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Weekly review: Week ending March 7, 2014

Started working on our taxes. Also visited J-’s school to find out more about course selection and the coop program. Fascinating. =) Fiddling about with LaTeX, too.

Lots of podcasting and presenting next week. Let’s see how this goes!

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.03.03 How I work with knowledge – seek, sense, share #pkm
  2. 2014.03.04 A path for learning AutoHotkey #path #autohotkey #automation
  3. 2014.03.04 Do I want to accept more work – Under what conditions #experiment
  4. 2014.03.04 Paths for web design #learning #path
  5. 2014.03.05 About me – Sacha Chua #bio
  6. 2014.03.05 How can I make my active plans and experiments more visible #review
  7. 2014.03.05 My paths to learning #my-learning
  8. 2014.03.05 Start, stop, more, less #plans
  9. 2014.03.06 Our frugal life #finance #frugality
  10. 2014.03.07 Maps versus tables of contents #information #organization

Link round-up

  • What is your PKM routine?: I’m always curious about how other people manage what they know.
  • Financial Independence and The Cost of Raising a Family: Actual numbers for the win.
  • Foggy Wednesday (Day 3): I like David Seah’s fogbrain reflections (insights, followup). He does a great job of stepping outside himself and watching what’s going on. How does he do that? Must practice this myself. Coincidentally, I’m learning more about NodeJS and Express myself, so doubleplus good. =)
  • My Completely Unscientific GitHub Survey: It’s good to check your assumptions against reality (and other people’s perceptions). =)
  • Student Notetaking for Recall and Understanding: A Lit Review Review: More research I want to dig into (Robert Williams and Alan Eggert, Kenneth Kiewra, etc.). So maybe there’s a research-backed reason for why I like these not-quite-high-level-gist-not-quite-detail notes and where I am on the sketchnoting spectrum…
  • Learning Problems: Incremental learning versus discontinuous / step-based learning. Also related: Mastery, the plateau, and sticking with it even though you don’t feel any significant progress.
  • Writers write and innovators innovate: “The big gap isn’t between people and firms doing incremental innovations and those doing big disruptive ones. The big gap is between those that aren’t innovating at all in any form, and those that are.” One of the things that encourages me to keep inching forward is the thought that it takes so little action to distinguish yourself from people who never take that first step. It’s depressing (how can so many people be stuck?), but it’s also encouraging (how can I help them get unstuck, and in the meantime, how can I make the most of these small steps?.

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (49.0h – 29%)
    • [ ] Build: Find a user-friendly RSS plugin for WordPress
    • [ ] Change Twitter background
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to Denise Bahs about upcoming session
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to other visual thinkers
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to blogging class
    • [ ] Connect: Talk to Meloney Hall’s group
    • [ ] Connect: Record primer with Jordan
    • [ ] Connect: Record financial independence show
    • [ ] Connect: Hang out with FI community
    • [ ] Delegation: Document process for setting up a public conversation
    • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Earn (17.7h – 36% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [X] Figure out why MOVs stopped having audio
    • Build (22.2h – 45% of Business)
      • [X] Build: Create visual bio
      • Drawing (3.8h)
      • Delegation (4.7h)
        • [X] Delegation: Add more web research and other basic tasks
      • Packaging (2.3h)
        • [X] Create PDF for Sketchnotes 2013
        • [X] Build – Emacs: Make a guide to Dired
        • [X] Build – Emacs: Prettify baby steps guide to Org Mode
        • [X] Set up LaTeX workflow again
      • Paperwork (4.4h)
        • [X] File payroll return
    • Connect (9.1h – 18% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Talk to Brian Sharwood about Free Geek
      • [X] Connect: Work on slides for blogging excuses – Denise
      • [X] Have general hangout about learning
  • Relationships (14.8h – 8%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (9.2h – 5%)
    • [X] Call clinic to ask for summary of expenses
    • [X] Call the massage place to ask for a summary of expenses
    • [X] Download claim statements
    • [ ] Deposit USD
    • [ ] Follow up regarding transaction summaries
    • Writing (7.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (3.9h – 2%)
  • Personal routines (25.9h – 15%)
  • Unpaid work (5.4h – 3%)
  • Sleep (60.3h – 35% – average of 8.6 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 28, 2014

It turned out to be course selection time for Grade 11 and 12, so we spent the week discussing options. Intense stuff. J- does well in science, tech, and math courses, so we’re leaning towards those types of courses. I’m setting up various (paid!) work tasks to give her a flavour of the kinds of skills people are looking for, too. If she can pick up computer programming skills through robotics and web development, she’ll probably be well-suited for co-op and university programs.

