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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)

Weekly review: Week ending January 24, 2014

I’m almost two years into my 5-year experiment, and I’m starting to realize that self-direction is difficult, interesting, and well worth learning. I most likely have the space I need–more than the space, I need, actually–to explore this, so I should do that instead of getting distracted by the satisfaction and immediate feedback of working on other people’s goals. So I’ve been cutting back on consulting and ramping up delegation (to retroactively buy back my time), but I still have a lot to figure out. Philosophy seems to be a good place to start learning about liberal arts versus servile arts, and other things.

In other news: I got 20/20 on my citizenship test, hooray! However, my lost passport means that the application needs to be manually reviewed, and my travel records will need to be requested from the border agency. That’s okay. I can wait.

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.01.18 Reflecting on the Helpouts experiment so far
  2. 2014.01.20 How could I get more out of my sharing v2
  3. 2014.01.20 If I were a master of delegation
  4. 2014.01.20 What do I want to be more intentional about learning
  5. 2014.01.21 Breadth and depth in reading
  6. 2014.01.21 Understanding more about how I learn and share
  7. 2014.01.22 Mapping what I’m learning – update
  8. 2014.01.22 Quantified Self Toronto – Sugar, Black Box, Photo Metadata, QS Sandbox, Data Theatre
  9. 2014.01.22 Recognizing potential fears
  10. 2014.01.22 Taking a closer look at the impostor syndrome
  11. 2014.01.22 Then what is blogging’s place in my life
  12. 2014.01.22 What do I look for when I read – What are my goals
  13. 2014.01.22 What kinds of books suit me well
  14. 2014.01.22 Work and its place in my life
  15. 2014.01.23 Exploring negative feelings
  16. 2014.01.23 Mapping a path to understanding Stoicism
  17. 2014.01.23 What’s challenging or different about self-directed learning
  18. 2014.01.24 A path toward improving my writing and sharing
  19. 2014.01.24 A path toward learning from people
  20. 2014.01.24 How can I do work that’s more useful to myself and others
  21. 2014.01.24 What do I look for in blog posts
  22. 2014.01.24 Which parts of my writing process have I thought a lot about

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (47.8h – 28%)
    • Earn (14.1h – 29% of Business)
      • [X] E2: Add some white boxes for script 1
      • [X] E2: Redraw trailer for script 1
      • [X] Earn: E1: Consulting
      • [ ] E2: Draw TODOs for script 3
      • [ ] E2: Resync trailer for script 1
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (24.8h – 51% of Business)
      • [X] Build: Draw headers for my mailing lists
      • [X] Build: Switch Mailchimp mailing lists to use straight blog feeds instead
      • [X] Build: Switch website to use straight blog feeds
      • [X] Fix mailing list subject lines
      • [X] Replace sidebar mailing list subscription
      • [ ] Build: Fill pipeline with other delegatable tasks
      • [ ] Build: Rethink website design (esp. responsiveness)
      • Quantified Awesome (4.5h)
      • Drawing (12.3h)
        • [ ] Draw the next step for Emacs-related sketches
      • Paperwork (1.1h)
    • Connect (9.0h – 18% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Chat about writing
      • [X] Connect: Get in touch with people regarding Helpouts
      • [X] Connect: Go to Quantified Self meetup
      • [X] Connect: Help Joel find computer
      • [ ] Connect: Attend Visual Thinkers meetup
      • [ ] Connect: Chat about blogging
      • [ ] Connect: Handle lots of Helpouts
      • [ ] Connect: Talk to Ramon regarding coaching
  • Relationships (1.9h – 1%)
    • [ ] Chat with Mel
    • [ ] Attend party
  • Discretionary – Productive (15.3h – 9%)
    • [X] Prepare photocopies and documents needed for citizenship exam
    • [X] Study for citizenship exam
    • [X] Take citizenship exam
    • [X] trip home
    • [ ] Listen to the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
    • [ ] Reflect on life without deadlines
    • Writing (8.2h)
  • Discretionary – Play (6.5h – 3%)
  • Personal routines (17.5h – 10%)
  • Unpaid work (16.6h – 9%)
  • Sleep (61.5h – 36% – average of 8.8 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 17, 2014

I’ve been really ramping up my delegation. =) (See the series of sketches regarding being my own client for the motivation.) Promising. One of my goals is to outsource practically all of the parts of my podcasting process so that all I have to do is suggest some names, prepare for the interview, show up, chat and take notes, and save the file somewhere. This will require me to actually trust someone else with my Google account, so we’ll see how well that works…

Funny, I thought I’d been drawing less because I was spending the time focusing on specifying delegated tasks instead, but when I looked at the list of sketches, I actually still drew quite a lot. Most of that was from Wednesday’s drawing sprint of thinking through some coaching-related questions before the session I have with Ramon Williamson in a couple of weeks.

