February 2016 Archives

Hey, look, this is an actual on time weekly review post! Wonders will never cease.

Thinking back, even though quite a bit got done this week (including work launching a thing, something I had almost nothing to do with), I still sort of feel like I’m not making a lot of progress on longer term goals. The day-to-day stuff is feeling fairly solid by now, which is good, but I continue to fail to have a lot of movement on longer term things, and I’m not sure the format I’ve been using for this is really supporting me in getting more done.

So, let’s try to shake things up a bit — instead of listing big long-term things and then documenting my non-existent to minimal progress on them, I’m going to list just a couple concrete things that will advance these longer term goals, and I’m going to commit to having them done by the time I do another post next week. Hopefully the need to not look like a gigantic failure will provide motivation — let’s see!

Goals for the coming week:

  • Finally install the shelving in the storage area under the stairs (said shelving was purchased well over a month ago). This is going to involve learning how to use the circular saw, cutting down some shims, and doing the actual installation. Implicit secondary goal: no lost fingers, no trips to the urgent care…

  • Submit to 2 CFPs. I’ve been kicking this can down the road for 3 weeks now and it’s stupid. I’ve got talk proposals written already, I just need to sit down and put them in.

  • Get this blog rendering in a static site generator instead of MT. I’m pretty sure that I won’t be able to convert all the content into Markdown in the course of the next week, but I can at least get the basic stuff working. I’ve got a good chunk of it in place from earlier efforts, I just need to put my head down and finish the job. Watch new.genehack.org, which will be the temporary home of the thing until I get all the archives done.

There. Three very concrete goals, all of which are highly doable within the next week. Check back next Sunday to see whether or not this provides me the motivation I so clearly need, and please — do heckle mercilessly on Twitter or Facebook or via email or whatever if I don’t accomplish these. You know I’d do it for you.

(Oh! I almost forgot — cool thing I heard this week - The Shade by Metric. On the one hand, I kinda wish Spotify would find something other than New Wave-ish stuff to throw in my discovery playlist; on the other hand, as long as the stuff it keeps throwing in there keeps being so damn catchy, do I really care…)

Late again, late again, jiggity jig. I could blame this on the three day weekend but given that I should have had this done on Sunday before the holiday day, that would be … less than true. Really, I continue to suck at the “review stuff and write goal post” portion of my routine.

Everything else, at least routine-wise, seems to be falling into place. Looking back at the week, however, I’m not sure how much else I actually really did. Let’s see, shall we.

  • Be more intentional: See above — the routine continues to gel. Not sure my day-to-day stuff got anymore connected to the long term. I think this is a solid ‘C’

  • Re-develop exercise routine: Finished week 3 of C25K and did 3 days of bodyweight stuff too. Clear ‘A’ week on this one.

  • Speak at 3 events: Three weeks running: “CFPs submitted to this week: big fat zero. Grade: ‘F’” double sigh

  • Revive my blog and make at least 2 posts / month: No posts, no progress on the conversion. ‘F-’

  • Learn C# and Swift: Still in a holding pattern on this one. The work project divestment took a bit longer than planned but I’m fully clear now. Grade? Incomplete.

  • Fix up landscaping on front and west side of the new house: Still in a weather-related holding pattern on this one.. Grade: N/A.

  • Build brick path from back door to office door: Ditto — but still more office progress, which is a good sign.Grade: N/A.

  • Host one dinner party a month: Talked with TheWife and decided to punt on this until the office work is complete and we have something to show off. Rationalization? Perhaps, but we’re gonna call this one an N/A too.

  • Cool thing I heard last week: Amazeballs New Order cover - Age Of Consent by Geographer

See you next week. If I haven’t posted something by Sunday 10pm PT, send out the ninja SWAT team to smack me around

Yes, yes, I’m pushing a whole day late on this one — and none of you called me on it! Jeez, folks, the whole point of doing this performance in public thing is you giving me shit when I’m late. It’s like you don’t even appreciate what I’m doing for you here.