That took just about all of our brainspace for the past week. I have to catch up on planning, writing, and creating. It was time well spent, though.

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.02.24 Aha, a plan for the things I want to write #experiment
  2. 2014.02.24 Emacs tips – use Dired to manage files #dired #emacs
  3. 2014.02.24 Reminding myself of freedom #freedom #experiment
  4. 2014.02.24 Yes, but how do you make money #experiment #business
  5. 2014.02.26 Thinking about delegation and projects #delegation
  6. 2014.02.27 Art #goals #drawing
  7. 2014.02.27 Automation #goals #automation
  8. 2014.02.27 Delegation #goals #delegation
  9. 2014.02.27 Design #goals #design
  10. 2014.02.27 Development #goals #coding
  11. 2014.02.27 How can I make it easy to print collections of my sketches #packaging #sharing
  12. 2014.02.27 Learning from people #goals #my-learning
  13. 2014.02.27 Map for getting the hang of Emacs movement #emacs #map #guide
  14. 2014.02.27 Thinking of tasks I can assign to J- to help her build her skills #delegation
  15. 2014.02.27 Writing #goals #writing
  16. 2014.02.28 Are there ways for organizations to help me scale #experiment
  17. 2014.02.28 What outcomes do I care about #experiment

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (55.5h – 33%)
    • Earn (18.4h – 33% of Business)
      • [X] Deposit cheque
      • [X] E1: Apply wall
      • [X] E2: Re-record and re-animate new segments
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Figure out why MOVs stopped having audio
    • Build (22.5h – 40% of Business)
      • Drawing (7.2h)
      • Delegation (5.3h)
      • Packaging (7.7h)
      • Paperwork (1.2h)
      • [X] Create PDF for Sketchnotes 2013
      • [X] Delegation: Interview more tech applicants
      • [X] File federal annual return
      • [X] Invest time into technical delegation
      • [X] Make darker grid and release SVG
      • [X] Package Sketchnotes 2013 – http://sach.ac/sketchnotes2013
      • [X] Reflect on what difference I want to make in the world
      • [ ] Build – Emacs: Make a guide to Dired
      • [ ] Build – Emacs: Prettify baby steps guide to Org Mode
      • [ ] Delegation: Add more web research and other basic tasks
      • [ ] Delegation: Document process for setting up a public conversation
    • Connect (14.7h – 26% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Evan about visual thinking
      • [X] Connect: Check what’s going on with the Quantified Sandbox
      • [X] Connect: Hang out with Matthew and learn more about d3js at HackLab
      • [X] Have general hangout about learning
      • [ ] Connect: Talk to Brian Sharwood about Free Geek
      • [ ] Connect: Work on slides for blogging excuses – Denise
      • [ ] Connect: Talk to Mel about delegation
  • Relationships (3.8h – 2%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.3h – 3%)
    • [X] Go for eye exam
    • [X] Reflect on two-year mark for experiment
    • [X] Test org-clock-jump-to-current-clock
    • Writing (4.9h)
  • Discretionary – Play (7.7h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (23.7h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (12.9h – 7%)
  • Sleep (58.7h – 34% – average of 8.4 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 21, 2014

This week, I focused on delegation and design. Lots of updates to my blog design, yay! =) Next week, I want to dig deeper into making useful technical resources, and to making sure my technical assistant has good stuff to work on.

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.02.19 Actually, I enjoy web design and development #geek #web-design
  2. 2014.02.19 Imagining wild success for this experiment #experiment
  3. 2014.02.19 Teaching people to fish, selling fish, fishing for yourself #experiment #sharing #my-learning #teaching #confederates #community
  4. 2014.02.19 Website goals – #blogging #wordpress #web-design
  5. 2014.02.19 What am I looking for in terms of editing blog posts #editing #writing

Huh. That’s weird. Really? Five sketches? And yet 9.6 hours tracked under “Drawing,” and a generally relaxed week. I wonder what happened there. I think part of it was that I spent more time doing web design this week, and conceptualization got filed under drawing too. 

