Weekly Review 0225 – Keeping an Eye on my Slots

Weekly Review 0225 – Keeping an Eye on my Slots

Goorin Brothers New Hat Time for another weekly review for Sunday, February 24th! I STILL haven’t written the process post to finish my troika of Groundhog Day Resolutions kickstarts. However, I’ve been able to cruise off of last year’s process; the process post is intended to be a resource for GHDR devotees who might want to compare notes. I’m not going to worry about it too much, but it IS very much something I want to get out of the way.

Currently, I am most concerned about billing enough hours before my yearly family trip to Taiwan to visit my 90yr-old dad. He seems to be looking forward to the trip, as am I, but there’s a level of stress related to finances which I have to take care of before I go. It’s quite a long visit, so it’s up to six weeks of zero income on top of the travel-related expenses. That said, it’s more important to reconnect with family–and maybe get out of my own head for a bit.

For this week’s review I’m going to try to slam through it as quickly as possible by keeping detail at a higher level than I am wont to do. I’ll also mix in a small amount of personal non-goal stuff in the report for a bit of personal color. For example, I got a new hat at Goorin Brothers (above picture) in Harvard Square! More on that later!

This Past Week on the GHDR Hard Path

If you’re just joining in, the GHDR HARD PATH is what I’m calling the work that doesn’t come easily to me as an easily-distractible, instant-gratification kind of gal. There are two main GHDR strategic goals this year (as detailed in [this post][01p2]): Software Development Mastery and Better Ecommerce. These two strategic goals can occupy the two of the three “main slots of attention” that I can maintain at any given time; the third slot of attention is reserved for Personal Maintenance and is for short-term opportunistic ideas that turn into tasks. My three slots of attention are how I’m modeling the limited capacity of my brain to focus productively, and is a model that I’m currently refining. Here’s what the model currently looks like (note: it’s the same as last week):

GHDR Hard Path Let me start with the week review now, following the template from last year. Note this applies only to the main strategic goals (software, ecommerce). I’ll try a more succinct format: Note that ECI refers to goal “Ecommerce Improvement”, and SWM is “Software Development Mastery”:


Two grades for "first half" versus "second half" of week. No work done before
Wednesday, but progress made on NEW ETP (ECI++) and MEME (SWM++) end of week.
Plus, integration on PONG (SW++) successful on Saturday.


* GHDR - Subsite improved Git workflow, use of NextJS as promising framework.
* PONG - Game integration team meeting went well; asked colleageue about use
  of git rebase in large teams (insightful). Parcel seems great.
* MEME - Now implements MaterialUI. Cleaned up startup so is mode solid.
* REACT - Tried Refs and new Context features to add SVG and Canvas support.
* JAVACRIPT - More understanding using ES6 modules vs CommonJS together
  when using Webpack. Working with WebAudio API (awesome), SVG, and Canvas
  2D contexts


* New ETP StickyPad Design, Instruction Sheets.
* Got production underway with Papergraphics. Great relationship.
* Got first report on tracking sales from Amazon data from
  expert friend
* consider intellectual property options


* Global Entry Confirmed, closing two-year open task
* Marksmanship tecnique improvements underway
* Reconnected with friends, added mutual goals


* SWM - bill as many MEME hours as possible for end of month (20+)
* ECI - work on new packaging/promotion (select promo copy)
* ECI - meet with Brenda, Alex for process (review sales data report)
* AUX - GHDR subsite


* SWM - 40% - Working D3/SVG Model Visualization end of Feb
* ECI - 30% - Regular reporting established
* AUX - 40% - 80+ billable hours for February
* AUX - 50% - Launch of GHDR subsite (minimum version)

So for the week ahead, I’m really focused on two major tasks:

  • MEME Get some kind of data-driven visualization by the end of the week, billing as many hours as I can for the remainder of February
  • ECOMMERCE Meet with Brenda, and get our baseline reporting done. I’m hiring someone to help me set up the monthly/weekly procedure for tracking sales, and have also hired Brenda to design the wireframe for a landing page to test marketing stuff that is to be determined.

Some Fun Things in Pictures

So this post isn’t SO DRY, here’s a few visual things to look at!

New ETP StickyPad DesignOld ETP StickyPad Color IssueNew StickyPad Packaging Proofs Here’s the new Stickypad Design (above left), which I dropped-off at my printer, Papergraaphics, nearby. I reviewed their proofs quickly (above middle, right) and talked about some of the color reproduction issues that we have seen on the older designers; the new design should clean that right up.

Boston North Station InsideBoston North Station InsideStarbucks Harvard Square

I had to head to Boston to get my Global Entry interview (a customs-related travel program) to get fingerprinted, taking the train from Alewife station to North Station for the first time (above left, middle). I finished surprisingly early, so I decided to visit Harvard Square since it had been several years since I’d been there. I hung out at the giant Starbucks overlooking Mass Ave (above right, below left) for a bit. It’s a nice location; I should plan on having more day trips to Cambridge.

View of Mass Ave from StarbucksGoorins Harvard SquareGoorins Harvard Square

The great haul of the trip, other than finally getting my Global Entry interview done, was visiting Goorin Brothers Hats (above middle, right) on nearby Brattle Street, after a quick detour through Black Ink (not shown). I also saw Bob Slate Stationer (not shown) which is a nice stationery shop and saw that there was a Milk Bar right next to the Harvard Coop; noted for next time. I spent a couple hours trying on several hats.


So that wraps up today’s weekly review. I’m a little late posting it, but it’s OUT OF THE WAY and I can focus on my stated goals for the week. I’ve also posted my goals to the virtual coworking chat room in #accountability. Wish me luck! Have a great week!

About this Article Series

For my 2019 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 2019 Groundhog Day Resolutions page.

Groundhog Day Resolutions Calendar

MON 1/1 New Year’s Day Start thinking about resolutions
FRI 2/2 Groundhog Day Make your resolutions. Assemble your peer group.
SAT 3/3 March 3 Review w/ group.
WED 4/4 April 4 Review w/ group.
SAT 5/5 Cinco de Mayo Review w/ group. Think celebratory, spring-like thoughts!
WED 6/6 June 6 Mid-Year Review w/ group. Optional break for summer.
SAT 7/7 Tanabata Star Festival Private Review. Make Wishes. Rededicate.
WED 8/8 Chinese Father’s Day Private Review. Plan for future completion.
SUN 9/9 September 9 Review w/ group. Three months left.
WED 10/10 October 10 Review w/ group. Two months left.
SUN 11/11 Veteran’s Day Review w/ group. A Day to be Grateful.
WED 12/12 December 12 End-of-year Review. Break for Holiday Madness.