client and a personal project, but nothing spectacular. I’ve been taking it pretty easy instead: reading e-books, checking out games that friends have recommended, and just generally keeping the house going. On the plus side, the ease of putting together a roast vegetable salad means I’ve been eating a lot more vegetables lately. Yay!

2016-02-13a Week ending 2016-02-12 -- index card #journal #weekly

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (26.5h – 15%)
    • Earn (12.4h – 46% of Business)
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (12.6h – 47% of Business)
      • Drawing (8.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.3h)
    • Connect (1.6h – 5% of Business)
  • Relationships (4.6h – 2%)
    • ☑ Renew pet licence for Neko
    • ☑ Reflect on prickly thoughts
    • ☑ Call mom
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.9h – 4%)
    • Emacs (1.1h – 0% of all)
    • Sewing (0.0h)
    • ☑ Check other window manager for freezing
    • Writing (2.3h)
  • Discretionary – Play (13.2h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (34.2h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (15.4h – 9%)
  • Sleep (67.1h – 39% – average of 9.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 5, 2016

I walked a lot this week – an average of two hours a day, exploring different destinations. It was a bit tiring, but it was good to get out in the sun. =) It was surprisingly warm when I was out by the Stockyards; practically shirt weather.

Lots of cooking this week. Now that our freezer’s mostly full, I’ve been focusing on exploring new recipes. Of the different things I tried this week, I like the roast vegetable salad the most. Nothing fancy, just assorted vegetables roasted and tossed together, but I enjoyed eating it.

More tidying and more preparing. Some sewing, too. I sewed an extra-large pouch, and that was a good opportunity to learn how to add a zipper pull to continuous zipper tape. Now that I know how to do that, I’m tempted to keep a few yards of zipper tape and a small thing of zipper pulls. So handy.

W- bought Final Fantasy 9 during the recent Playstation Network sale, so now we’re playing that. At first I wanted to see how far I could get without a walkthrough. It’s the sort of game that can be much harder if you miss certain items or options, though, so we’re back to referring to the walkthrough regularly.

Some more consulting, too. Transitioning more tasks, updating some neat data visualizations I’d almost forgotten about… Things are going well. =)

2016-02-06a Week ending 2016-02-05 -- index card #journal #weekly output

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Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (18.1h – 10%)
    • Earn (9.2h – 51% of Business)
      • ☑ Prepare invoice
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.4h – 46% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.2h)
    • Connect (0.5h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (8.0h – 4%)
    • ☑ Fix up room
  • Discretionary – Productive (9.4h – 5%)
    • Emacs (1.3h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (2.6h)
    • Writing (5.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (11.8h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (35.0h – 20%)
  • Unpaid work (15.7h – 9%)
  • Sleep (69.9h – 41% – average of 10.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 29, 2016

Another week of preparation. I’ve been gradually turning over more and more of my consulting work to the team, and they’re doing a wonderful job. =) So excited! I hope I’ll be able to check back in with them afterwards to see where they take all of this.

This week’s freezer-filling frenzy was all about lumpia. There are 130 spring rolls in the freezer at the moment. I still have some filling and a package of 50 wrappers in the fridge, so I’ll see how many of those I can fit. Not much freezer space left, though!

Helped J- review for her physics final exam. It was a little frustrating when some of our answers didn’t line up with the answers provided on the review sheet. This is the last physics course she needs to take with this teacher, though, so we’re not stressing out too much about it.

More long walks this week, since I’ve been making that a priority – an average of almost 8k steps a day, with slightly over an hour a day of walking at about 2.6mph (according to the pedometer app I have on my phone). I usually go to the library to drop off and pick up items, and then the supermarket to pick up whatever supplies we need. Nice to get out, and layers keep me warm despite winter.

Next week: more walking, maybe some sewing… We’ll see! =)

2016-01-30a Week ending 2016-01-29 -- index card #journal #weekly

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Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (15.8h – 9%)
    • Earn (8.1h – 51% of Business)
      • ☐ [#A] Do monthly data dump
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (7.1h – 44% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.1h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
    • Connect (0.6h – 4% of Business)
  • Relationships (11.0h – 6%)
    • ☑ Coordinate lasagna drop-off for Ewan and Jen
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.6h – 3%)
    • Emacs (2.4h – 1% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (1.1h)
    • Writing (0.7h)
    • ☑ Buy toner for printer
  • Discretionary – Play (12.0h – 7%)
  • Personal routines (24.6h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (27.9h – 16%)
  • Sleep (70.2h – 41% – average of 10.0 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 22, 2016

It’s been a good week of transitions and following up. The new members of the team at my main consulting client are doing an awesome job at the things I used to do, yay!

The Asian grocery store near us has closed, so we’ve been looking for a different source for pork belly. There are a few promising candidates. More freezer preparation, too. This week: tonkatsu!

Minor panic over something I ordered not being the right size, but fortunately we were able to swap it for something that was. Yay return policies!

I’ve been going for more walks. I’ve loaded up my Kindle with fiction and developer references, and that seems to be a good fit for the cold. Lots of drawing, too, now that I’ve gotten my old-sketch review process sorted out. =)

Next week: more prep work, maybe some sewing…

2016-01-23a Week ending 2016-01-22 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (25.2h – 15%)
    • Earn (9.4h – 37% of Business)
      • ☑ Document scraping
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (15.3h – 60% of Business)
      • Drawing (12.7h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • ☑ Issue T4
    • Connect (0.5h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (8.4h – 4%)
    • ☑ Clear out old medications
    • ☑ Greet my dad happy birthday
    • ☑ Coordinate lasagna drop-off for Ewan and Jen
    • ☑ Look for a new source for pork belly
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.4h – 7%)
    • Emacs (3.6h – 2% of all)
      • ☑ Host 2016-01-16 Emacs Hangout
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (1.1h)
      • ☑ Check on snaps
    • Writing (6.3h)
    • ☑ Work on sketch browser
    • ☑ Call TD to change dividends to cash
    • ☑ Rebalance RRSP
    • ☑ Clear out bonds in locked RRSP
    • ☑ Figure out how to get the Org Mode Manual onto my Kindle
  • Discretionary – Play (11.5h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (30.9h – 18%)
  • Unpaid work (13.8h – 8%)
  • Sleep (64.8h – 38% – average of 9.3 per day)