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (54.4h – 32%)
    • Earn (15.0h – 27% of Business)
      • [X] Deposit cheque
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] E1: Apply wall
      • [ ] E2: Re-record and re-animate new segments
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (33.6h – 61% of Business)
      • Drawing (9.5h)
        • [X] Draw the next step for Emacs-related sketches
        • [ ] Make darker grid and release SVG
      • Delegation (7.4h)
        • [X] Delegation: Delegate some writing-related tasks
        • [X] Delegation: Interview tech applicants
        • [X] Delegation: Interview more tech applicants
        • [ ] Delegation: Document process for setting up a public conversation
        • [ ] Invest time into technical delegation
      • Packaging (0.5h)
      • Paperwork (1.9h)
        • [X] File federal annual return
      • Coding (12.0h)
        • [X] Choose a responsive framework
        • [X] Build – Coding: Add trails to my website
        • [X] Build – Coding: Make sachachua.com more responsive myself
        • [X] Build – Coding: Set up my local dev environment again
      • [X] Experiment with better microphone – clearer-ish audio, more convenient?
      • [X] Make baby-steps guide for Org Mode and TODOs
      • [X] Outline “Baby Steps Guide to Managing Your Tasks with Org Mode”
      • [X] Flesh out “Baby Steps Guide to Managing Your Tasks with Org Mode” a little
      • [X] Move to larger drive – AOMEI restore worked fine
      • [X] Set up a system for backing up my backup drive to the computer downstairs
      • [ ] Build – Emacs: Make a guide to Dired
      • [ ] Build – Emacs: Prettify baby steps guide to Org Mode
    • Connect (5.8h – 10% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Evan about visual thinking
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Greg about Emacs
      • [X] Connect: Check what’s going on with the Quantified Sandbox
      • [X] Connect: Hang out with Matthew and learn more about d3js at HackLab
      • [X] Follow up on conversations
      • [ ] Have general hangout about learning
  • Relationships (0.2h – 0%)
    • [X] Work on project with W-
  • Discretionary – Productive (14.7h – 8%)
    • [X] Go for eye exam
    • [X] Reflect on two-year mark for experiment
    • [ ] Deposit USD
    • Writing (7.5h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.9h – 4%)
  • Personal routines (23.1h – 13%)
  • Unpaid work (6.1h – 3%)
  • Sleep (63.5h – 37% – average of 9.1 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 14, 2014

I focused on delegation this week. Good results for writing (although I made a mistake by not making sure that one of my assistants clearly understood the task). Not particularly keen on results so far for technical interviews, but maybe we’ll figure something out. I’ve been learning a lot more about grilling people during technical interviews.

Lots of connecting, too! I’ve been encouraging people to set up meetings with me with http://sach.ac/meet . Along the way, I’m figuring out the things I like about conversations. I like helping people with Org Mode, especially if they’ve used it enough to know where they’re getting stuck. I like talking to people who are actively learning about stuff, believe in themselves, and are focused on moving forward. I like it when people’s questions and curiosities happen to mesh with my own. I enjoy talking to motivated beginners about Emacs, writing, and learning, and I’m getting better at harvesting topics for future blog posts. I’m a little surprised by a common characteristic I’ve noticed among conversations that left me feeling a little odd, so I need to think about that some more.

Oh, and quite a few upgrades to test. I usually spread upgrades out over time so that I can make more careful decisions and evaluate the changes, but I ran into several technical limitations that I think I might run into more if my current interests continue. So: larger drive, faster Internet upload speeds (should make those Hangouts better), and a better microphone. I’ll consider it worth it if I end up sharing more. Restoring from my image backup worked fine, I messed up when migrating my document folder to the new drive – photoSync was still running in the background, so it deleted a number of the images I shared. Hooray for backups, though!

Anyway, I think this coming week will be a week of following up on things to reflect on and share. Also, if the Quantified Sandbox unconference is pushing through, I’ll need to put together that time-tracking workshop. Must plan some recovery time. Let’s see how it goes.

