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Tasks

2007

Things I must do

Priorities - A: high, B: medium, C: low; Status - _: unfinished, X: finished, C: cancelled, P: pending, o: in progress, >: delegated.
A_2007.10 Start my immigration paperwork
AX2007.09 Apply for a Canadian work permit
AX2007.07 Write my thesis
AX2007.07 Get a Canadian driver's license
AX2007.06 Find a first job that lets me gain lots of experience and learn from awesome people
AX2007.05 File for a work permit
AX2007.02 Tell people I'm looking for a job
AX2007.02 Start on my visa paperwork
AX2007.04 Learn Javascript by building rich interaction into my prototype
AX2007.07 Find a place downtown that I can invite people to

Reach

B_2007 Categorize contacts
AX2007.01 Finish all of my xmas2006-must letters (2007.01.01)
BX2007 Drink at least 7 glasses of water a day for 7 days straight (2007.01.01)
BX2007 Wake up before 7:30 for 7 days straight (2007.01.01)
AX2007 Earn CAD 1000 from writing
AX2007 Give away $1000
AX2007 Put away $5000 in long-term savings: 10 years or RRSP
AX2007 Put away $5000 in medium-term savings: 5 years
AX2007.02 Eat at least five vegetarian lunches or dinner a week for a month
AX2007.02 Pack lunch for one week straight
BX2007 Blog professionally on topics such as social networking, free and open source software, contact relationship management, or personal branding; write 20 articles for 500-800 words each
BX2007 Follow and finish a facial care regime
BX2007 Read, summarize and review 25 business books in order to develop personal book notes system
BX2007 Take beautiful portraits
AC2007 Tell a hundred good stories about friends
AC2007 Explore my relationship with Simon
AC2007.04 Practice rockclimbing twice a month until I can consistently climb 5.7 walls
BC2007.06 Finish my ATM-Bronze
BC2007 Attend yoga classes twice a week for a month

Just do it

BX2007.01 Take care of banking stuff - signatory on USD account (2007.01.02)
BX2007.01 Get my hair trimmed to be shoulder-length but bunnable (2006.12.31)
BX2007.01 Get new contact lenses (2006.12.31)
BX2007.01 Have a facial to reset my skin, clear blackheads and whiteheads (2006.12.31)
AX2007 Set up proper e-mail hosting so that I can send mail from sachachua.com
AX2007.01 Develop a stump speech on blogging and social networking
AX2007.01 Meet friends
BX2007.02 Connect with Filipino community in Canada and invite non-Filipino friends to a cultural dance performance
BX2007.02 Work through a book on massage
BX2007.03 Attend a performance for an opera that I have read about and listened to
BX2007 Buy organic and local whenever possible
BX2007.03 Make a neater bracelet
BX2007.03 Join a session of krav
BX2007.01 Breakfast with Queena Lee
BX2007.01 Figure out public transit to the Alabang house
BX2007.01 Meet my ninongs and ninangs
BX2007.01 Sort my clothes into donatable stuff and stuff I want to bring back
BX2007.01 Update my website so that first-timers can easily find out who I am, what I'm good at, what I'm interested in, and how I can be reached
AC2007 Ping everyone in my contact list and archive people who aren't active
AC2007.04 Go for consultation at a department store I like, and work on a cosmetics plan with them
AC2007.02 Go to New York for Linux World and meet Don Marti
AC2007.01 Set up WPA encryption on my laptop
BC2007 Bake emergency giftable vegan cookies, practice on Roger
BC2007 Fill a sketchbook with studies of people and sculpture
BC2007 Schedule 20 early morning hot chocolate chats and 20 afternoon chocolate chats
BC2007 Find a microfinance charity based in Canada or the Philippines and make regular donations
BC2007 Upload a picture a day for 7 days straight
BC2007 Write an outline and collect code for e-book on contact relationship management
BC2007 Write an outline and collect stories for a book on networking tips for students
BC2007.04 Print a wonderful portrait of a good friend - Quinn?
BC2007.02 Go outdoor skating with friends
BC2007.02 Make tsokolate eh
BC2007.03 Juggle 3 balls for more than 30 seconds
BC2007.05 Learn another diabolo trick: two-diabolo juggling
BC2007.05 Learn how to rollerblade on Center Island or by the Quay
BC2007.12 Get back into open source software development by submitting a patch to SugarCRM (or another PIM/CRM app) or the Linux kernel
BC2007 Buy two suits for 70-90% off list price from eBay
BC2007 Dance with someone I like - swing or tango?
BC2007 Podcast a connector a month
BC2007 Podcast a millionaire a month
BC2007.09 Buy a PDA/phone that allows me to do mobile e-mail and is compatible with Linux
BC2007.01 Visit QSR, Imperium, O&B, Ateneo, Pisay, Ed Manguiat, Mrs. Castillo, etc.
BC2007.01 Organize an ethnic wear party for my going-away party
CC2007.07 Learn how to quickly turn corners on the skateboard
CC2007.05 Practice foosball - score 21 goals and defend 21 attempts