Um, anyway. This week felt a good bit more settled and productive, but I don’t know that I ended up getting that much more done. I do feel a bit more settled into my routines and the new habits I’m trying to cultivate. I think the thing I’m going to be working on next is making sure there’s a clear connection between the day-to-day TODO items that I’m trying to check off and the bigger weekly/monthly/yearly goals that I’m (theoretically, at least) working towards.

So, about those goals:

  • Be more intentional: See above — the routine is firming up; the connection between the day-to-day and longer term is lacking. Didn’t get squat done on any of the automation stuff either. Did intentionally opt out of a direct role in a work project that I’d been helping out on, which is good. Call it a ‘B-‘.

  • Re-develop exercise routine: Finished week 2 of C25K and did 3 days of bodyweight stuff too. Clear ‘A’ week on this one.

  • Speak at 3 events: Let’s just re-use the report from last week: “CFPs submitted to this week: big fat zero. Grade: ‘F’” sigh

  • Revive my blog and make at least 2 posts / month: I did a tiny amount of work on the “port to another blog platform” sub-project, but no posts. Middle of the road ‘D’ there.

  • Learn C# and Swift: Again, repeating last week: “No C# progress. Read more about Swift, but haven’t gotten to the point of writing any real code yet. Grade: ‘C-‘.” The good news here is, divesting myself of that work project frees up some cycles for this one.

  • Fix up landscaping on front and west side of the new house: Still in a weather-related holding pattern on this one.. Grade: N/A.

  • Build brick path from back door to office door: Ditto — but still more office progress, which is a good sign.Grade: N/A.

  • Host one dinner party a month: Zero progress on identifying invitees. Grade: ‘F’

  • Cool thing I heard last week: Another Spotify new music playlist discovery, Palisade, by Mineral. At first I was convinced this was a new Sunny Day Real Estate track. But no, it’s a different band, that broke up going on 20 years ago. Have I mentioned I’m really enjoying Spotify? Because it’s totally proving to be worth the money. I apologize to all of you that I’ve scoffed at in the past when you’ve raved about it — I was totally wrong!

As always, thanks for reading. See you next week if not sooner.

Really felt like a bit of a crap week, didn’t feel like I accomplished much of anything and my mojo was totally missing in action. Let’s look at the board:

  • Be more intentional: I finally (about 20 minutes ago) got the mess of crap I dumped into OmniFocus semi-organized. I did spend some time thinking about how this is all going to work, and it’s clear that I need to do a little automation around Jira, and maybe Trello, if I’m really going to stick to the “one inbox to rule them all” plan. Solid ‘B’ on this one this week.

  • Re-develop exercise routine: Finished week 1 of C25K and did a couple days of bodyweight exercises as well. Giving myself a C+, because one of my January goals was to get to week 2, and I didn’t, despite having a decent overall week.

  • Speak at 3 events: CFPs submitted to this week: big fat zero. Grade: ‘F’

  • Revive my blog and make at least 2 posts / month: I think I’m going to revise this goal to be “2 non-goal-summary posts / month”… In true yak-shaving fashion, my immediate goal is to convert the blog to a different platform, which I did zero work on this past week. Another ‘F’.

  • Learn C# and Swift: No C# progress. Read more about Swift, but haven’t gotten to the point of writing any real code yet. Grade: ‘C-‘.

  • Fix up landscaping on front and west side of the new house: Still in a weather-related holding pattern on this one.. Grade: N/A.

  • Build brick path from back door to office door: Ditto — although some solid progress was on the office renovation this week, so maybe I’ll be able to actually start on this one this month. We shall see. Grade: N/A.

  • Host one dinner party a month: Talked to the wife about the plan and she approves. We still need to figure out who to invite. Another ‘C-‘.

  • Cool thing I saw last week: Chapter One: When Hearts Are Large — came up on my Spotify new music list and it is just beautiful. When it comes to music, I’m totally a lyrics guy, and this one has several spots that are just gut-punchingly good.

Thanks for reading, folks. Really appreciate those of you that took the time to send in positive feedback on the experiment here — it’s still early, but I think it’s helping.

Now to start growing.