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.02.08 A path to delegating more content
  2. 2014.02.08 A path toward taming your TODO list
  3. 2014.02.08 Artists and entrepreneurs
  4. 2014.02.08 Delegation and task efficiency
  5. 2014.02.08 Learning and fluency
  6. 2014.02.08 The fox and the hedgehog
  7. 2014.02.08 Unfair advantages
  8. 2014.02.08 What could that fluency look like
  9. 2014.02.09 How do I want to manage my learn-share pipeline
  10. 2014.02.09 Imagining a course or membership area
  11. 2014.02.09 Living your dream
  12. 2014.02.10 Delegation as programming
  13. 2014.02.10 Thinking about object-oriented programming and delegation
  14. 2014.02.11 Delegation excuse – But other people won’t do as good a job as I would
  15. 2014.02.11 Reflecting on building a value-filled life
  16. 2014.02.11 The LEGO Movie – Reflections on Master Builders
  17. 2014.02.11 Thinking about blog improvements
  18. 2014.02.12 Test-driven learning
  19. 2014.02.13 A No-Excuses Guide to Blogging – Summary of 10 blogging excuses and how to work around them
  20. 2014.02.13 How much does it cost to start with virtual assistance

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (57.8h – 34%)
    • Earn (10.4h – 17% of Business)
      • [X] E1: Add image links
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Deposit cheque
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (31.7h – 54% of Business)
      • [X] Experiment with better microphone – clearer-ish audio, more convenient?
      • [X] Move to larger drive – AOMEI restore worked fine
      • [X] Set up a system for backing up my backup drive to the computer downstairs
      • Drawing (11.4h)
        • [X] Draw the next step for Emacs-related sketches
      • Delegation (11.4h)
        • [X] Delegation: Delegate some writing-related tasks
        • [X] Delegation: Interview tech applicants
        • [X] Build: Document post-podcast process
        • [ ] Delegation: Interview more tech applicants
      • Packaging (2.7h)
        • [ ] Make baby-steps guide for Org Mode and TODOs
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • [X] File payroll return
        • [ ] File federal annual return
    • Connect (15.7h – 27% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat about Free Geek Toronto
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Greg about Emacs
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Mel about self-directed learning
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Naomi Fein about delegation and sketchnoting
      • [ ] Connect: Chat with Evan about visual thinking
      • [ ] Connect: Check what’s going on with the Quantified Sandbox
      • [ ] Connect: Hang out with Matthew and learn more about d3js at HackLab
      • [ ] Follow up on conversations
    • Relationships (10.7h – 6%)
      • [X] Work on project with W-
    • Discretionary – Productive (8.9h – 5%)
      • [ ] Deposit USD
      • [ ] Go for eye exam
      • [ ] Reflect on two-year mark for experiment
      • Writing (6.8h)
    • Discretionary – Play (4.9h – 2%)
    • Personal routines (16.2h – 9%)
    • Unpaid work (7.5h – 4%)
    • Sleep (64.1h – 38% – average of 9.2 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending February 7, 2014

Hmm. Way fewer sketches this week because I was focusing on packaging and delegation. Good work getting http://sachachua.com/no-excuses-blogging (PDF, EPUB, MOBI) out the door, though. Also, I was concentrating on planning my life. =) Now that the general direction is mostly sorted out, let’s get going!

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.02.02 A path for learning to delegate or outsource
  2. 2014.02.02 Imagining a useful member’s area
  3. 2014.02.02 Learning on your own
  4. 2014.02.03 How to learn from business books
  5. 2014.02.04 How to create your own exercises for deliberate practice during self-directed learning
  6. 2014.02.04 Improving the way I delegate
  7. 2014.02.04 Thinking about idea development and possible blogging flow
  8. 2014.02.04 What systems do I need to put into place to do awesome
  9. 2014.02.05 Delegation and drawings – where does it make sense
  10. 2014.02.05 Notes on publishing
  11. 2014.02.06 What other excuses can I collect and work around
  12. 2014.02.07 Adjusting the balance
  13. 2014.02.07 Low-hanging fruit
  14. 2014.02.07 What are my motivations for questions