Goals

I am a well-known speaker and writer

I am a well-known speaker and writer, travelling around the world and reaching millions of people through my books and articles. This allows me to tell people's stories. I love choosing a topic I want to learn more about, learning all I can about it, and telling stories about the human and technical sides of things.

B_Check out Linux Journal editorial calendar
BXWrote Emacs mail article

Traits

I am creative.

I am creative. I sing. I sketch. I play my favorite pieces on the piano. I indulge in random art: modeling with clay, hacking T-shirts. I am in touch with my creative side.

BXShoot and upload five portraits (2007.05.20)
BXSang loudly with someone else around (2007.05.12)

I am well-rounded, well-read, and intellectually stimulating.

People visit me and encourage their kids to spend afternoons with me because they know they'll always learn something. I have a fascinating puzzle collection and a wall-to-wall library of my favorite books. I have compiled notes on more than a thousand books, and I review these regularly.

I experience a lot of intellectual stimulation. I keep my brain active and make sure I expose myself to new things.

BXRead books on job searching (2007.05.20)
BXRead a few books on relationships

I am a published author with books and articles on a variety of topics.

B_Pay attention to how I handle my contacts.
BXSubmitted Emacs mail article

I am wealthy.

I have managed both my income and my expenses so that my passive income (dividends, royalties, business income that does not require me to work) exceeds my expenses. This frees me up to reflect on life, to write, to connect, and to prepare myself for the next big idea.

B_Brainstorm non-computer topics that I might want to become an expert in
BXAttended personal finance seminar - on the right track
BXCharted income and expenses

I am a decent cook, and can entertain capably.

I bring little confections to parties.

B_Lemon squares
BXBaked brownies and lasagna unsupervised

I remember people.

I remember people's names, faces, and trivia. This makes people feel all warm and fuzzy about me. Also, it's a great way to warm up introductions. People come to me to ask for introductions. I know more than a thousand people beyond their e-mail addresses.

BXUpload pictures and start storing thumbnails (2007.05.20)
BXTrimmed my LinkedIn network
BXPinged a few people

I am a pillar of the community.

I am a pillar of the community: active in the PTA, a patron of charities, and all-around good person. I know my neighbors, the people at school, and the people at work.

B_Write check for Toronto Public Library
BXSwapped cookies with Dan

I am healthy.

I can walk long distances without tiring. I have good balance and posture, and I know how to stretch to work out the kinks.

BXExercised at home: warmups, dips, curls

I smile almost all the time

B_Write about something that made me smile

I am loving.

I am in a warm, loving, supportive, intimate and committed relationship with someone who makes my life pure awesome. We celebrate life, think through puzzles, discover the world, and experience things together. Joys are multiplied through sharing and sorrows are divided. We consciously deepen our relationship through shared activities and reflections, and we know that we can get through tough times because of our commitment.

BXWrote Wayne a letter and read books on marriage and relationships

I am part of a family.

