• GHDR Weekly Review 10.2 Bonus: A Welcome Season of Slothfulness

    January 4, 2019

    Christmas and New Year’s Day have come and gone, and though I’m not officially doing any goal tracking yet I feel like writing-up a review.

    From December 12 to January 1st, I was pretty much in vacation mode, though I only decided to call it that on December 31 :-)

    I haven’t been doing billable work or tracking time AT ALL, confining my activities to (1) eating things and (2) pursuing comfort. A productive side-effect of pursuing comfort was cleaning up my living room to make it MORE pleasurable to be in. Behold my cleaned-up workspace!

    Dining Area I converted my dining area to my home office back in July. I used to have the office in the living area behind the white KALLAX dividers, but I wanted to have that space be more for socializing / coworking. I have a long-term house guest at the moment too, and he needed a place where he could get out of the guest room to work. A perfect test of the LIVING ROOM CAFE concept!

    Anyway, back in the office area is my gaming PC (left corner), which is now connected to a roomscale Oculus Rift setup. My primary work computer is the old Macbook Pro which lives on a wheeled cart loaded with A/V gear for doing podcasts and livestreams. A major change I did was hanging the cables that formally lived in a rubber floor conduit, so it’s much easier to wheel the cart from the dining area to the living area.

    Now that it’s January, I wanted to reflect on what I’m looking forward to for the year. My slothful December did have one major benefit: I’m REALLY ANTSY about getting moving again on my projects. I think last year’s Groundhog Day Resolutions ended really well, and the refined processes from November will help keep me going. That’s what I hope, anyway…I think I might have a handle on the minimum effective discipline I need to feel like I’m making regular progress without anxiety. So let’s do a quick review of the week and see if that feeling is legitimate or not! (more…)

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  • 2019 Updates for Calendars and Trackers!

    December 29, 2018

    ETP and Calendar Updates Hey everyone! Time for some updates!

    • I’ve updated the $12 ETP Almanac! Of course, you can always download the free version of the Emergent Task Planner and fill it out yourself; the Almanac version is just a convenient package for people who like to print out their planner all at once. Grab the ETP 365 Day Almanac from my Shopify store for US$12. Remember, it’s a PDF that you have to print-out and bind yourself. It comes in two sizes, black+white and color, and this year includes a more “booklet printing friendly” version of the half-size format.

    • I’ve also updated the Word Counting Calendar, which is very similar to the popular calendar I make for Nanowrimo every November. It provides 50,000 words of tracking for every month. The 2019 Word Counting Calendar $12 download ) is available on my Shopify store.

    • The 2018-2019 Compact Calendar is still up-to-date, and you can also change the year easily in the Excel file; I’ll update the package soon with PDFs. Grab it from the Compact Calendar Page


    If you are following me on via my Patreon Page, I’ve already released copies of the Almanac and Word Counting Calendar as perks! Go there and download them! Thanks for your support!

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 10.1 Bonus – Uninvited Stresses

    December 16, 2018

    Unanticipated Problems I know I said that last week’s review was the “last official review” of the year, but I feel like doing an unofficial one today. The holiday madness is in FULL SWING and I haven’t quite switched gears from work, so I’ll use this review to try to gather my thoughts.

    My attention was split last week between tasks that I found more draining than expected:

    • writing the final Groundhog Day Resolutions Report of the year
    • reviewing finances and raising issues with the accountant, unsure of whether I wanted to continue using her services.
    • spending more money than I wanted to
    • dealing with technical blocks and managerial issues on top of that
    • clearing up a major issue with my corrective vision prescription which may date back several years, and having to communicate this with the eye doctor’s staff.
    • finalizing plans with family for Christmas (which are still not finalizing)
    • car inspection and expensive unexpected repairs, feeling irked by the poor quality of work by my former long-time mechanic.
    • arranging for major appliance repairs.
    • maintaining my calm in the face of this, and also trying to be helpful to close friends who are also going through high stress times.

    Now that I’ve written this all out, I can see why I am feeling so out-of-balance: I’ve been dealing with a lot of worry and stress across multiple unrelated domains. None of these tasks are “business as usual”, and so it was difficult to get into the groove. They have loomed uninvited over me like this orange cat occupying the dish drying mat on my kitchen counter. Sigh.

    I’m going to try constructing a counter strategy to reclaim my balance for the coming week. Let’s blow through the review template and see where we end up.


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  • 2018 Goals Review 10: A Great Close to the Year!

    December 13, 2018

    Phosphophyllite and Unicorn It’s time for the last Groundhog Day Resolutions Review of the year! I’m now officially on hiatus from “official” goal tracking until February 2nd, but I will do a 2018 review on January 1st after I’ve had some time to think about what I’d like to do next year.

    The goals I set last month (which are broadly related to the kickoff goals in February) were:

    • Make progress on Javascript Development work
    • Make progress on Stationery Business work for December 1, and update Amazon listings
    • Continue to get comfortable with gender identity, and develop a compatible winter wardrobe
    • Run the Discord Coworking Chat
    • Keep Writing and Making Stuff to Share
    • Stay Open to Possibilities and Act on Them when I Can

    I think this past month went pretty well! Let’s get into it. (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 9.4 – A Shifting Perspective on Reality

    December 10, 2018

    Oculus Rift CV1 Hi everyone! This is the LAST OFFICIAL weekly review of 2018, since the 2018 Groundhog Day Resolutions are ending on December 12. I’ll be writing up my final monthly assessment, and will probably followup with a year review sometime in January. Groundhog Day Resolutions will resume on February 2, 2019! Until then, I am giving-in to holiday madness and other end-of-year activities.

    The key win of the past week was a positive perspective shift on the realities of development so I am less frustrated with it. Coincidentally, I also recently purchased an Oculus Rift CV1 Bundle from Amazon “for work”; as someone who works with realtime graphics it behooves me to gain experience with such things…right? Amazon had them on sale for $79 off, so I jumped on it!

    Anyway, let’s review the past week! (more…)

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