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Weekly review: Week ending January 15, 2016

This week was about preparation. I’ve been gradually winding up my consulting-related projects, and I’m delighted that the team’s well-prepared to do all sorts of awesomeness.

We’ve been thinking about our household routines and the organization of our things, too. More decluttering, more organizing… things are slowly becoming smoother. This is good.

I stocked the freezer with lots of lasagna and brainstormed other things that would be good to make in bulk. I thought about our backup plans for cooking, too. We like home-cooked meals a lot, and there are a number of recipes we’re comfortable throwing together with little time or energy. We’re not too keen on delivery or take-out, although they’ll do in a pinch.

More sewing, and more wrapping up of old projects or loose scraps. I’ve run into a small supply-chain problem: the snaps I ordered haven’t arrived yet. Might have been delayed due to the holidays, or might have gotten lost in the shuffle. I’ve contacted the eBay seller, and I’ll look into other sources too. Ah well! No big deal. Fortunately, I’ve been working on projects roughly in order of priority, and everything is optional anyway.

More fiddling with tech. I flipped through a few e-books on the tablet since I can check out books from the library on it. It’s okay, although my Kindle is a little easier to hold. I’ve tried out a few games, too, so we’ll see how that goes. Setting up FlickFolio to shuffle through my sketchbook has been a good way to nudge me to reflect on previous thoughts and draw updates.

Oh, and I’ve filed the business paperwork I needed for my personal tax return. (Keener!) Now all I have to do is wait for the tax slips from banks, which will probably come in March. At least my part is out of the way!

2016-01-17a Week ending 2016-01-15 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Blog posts

Sketches

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (27.0h – 16%)
    • Earn (17.0h – 62% of Business)
      • ☑ Check on work
      • ☑ Sort out scraping
      • ☑ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (8.1h – 29% of Business)
      • Drawing (6.9h)
      • Paperwork (0.9h)
    • Connect (2.0h – 7% of Business)
  • Relationships (9.0h – 5%)
    • ☑ Set up bathroom
    • ☑ Pick up clothes, give lasagna
    • ☑ Research lighting
    • ☑ Send a note to the Hattoris
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.8h – 8%)
    • Emacs (0.9h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☑ Announce Hangout
      • ☑ Host 2016-01-16 Emacs Hangout
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Writing (6.2h)
    • Sewing (2.5h)
    • ☑ Check out Value Village sale
    • ☑ Explore Flickr apps for the Android tablet
  • Discretionary – Play (10.2h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (24.9h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (15.2h – 9%)
  • Sleep (68.0h – 40% – average of 9.7 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 8, 2016

We hosted W-‘s family for dinner last Saturday, and we’ve been making great progress through the leftovers. Lots of vegetables this time around, yay!

Lots of reflection this week: my annual review, planning and other decisions, and things I’m learning about life. I’m looking forward to exploring those thoughts in a bit more detail.

More decluttering around the house, which is nice. A bit of sewing, too. Lots of napping, lots of reading… It’s nice to be able to take it easy. =)

2016-01-09b Week ending 2016-01-08 -- index card #journal #weekly output

Sketches

Blog posts

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (16.0h – 9%)
    • Earn (6.9h – 42% of Business)
      • ☑ Prepare invoice
      • ☐ Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (6.4h – 39% of Business)
      • Drawing (5.3h)
      • Paperwork (0.5h)
    • Connect (2.8h – 17% of Business)
  • Relationships (22.6h – 13%)
    • ☑ Cook
    • ☑ Try window covering
    • ☐ Pick up clothes, give lasagna
  • Discretionary – Productive (16.8h – 9%)
    • Emacs (0.8h – 0% of all)
      • ☑ Do another Emacs News review
      • ☐ Announce Hangout
      • ☐ Do another Emacs News review
    • Sewing (7.6h)
    • Writing (6.6h)
    • ☐ Reconsider TFSA investments – move to bonds?
  • Discretionary – Play (10.9h – 6%)
  • Personal routines (25.4h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (7.2h – 4%)
  • Sleep (68.9h – 41% – average of 9.8 per day)

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!

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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

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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)