Next week is my Canadian citizenship test. I think it will be all right.

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.01.12 Being my own client – part 1 of 4
  2. 2014.01.12 Being my own client part 2 – Projects
  3. 2014.01.12 Being my own client part 3 – Emacs, blog
  4. 2014.01.12 Being my own client part 4 – buying back time
  5. 2014.01.13 Stuff I’ve tracked
  6. 2014.01.13 What kind of a good life do I want
  7. 2014.01.14 Increasing my delta – part 2
  8. 2014.01.14 Reflecting on semi-retirement
  9. 2014.01.14 Ways to increase my delegation-fu
  10. 2014.01.15 General questions for coaches, role models, and mentors
  11. 2014.01.15 Getting started with professional sketchnoting
  12. 2014.01.15 Google Helpouts – Would I consider setting aside more time
  13. 2014.01.15 How I free up time
  14. 2014.01.15 How do I feel about interactive sketchnotes
  15. 2014.01.15 My current strategies for personal and professional growth
  16. 2014.01.15 My why, goals, and vision
  17. 2014.01.15 Paying myself first with time
  18. 2014.01.15 The balance that works for me
  19. 2014.01.15 Thoughts on getting paid vs giving things away
  20. 2014.01.15 What’s my 20 percent – Where are my moments of truth
  21. 2014.01.15 Where I am and where I want to be
  22. 2014.01.17 How can I assign 30 hours of work a week
  23. 2014.01.17 How can I hack podcasting
  24. 2014.01.17 Mapping a strategy for outsourcing podcast work
  25. 2014.01.17 Planning my post-podcast process
  26. 2014.01.17 Thinking about delegation goals

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (58.3h – 34%)
    • [ ] Build: Document post-podcast process
    • [ ] Build: Fill pipeline with other delegatable tasks
    • [ ] Connect: Chat about writing
    • [ ] Connect: Get in touch with people regarding Helpouts
    • [ ] Connect: Go to Quantified Self meetup
    • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Earn (19.3h – 33% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (21.4h – 36% of Business)
      • [X] Build: Draw headers for my mailing lists
      • [X] Build: Switch Mailchimp mailing lists to use straight blog feeds instead
      • [X] Build: Switch website to use straight blog feeds
      • [X] Plan what I would do as my own client
      • [X] Reset the TF700
      • Quantified Awesome (1.7h)
      • Drawing (11.0h)
      • Paperwork (0.0h)
        • [X] File T4 for myself
        • [X] File payroll return
    • Connect (17.7h – 30% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Confirm schedule with Jeff Bond
      • [X] Connect: Discuss Emacs chats
      • [X] Connect: Have lunch with Carsten
      • [X] Connect: Help Joel find computer
      • [X] Talk to Globe and Mail about Quantified Self
  • Relationships (6.4h – 3%)
    • [X] Chat with Eric about friendship
    • [X] Contact pptstar regarding copyright complaint from Papa
    • [X] Helped clean computer of viruses
  • Discretionary – Productive (8.5h – 5%)
    • [X] Look for Audacity way to automatically remove silence – truncate
    • [X] Study for citizenship exam
    • [ ] Prepare photocopies and documents needed for citizenship exam
    • [ ] Study for citizenship exam
    • [ ] Take citizenship exam
    • Writing (2.4h)
  • Discretionary – Play (0.0h – 0%)
  • Discretionary – Travel (0.0h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (19.9h – 11%)
  • Unpaid work (18.4h – 10%)
  • Sleep (59.4h – 35% – average of 8.5 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 10, 2014

I survived hosting a podcast, interviewing a guest, managing a Hangout on Air, and drawing notes, all at the same time! Boggle.

Also, my citizenship exam has been scheduled for January 21. I should be okay (I typically get 90% on practice tests), but it’s a good excuse to practise remembering trivia.

The next few weeks are probably going to be packed. That means I’ll need to be extra careful about having enough quiet time for myself!