I am part of an extended family. Nothing teaches you as much about love as getting along with people you have to get along with.:

BXSchedule trip for the Philippines (2007.05.20)
BXMet Wayne's extended family, reconnected with Mama and Papa, promised to visit soon

I make time for what's important to me.

I make sure that I protect time for myself and time to connect with loved ones.

BXSpent evenings with Wayne, reconnected with Mama and Papa, had tea party

I have a finely-developed sense for opportunities and the ability to pursue them

BXMore interest interviews and a formal job interview (2007.05.20)
BXHad interest interview with lts, very happy

I have a home.

I live in a house imbued with stories and personality. I am responsible for it. I have helped shape it to my habits. There is a place for me to share my life with others, a place for me to be alone, a place for me to reconnect with partner and family. I live a simple life, letting go of things I do not need. I am neat and organized. There is a place for everything, and if I realize that ther might be a better way of sorting things out, I make that happen. There are fresh, fragrant, colorful flowers in a vase, and there's plenty of sunlight. Chores are meditative, and I have time to do other things.

BXHelped Wayne organize his place a little bit; did some yardwork

I am an expert on social computing.

I have finished my thesis on social computing, and am well-known and well-regarded in the field.

BXAnalyze data (2007.05.20)
BXCollect data from usability tests

Notes

1. I should meet more people in Canada: 14:21 (2007.01.11#2)

Hanging out with my friends here made me realize that I really do need to go and meet more people in Canada. I *love* the chaos of a large friend group, the strong and deep relationships I get to form with them and they with each other.

I really like my friends there. I should meet lots of other people so that I can bring even more people into our group, the way my barkada here grew over time.

How can I go about doing that? I'll give pursudo and other meetup sites a try when I get back. I'll attend the Filipino cultural presentations, start going to the gym, take up dancing again. I'll focus on my work during the day so that I can make good progress on my thesis (I really want to finish that already!), but my evenings can be for fun. I'll see what I can do with Toastmasters. I'll find somewhere to volunteer. I want to meet other people who are crazy about life, and I'm sure I'll find them.

Random Emacs symbol: select-safe-coding-system-function - Variable: Function to call to select safe coding system for encoding a text.

Timeline

Extend study permit just in case.

MILESTONE: Thesis

Volunteer one day or more each month, reading at the public library. Get involved with Filipino associations, network with other Pinoy 20-somethings and form a mastermind group. >> Prepare for articles and books Learn how to drive. Write articles. >> Collect material for books, practice writing, develop reputation, earn money (invest in crazy idea kitty) Share book notes publicly: share raw book notes, share book notes indexed by title, indexed by keyword, search, links >> well-read, intellectually stimulating. Develop idiosyncratic face-flashcard thing using Emacs and my camera or phone. >> Remember names and faces, write article, release software

MILESTONE: Graduation

+ Choose job - Lotus Greenhouse community manager >> develop teaching and people skills, earn money to save for investments, write articles on social computing, speak at conferences, develop relationships, develop sales skills, write book - Lotus Technical Sales >> develop expertise in social computing and collaborative tech, develop sales skills, earn more based on incentives, save for investment - GBS consultant >> shape Web 2.0 practice, develop technical skills, reputation Get work permit for Canada Get a PDA/phone with a camera and learn how to develop for it Write book on Emacs

MILESTONE: Two months after start of job, 24 years old, 2007

Set up barebones retirement plan. Get used to setting aside 10% for charity. Donate when it hits $500. Host parties and networking events. >> Develop recognition, memory, network Volunteer for conferences >> Develop network, build reputation, practice speaking, gain expertise **Must have job that is flexible about conferences

MILESTONE: 1 year after start of job, 25 years old, 2008

Codify system for networking events. >> Prepare possible business, automate stuff Immigrate to Canada Write book on social computing Save up for sabbatical - 1 year of expenses >> examine self, write articles/books, explore business

MILESTONE: Canadian permanent resident or citizen, 2011, 28 years old

MILESTONE: Sabbatical saved

Write articles; publish a book Start a home-based business: consulting, etc. >> Gain business experience, sense of opportunities. Strengthen relationship Develop and sell flashcard program for names and faces: mobile phone version, Outlook integration, etc.

