• 2018 Goals Review 09: Frustration Gives Way to Acceptance

    November 11, 2018

    Green Screen Possibilities Happy Veterans Day, US Citizens! It also happens to be my 9th Groundhog Resolutions Monthly Review Day for 2018. Since I’ve been doing weekly reviews, I’ve been able to condense this report somewhat.

    In summary: it’s been a busy and frustrating month, but the big picture takeaway is that it was actually a pretty decent month. I was frustrated for much of it, but in hindsight I think I know what went wrong:

    • I didn’t give myself the time to learn difficult new things. I assumed they should take me a week at most, not 4 weeks.
    • I scheduled too many long-distant errands in the middle of the week, and didn’t account for the recovery time I needed to get my head back in the game.

    I think my main takeaway is similar to last month’s GHDR report: I am doing OK if I allow myself the time and space to believe it. Currently I have the luxury of time without hard deadlines, and it is good to take the time to do things well the first time.

    Let’s see how the month went! (more…)

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  • GHDR Weekly Review 8.4 – Pushing Toward Tomorrow

    November 4, 2018

    Moving Toward Tomorrow Hey everyone! It’s week three of using the new review format. In summary, it’s been a eventful week for my personal stuff, but pretty uninspiring from the work side of things. I’m still spinning my wheels getting my head around the esoteric bits of Webpack so it works with our weird requirements. It has been very frustrating. I also am feeling like I am overcommitted, though it doesn’t feel like I’ve even made any commitments.

    I am looking toward thiscoming week with hope that I can just make it to the light at the end of the tunnel. Today’s image captures my feeling; it’s taken from my favorite spot at the local Starbucks, looking over the parking lot on a rainy day.


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  • GHDR Weekly Review 8.3 – The Average Week

    October 29, 2018

    An Average Week, like this sad garlic hummus Starting with the question How did the week feel: I declare that the week of October 22-28 felt average, which to me means mediocre and unexciting, and therefore is something of a let down. Nothing big was achieved. I don’t have a sense of closure or victory or achievement. In that sense, it was sort of a sucky week. though I do know that I made progress on work. It was about as satisfying as the extremely average garlic hummus I had from a local Greek Gyro place.

    For this GHDR weekly review, I’m using the process I made-up last week:

    October Review Checklist (more…)

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  • Updated Nanowrimo 2018 Word Counting Calendar for November!

    October 22, 2018

    2018 Word Counting Calendar for Tracking Nanowrimo Progress I’ve updated the popular Word Counting Calendar for Nanowrimo, the international novel writing push undertaken every November. It’s based on the 12-month calendar I make every year; it’s currently marked down to US$2.00 when you use the CALENDAR-MISER discount code on my shop because there’s only a couple of months left in the year.

    You can download the regular version on my site at or head over to my Patreon profile to grab pretty colored Nanowrimo Calendar] shown above. They’re both free, and the downloads also include the 5000 word kid version that was requested last year.

    I really like this calendar for the way it shows your progress daily. I usually update the 12 month version in December, and this year I may make the calendar more useful for tracking more kinds of efforts beyond words. If anyone has some ideas on what they’d like to see, leave a comment!


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  • GHDR Weekly Review 8.2 – Standardizing My Review Process

    October 22, 2018

    Pineapple Cakes Standardization Process - a fitting metaphor to my attempt to standardize my weekly reviews! I still find it difficult to remember what happened during the week, and I also don’t like spending too much time on these reports every Sunday. So, I’ve made more refinements to the process I laid out last week!

    First, I made a cheat sheet for remembering what my goals are:

    October Goals Setting In the sheet, I designated four areas that I’m focusing on out of my entire set of GHDR goals. The two on the left are the “elective goals” that have external relevance, while the ones on the right are ones that are more about my internal fulfillment and interests. I’m not quite sure how to describe them, but they are tasks that are currently on my mind so I’m listing them.

    To help make the task of writing this report less onerous, I’ve been noting observations in a draft of the report blog post. As a bonus, I’ve been writing my drafts in my “Knowledge Management Software” development directory:

    Knowledge Management Folder Structure While the software part isn’t working, I’m actively using the content folder to keep track of all my research and writing. It’s backed-up to a private repo on GitHub so I can access it from anywhere. For the curious, I’m using Visual Studio Code for all my text editing needs these days; it has a nice Markdown Preview built-into it.

    Next, I updated the Review Process, splitting it into three phases:


    The specific steps are also printed and taped to my laptop:

    October Review Checklist I think this will work, but I won’t know until we run through the list. Let’s see how the week of October 15-21 went! (more…)

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