GHDR Weekly Review 4.2 – A Slow Ramp-Up

GHDR Weekly Review 4.2 – A Slow Ramp-Up

This is the second “weekly review” for my yearly goals, the Groundhog Day Resolutions that I have been doing for about 10 years. I have been thinking that I don’t spend enough time looking at them because I get sidetracked by billable projects. In last week’s review I wrote down some important insights and set a few specific goals. Let’s see how I actually did.


Last week I mentioned two insights:

  • Doing small creative acts every day that produce beneficial artifacts drives negative feelings away. The lack of negativity makes it easier to work too.
  • Thinking about my work in the terms of making gifts instead of meeting obligations was a much better way to frame my projects and personal ambitions.

The intent for this week was to apply those insights to the following:


It’s a good thing I have started doing weekly goal reviews because I didn’t really do anything intentionally; will keep that in mind for the coming week. Allocating time to review AND work on the projects is probably a good idea, so I will have to make a point of scheduling time into my #accountability list…

Here’s what I actually planned for the week of June 18, 2018:

--- MAIN [x] done, [>] bumped, [-] removed, [/] failed, [.] in-progress, [+] added+done
[x] – code refactor, pass 1 (MON…THU)
[x] – Restore DEV environment for Carl (FRI)
[x] – Masonry Script Update for Carl (SAT)
[>] – code refactor, pass 2 (bump)
[>] – implement UNISYS network 2.0 (bump)
--- GHDR
[x] – Weekly GHDR Review
[ ] – static site/public lab notebook push
[ ] – GIFT FOCUS on PATREON VIDEO (see post)
[ ] – research alternative Promise-based syntax for Call()
[ ] – Creative Summit github pages site?
[x] – MON 1230PM weekly check-in
[x] – MON 3PM meet kate for Art/Lab Journal
[/] – MON Cardio (PUNT)
[x] – WED 630PM group check-in
[/] – WED Cardio
[/] – THU 600PM hang-out at MakeItLabs
[x] – THU Incredibles 2 630PM
[/] – FRI Cardio + Resistance

The main work I’ve done was a code refactor that took longer than expected. There is a gift-like aspect to this; I’m doing this as a way to improve our overall development process by making our codebase more expressive while being more explicit in how it’s organized. The gift I’m working on, in other words, is code that is powerful and easy-to-follow, which makes the coding partnership that much better. I have been allowing myself to put a lot of hours into this because not only is this good for the team, but it is also sharpening my own philosophy. Eventually, this could be the basis of future projects where others can see what I’m doing. Maybe it will be helpful!

I got some other technical billable work out of the way too, but as you can see in the second group that I didn’t make notable progress on the internal projects. I did, however, start contributing to a shared development resources list on a client’s Basecamp project message board, which are tangentially related to static site/public lab notebook push. I’ve also been talking about it, which has helped me visualize what I need to do. So I’m going to say that there has been light progress on at least one of those goals. So I’ll list the GHDR-related achievements as follows:

Gift Type Gift Benefit Beneficiaries+”Shelf Life”
Refactored Code Improved clarity and best practices dev partners (1 year)
Javascript Resource List Best practices colleague coders (3 months)
Idea sharing Lab notebook website chat room community (1 week)

This doesn’t seem like a lot, but I am feeling good about the progress I’ve made, and it’s encouraging enough for me to want to push further on the code refactoring and the website. The coming week is largely going to be the same list.

ACTION ITEMS to make progress more likely than less likely:

  • Schedule time on #accountability list to put on SPECIFIC projects, at least 30 minutes.
  • Remember to review the Accrual Log

About this Article Series

For my 2018 Groundhog Day Resolutions, I'm challenging myself to develop "gathering-style productivity" as I pursue the year's goals. You'll find the related posts on the 2018 Groundhog Day Resolutions page.