Weekly review: Week ending February 6, 2015

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This week, I experimented with treating consulting as a dessert to encourage me to make decent progress on my personal projects. Mixed results. I learned a lot about continuous integration and code coverage reporting in Emacs (yay!), created my own Helm sources, and improved my index card workflow, but the setup made it easy to give in to the temptation of working on other people's stuff instead of sitting with my own resistance. Still, I did a good job with those consulting hours, building a couple of interesting prototypes and reports.

My digital workflow for drawing and filing index cards is getting better and better, though. =) I used the Emacs widget library for the first time, and I can't wait to build more of these little interfaces to make my life easier. Whee!

Didn't cook last weekend because the fridge had lots of leftovers, so pickings were a little slim this week (what with the snowstorm, too). Looking forward to getting back to a regular routine of cooking this week, maybe even doing bulgogi with a bunch of side dishes. =)

2015-02-07 Week ending 2015-02-06 -- index card #weekly

2015-02-07 Week ending 2015-02-06 – index card #weekly

Blog posts


  1. 2015.01.31 Clearing my fabric stash – index card #tidying #decluttering
  2. 2015.01.31 Digital index card trade-offs – index card #drawing
  3. 2015.01.31 Most of my questions are 'How can I…' – index card #learning #question
  4. 2015.01.31 What's worth remembering – index card #memory
  5. 2015.01.31 When I don't really like talking, and what I might be able to do about it – index card #connecting #introvert
  6. 2015.02.01 Accelerating my learning – index card #learning #accelerating
  7. 2015.02.01 Accelerating the Emacs community – index card #accelerating #emacs
  8. 2015.02.01 Digital piles of index cards – index card #indexing #organization #pkm
  9. 2015.02.01 Index card sketches and monthly reviews – index card #organization #pkm #indexing
  10. 2015.02.01 January 2015 – index card #monthly #review
  11. 2015.02.02 Core areas – index card #life #priorities #values #goals
  12. 2015.02.02 Imagining an Emacs conference – index card #emacs #conference #plans #organizing-people
  13. 2015.02.02 Making a virtual Emacs conference happen – index card #emacs #organizing-people #conference #planning #questions
  14. 2015.02.02 Plain text – index card #data #organization #pkm #org
  15. 2015.02.02 What if I use the lure of work to help me grow – index card #consulting #experiment
  16. 2015.02.03 Benefits of sharing my index cards – index card #sharing #drawing
  17. 2015.02.03 Better Emacs Testing – index card #testing #emacs
  18. 2015.02.03 Delegation and dreaming small dreams – index card #delegation
  19. 2015.02.03 Getting better at imagining – index card #planning
  20. 2015.02.03 Scooped – index card #writing #sharing
  21. 2015.02.03 Tree view, forest view – index card #org #pkm #tasks
  22. 2015.02.03 What kinds of personal knowledge do I want to manage – index card #pkm
  23. 2015.02.03 Why map what you're learning – index card #mapping #learning
  24. 2015.02.04 Digital index cards are working well – index card #drawing #digital
  25. 2015.02.04 Improving my Org clocking workflow – index card #org
  26. 2015.02.04 Shrinking my Learn-Do-Share cycle – index card #sharing #learning
  27. 2015.02.04 Yay, passport – index card #canada #travel #paperwork
  28. 2015.02.04 Yay, testing in Emacs – index card #testing #emacs
  29. 2015.02.05 Biscotti – index card #cooking #baking
  30. 2015.02.05 How can I make Thursdays more like other days – index card #experiment
  31. 2015.02.05 How can I organize my questions – and why – index card #questions #organization #pkm
  32. 2015.02.05 How can non-profits regularly reach out to people over social media – index card #social #social-media #connecting
  33. 2015.02.05 If consulting is dessert, what are my vegetables – index card #consulting #experiment #balance
  34. 2015.02.06 How can I brainstorm and organize questions in order to speed up my writing and drawing – index card #thinking #questions #pkm #acceleration
  35. 2015.02.06 How can I more regularly add entries to my private journal – index card #drawing #habit #journal
  36. 2015.02.06 What activities would I like to share with friends – index card #connecting #friends
  37. 2015.02.06 What if I made myself take someone out to lunch or coffee every month – index card #connecting #friends
  38. 2015.02.06 What kind of coaching do I like to give – index card #coaching #teaching
  39. 2015.02.06 What would my ideal question-thinking workflow be like – index card #learning #questions #thinking

Link round-up

Focus areas and time review

  • Business (42.1h – 25%)
    • Earn (20.3h – 48% of Business)
      • Prepare invoice
      • Work on reports
      • Earn: E1: 1-2 days of consulting
    • Build (20.6h – 48% of Business)
      • Drawing (11.1h)
      • Delegation (0.0h)
      • Packaging (2.4h)
      • Paperwork (0.3h)
        • File payroll return
      • Flesh out plan
      • Change my set-descriptions.js to be able to use any blog URLs (archive page, future post, etc.)
      • Pass theme check required changes
      • Set up coveralls for Quantified Awesome
    • Connect (1.1h – 2% of Business)
  • Relationships (5.9h – 3%)
  • Discretionary – Productive (23.8h – 14%)
    • Emacs (14.6h – 8% of all)
      • Get travis going
      • Learn about Emacs testing
      • Fix my config after some weird error
      • Get Cask working
      • Set up Coveralls
      • Add a test to f.el
      • Get Travis emacs23 back on
      • Write tests for one of Steve Purcell's packages
      • Write tests for one of abo-abo's packages
      • Set up shortcuts for jumping with refile
      • Think about unconference infrastructure for Emacs
      • Help Sean
      • Measure performance of init
      • Finish Avdi's transcript
      • Check on @mattl's upcoming visit to Toronto
    • Organize questions
    • Identify index-card-sized questions
    • Consider skill tree
    • Read chapter 3
    • Writing (8.3h)
      • Start git directory for big drafts
  • Discretionary – Play (1.9h – 1%)
  • Personal routines (23.8h – 14%)
  • Unpaid work (9.2h – 5%)
  • Sleep (61.4h – 37% – average of 8.8 per day)

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