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (55.7h – 33%)
    • Earn (28.6h – 51% of Business)
      • [X] E1: Work on prototype for conversation
      • [X] E1: Add image links
      • [X] E2: Animate script 3
      • [X] E2: Send new script 1 and trailer
      • [X] E2: Slow down script 2
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Deposit cheque
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (20.5h – 36% of Business)
      • Delegation
        • [X] Build: Document post-podcast process
        • [X] Hire writers
        • [X] Delegate making my website more responsive
        • [ ] Document process for setting up a public conversation
      • Content
      • Packaging
        • [X] Compile blog posts related to busting blogging excuses
        • [ ] Plan and record a video for busting blogging excuses
        • [ ] Explore membership plugins / course plugins
      • Other
        • [X] Build: Tweak performance on server
        • [X] Build: File payroll return
    • Connect (6.7h – 11% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat about Free Geek Toronto
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Google regarding Helpouts and Hangouts
      • [X] Connect: Chat with Mel about self-directed learning
      • [ ] Connect: Chat with Naomi Fein about delegation and sketchnoting
  • Relationships (6.5h – 3%)
    • [X] Attend party at Beatrice
    • [X] Have Maira over (Sunday)
    • [ ] Work on project with W-
  • Discretionary – Productive (1.7h – 0%)
    • Writing (0.6h)
  • Discretionary – Play (0.0h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (18.8h – 11%)
  • Unpaid work (14.1h – 8%)
  • Sleep (71.3h – 42% – average of 10.2 per day) (!) Oh right, it was because I was sorting out some stuff in my head.

Weekly review: Week ending January 31, 2014

It was a good week for reflection, learning, and working on my own things.

Blog posts

Sketches

Sketches

  1. 2014.01.27 Current curiosities
  2. 2014.01.27 Finding tasks to delegate
  3. 2014.01.27 How can I improve my animation workflow
  4. 2014.01.27 How can I improve my book-reading workflow
  5. 2014.01.27 More thoughts on drawing on paper versus computer
  6. 2014.01.27 Self-directed learning flow
  7. 2014.01.28 Book – Decode and Conquer – Lewis Lin
  8. 2014.01.28 Delegation and helping people build their skills
  9. 2014.01.28 Delegation and helping people learn
  10. 2014.01.28 Helpers Help Out plans
  11. 2014.01.28 Moving past learning
  12. 2014.01.28 Reflective learning
  13. 2014.01.28 Translating my curiosity into actions and experiments TODO
  14. 2014.01.28 Understanding coaching in my life
  15. 2014.01.28 What do I get out of delegation
  16. 2014.01.29 Reflecting on visual book notes
  17. 2014.01.29 Spice combinations
  18. 2014.01.29 Translating what I learn
  19. 2014.01.30 Confederates
  20. 2014.01.30 Inspiring people to learn Emacs
  21. 2014.01.30 On packaging and publishing
  22. 2014.01.30 Publishing – what’s in my way, and how do I get past it
  23. 2014.01.30 Small steps towards publishing
  24. 2014.01.30 Thinking about my path to packaging and publishing
  25. 2014.01.30 Time to upgrade our Internet plan
  26. 2014.01.31 Getting good ideas out of your head – a path to publishing

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (47.5h – 28%)
    • Earn (13.5h – 28% of Business)
      • [X] E2: Draw TODOs for script 3
      • [X] E2: Resync trailer for script 1
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [ ] Deposit cheque
      • [ ] Work on prototype for conversation
      • [ ] E2: Animate script 3
      • [ ] E2: Send new script 1 and trailer
      • [ ] E2: Slow down script 2
    • Build (25.7h – 54% of Business)
      • [X] Build: Fill pipeline with other delegatable tasks
      • [X] Build: Rethink website design (esp. responsiveness)
      • [X] Replace sidebar mailing list subscription
      • [X] Tweak performance on server
      • [ ] Document process for setting up a public conversation
      • [ ] Plan and record a video for busting blogging excuses
      • Drawing (17.6h)
      • Paperwork (1.0h)
    • Connect (8.3h – 17% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat about blogging
      • [X] Connect: Handle lots of Helpouts
      • [X] Connect: Talk to Ramon regarding coaching
      • [X] Connect: Write blog post re: computer, asking
      • [X] Connect: Talk to Paul about publishing
      • [ ] Connect: Chat about Free Geek Toronto
      • [ ] Connect: Chat with Google regarding Helpouts and Hangouts
      • [ ] Connect: Chat with Mel about self-directed learning
  • Relationships (2.5h – 1%)
    • [X] Chat with Mel
    • [ ] Attend party at Beatrice
  • Discretionary – Productive (13.6h – 8%)
    • [X] Listen to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
    • [X] Reflect on life without deadlines
    • Writing (8.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (5.3h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (23.7h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (16.5h – 9%)
  • Sleep (60.4h – 35% – average of 8.6 per day)