Blog posts

Sketches

  1. 2014.01.05 Asking myself better questions
  2. 2014.01.05 How can I keep better track of experiments to try
  3. 2014.01.05 How can I learn to bring people together
  4. 2014.01.05 How can we improve our cooking
  5. 2014.01.05 How do I use my time
  6. 2014.01.06 Building a reputation as a speaker
  7. 2014.01.06 Canadian winter tips
  8. 2014.01.06 Extrapolating my futures
  9. 2014.01.06 Learn how you learn
  10. 2014.01.06 Learning how to think in sentences
  11. 2014.01.06 Time-tracking and multi-tasking
  12. 2014.01.06 Tracking time with Org mode
  13. 2014.01.06 Transforming timestamps and dates
  14. 2014.01.06 Why am I happier with selling my time at $5 for 15min vs 200+ per hour
  15. 2014.01.07 Map for learning Org Mode for Emacs
  16. 2014.01.08 Dealing with impostor syndrome
  17. 2014.01.08 Sharing what you’re learning
  18. 2014.01.09 Ambition
  19. 2014.01.09 Blog ideas
  20. 2014.01.09 Building a review habit
  21. 2014.01.09 Organizing my sketches into collections
  22. 2014.01.09 Tips for organizing your Org-mode files
  23. 2014.01.09 What do I find challenging with podcasting
  24. 2014.01.10 Helpers Help Out 05 – Make Your Listing Better
  25. 2014.01.10 Post-production notes – HHO5 Make Your Listing Better

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (54.8h – 32%)
    • Earn (20.8h – 37% of Business)
      • [X] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
      • [X] Follow up on cheque
      • [ ] Earn: E1: 2.5-3.5 days of consulting
    • Build (21.3h – 38% of Business)
      • [X] Reset the TF700
      • [ ] Plan what I would do as my own client
      • Quantified Awesome (0.0h)
      • Drawing (17.5h)
        • [ ] Make collection of 2013 sketchnotes
      • Paperwork (2.7h)
        • [X] File T4 for myself
        • [X] File payroll return
    • Connect (12.7h – 23% of Business)
      • [X] Connect: Discuss Emacs chats
      • [X] Connect: Have lunch with Carsten
      • [ ] Talk to Globe and Mail about Quantified Self
  • Relationships (5.0h – 2%)
    • [X] Chat with Eric about friendship
    • [X] Help clean computer of viruses
    • [X] Replace vacuum
  • Discretionary – Productive (0.7h – 0%)
    • [X] Check on PH implications and cross-border planning
    • [X] Follow up on citizenship test
    • [X] Look for Audacity way to automatically remove silence – truncate
    • [X] Pick up books from Runnymede
    • [X] Reflect on how to ask good questions
    • [X] Reflect on what I do with my time and what my balance will be like for the next two months
    • [ ] Study for citizenship exam
    • Writing (0.0h)
  • Discretionary – Play (0.8h – 0%)
  • Personal routines (23.6h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (17.0h – 10%)
  • Sleep (66.7h – 39% – average of 9.5 per day)

Weekly review: Week ending January 3, 2014

We’re back in Toronto and settling into regular life. I’ll resume consulting next week, although I might keep it to 2.5 days a week instead of sliding up to 4 days a week. I really like these days for drawing and contemplation. Anyway, we’ll see how things work out!

Blog posts

Link roundup

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (14.3h – 8%)
    • Earn (0.0h – 0% of Business)
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Thursday
      • [ ] Earn: Consulting – E1 – Tuesday
    • Build (9.3h – 65% of Business)
      • [X] Set up test mailing list subscriptions
      • [ ] Reset the TF700
      • Quantified Awesome (1.1h)
      • Drawing (6.0h)
      • Paperwork (1.7h)
        • [ ] File T4 for myself
    • Connect (5.0h – 34% of Business)
      • [ ] Connect: Discuss Emacs chats
      • [ ] Connect: Have lunch with Carsten
      • [X] Connect: Draw notes for easy ways to track time
      • [X] Connect: Draw notes for staying on the time-tracking wagon
      • [X] Connect: Prepare plan for time-tracking workshop
  • Relationships (17.7h – 10%)
    • [X] Go on road trip: Banaue, Bontoc, Sagada, Vigan
    • [X] Pack for return trip
    • [X] Reset passwords for my mom
    • [X] Set up lock screen password for my mom
    • [X] Set up offline e-mail for my mom
    • [X] Replace vacuum
  • Discretionary – Productive (6.4h – 3%)
    • [ ] Reflect on how to ask good questions
    • [ ] Reflect on what I do with my time and what my balance will be like for the next two months
    • Writing (6.4h)
      • [X] Write annual review
  • Discretionary – Play (1.8h – 1%)
  • Discretionary – Travel (48.8h – 29%)
  • Personal routines (25.0h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (9.6h – 5%)
  • Sleep (49.3h – 29% – average of 7.0 per day)