MILESTONE: Business is doing well

Raise one child or two >> Shared human experience, want to try out ideas Write about living in two worlds

MILESTONE: Bare-bones retirement plan in place

MILESTONE: Kids are at least five years old

MILESTONE: Passive income > expenses

MILESTONE: Comfy retirement plan in place

MILESTONE: Passive income > expenses + airfare

Set up public library system Teach for a month or two every year

Alternate Timeline I

If I commit to W, then we would like to have kids. Things to keep in mind:

  • when? not too late - must be able to enjoy life with them, hard if I'm supporting two dependents
  • will definitely need home-based business
  • financial planning for different life stages
  • can amp up my work after kids are school-age, and again when they leave for uni
  • must always make sure we have strong bond

Alternative: stay together without formal commitment? but then I'll be past age when he's gone, and committed to no-kid track. companionship still possible, though.

What happens if we have kids early? Will need to work extra hard to set up home-based business or arrange part-time flexible work arrangements, if W is open to that and it's financially possible. I do not believe in nannies, so should plan for at least one person to be home for the first five years. Ideal: home-based business even through grade school.

23 40 24 41 25 42 26 43 27 44 28 45 29 46 30 47 latest to have kids? 31 48 32 49 33 50 34 51 35 52 36 53 37 54 38 55 39 56 40 57 41 58 42 59 43 60 44 61 45 62 46 63 47 64 48 65 retirement mode? 49 66 50 67

Extend study permit just in case.

MILESTONE: Thesis

Volunteer one day or more each month, reading at the public library. Get involved with Filipino associations, network with other Pinoy 20-somethings and form a mastermind group. >> Prepare for articles and books Learn how to drive. Write articles. >> Collect material for books, practice writing, develop reputation, earn money (invest in crazy idea kitty) Share book notes publicly: share raw book notes, share book notes indexed by title, indexed by keyword, search, links >> well-read, intellectually stimulating. Develop idiosyncratic face-flashcard thing using Emacs and my camera or phone. >> Remember names and faces, write article, release software

MILESTONE: Graduation

+ Choose job - Lotus Greenhouse community manager >> develop teaching and people skills, earn money to save for investments, write articles on social computing, speak at conferences, develop relationships, develop sales skills, write book - Lotus Technical Sales >> develop expertise in social computing and collaborative tech, develop sales skills, earn more based on incentives, save for investment - GBS consultant >> shape Web 2.0 practice, develop technical skills, reputation Get work permit for Canada Get a PDA/phone with a camera and learn how to develop for it Write book on Emacs

MILESTONE: Two months after start of job, 24 years old, 2007

Set up barebones retirement plan. Get used to setting aside 10% for charity. Donate when it hits $500. Host parties and networking events. >> Develop recognition, memory, network Volunteer for conferences >> Develop network, build reputation, practice speaking, gain expertise **Must have job that is flexible about conferences

MILESTONE: 1 year after start of job, 25 years old, 2008

Codify system for networking events. >> Prepare possible business, automate stuff Immigrate to Canada Write book on social computing Save up for sabbatical - 1 year of expenses >> examine self, write articles/books, explore business

MILESTONE: Canadian permanent resident or citizen, 2011, 28 years old

MILESTONE: Sabbatical saved

Write articles; publish a book Start a home-based business: consulting, etc. >> Gain business experience, sense of opportunities. Strengthen relationship Develop and sell flashcard program for names and faces: mobile phone version, Outlook integration, etc.

MILESTONE: Business is doing well

Raise one child or two >> Shared human experience, want to try out ideas Write about living in two worlds

MILESTONE: Bare-bones retirement plan in place

MILESTONE: Kids are at least five years old

MILESTONE: Passive income > expenses

MILESTONE: Comfy retirement plan in place

MILESTONE: Passive income > expenses + airfare

Set up public library system Teach for a month or two every year

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