Daily Entry: November 7th, 2018

Backlog Thinking

Was feeling much better today, so I went to work.

Ate a ton of sugar. Had bad impulse control. Actually got fewer pomodoros in than the two prior days (6 vs 8 vs 8).

Lots of twitter and political news reading.

Waited too long to backlog and don't remember time block specifics nor anything else. Things are in this weird place where I'm not completely out of comission but my faculties are limited. Going thru and backlogging while I still have some memory... fever-dream-esque as they might be.

Daily Entry: November 4th, 2018

Backlog Thinking

I knew at this point that I'd be working from home the next two days. Managed to troubleshoot the wife's computer back into working order and play a lot of Overwatch. That's basically it.

I also took advantage of being on my old computer to grab most of the important data off of it. There's still some backups of Nintendo games on there, but nothing I'm worried about losing anymore. Password file is now fully transferred to LastPass.

Daily Entry: November 3rd, 2018

Today's log.

October Spending

Medical $1,974.12
Shared Expenses $1,677.24
Yearly Expenses (Thanksgiving) $1,126.80
Food $769.54
Just for Fun $444.50
Tools - Rosse $432.02
Debt Payments $350.00
Tucson Travel $193.25
Quality of Life Goals $74.87
Transportation $66.15
Income $7488.63
401k contribution $1930.00
Total Spending $7113.49
Net Gain $2305.14
Savings Rate 24.5%
Bank Minus Credit Cards $19,187.64
Vanguard Personal Account $19,448.19
Vanguard IRA (Rollover) $60,718.28
Vangurad Mixpanel 401K $14,569.70
Rincon ESOP $42,400.00
Betterment $12,949.92
Student Loan Debt -$10,899.17
Net Worth $158,374.56
Dollar increase from last review -$2,029.35
Percentage increase from last month -1.28%

Stock market continues to be on sale. Hence me losing $2k even though that's how much I managed to save. This month was a bit tough on my finances based on FIRE standards (based on normal standards saving almost a fourth of my income is quite an accomplishment). Also, thanks to increased 401k contributions, I'm taking advantage of these cheap stocks!

Medical costs outside my insurance also hurt a bit, but it should be significantly cheaper next month. Just the initial expense was the largest. It may also help on taxes. Also, I waited two whole extra days to buy plane tickets and they were $600 more expensive. That's almost another 7% of my income lost. Lesson learned.

Also, there will be no more significant travel expenses for the rest of the year. The wife and I are going to be a bit travelled out, too. Plus, we have plenty of card points for future travel. Should save a significant chunk of change for a while.

Empty Your Head

I don't quite have full data on this, yet, but it seems like my productivity spikes two times a year: once around spring and once around the end of summer. Further, summer is a time I can be pretty stable with a controllable sleep schedule. Winter feels like the time for sleep and forward drift (though I seem to have stabilized at waking up around 0900).

It'll be interesting to follow these patterns as my logging continues into the future.

Be Creative and Courageous

I didn't end up devoting any resources today to work on side projects of any kind. Not sure how I feel about that. To a certain extent it's disappointing, but reasonable. Feeling a bit under the weather and the fact that I got this far at all is pretty good, in all honesty. Also, the lazy bits today were much better than my usual choices. There was some YouTube and Twitter in there to be sure, but I also went ahead and read Thinking in Bets and played Delta Rune.

Now, my main goal was to do no reading this weekend to focus on the projects that I need to build momentum for, but better that I read actual books and play video games than do super passive stuff like watch YouTube and read Twitter. The book and the game didn't leave me feeling somewhat hollow, at least.

They in fact motivate me to be better.

And I may have some time tomorrow to make up for my distractions today.

Daily Entry: November 2nd, 2018

Today's log..

Work Thinking

The project I'm working on will be finished on time, but it definitely is not going according to the plan. I'm also not documenting what's going on enough. I need to do a post-mortem so I can improve on this sort of thing moving forward.


I may be getting a tiny bit ill? So I've decided to just do the exercises, but not push it at all. Recovery-mode only. I ran slowly to work, skipped pull ups, and walked home.

Personal Projects

I have a lot of stuff to start momentum for here. This weekend it'll be a serious goal to:

  • diagnose what's wrong with the wife's computer
  • start working on my timer remake again
  • get outstanding IGDA stuff handled

Need to avoid reading the book this weekend. I'm already well on-pace to finishing it before it's due.


Thinking in Bets continues to be a solid read. Thankfully, I think I've already internalized what this book has to say. What I think this book is attempting to teach is how to be intellectually honest. Something I noticed as lacking in myself around highschool, and something I still have a long way to go on.

Thinking about how I could execute various things better is something I already do, even if I did well at whatever I'm reflecting on. Further, I have a buddy setup in my wife, who is ever patient with my slow progress. Even at work I have several people keeping me honest (and who are thrilled with how well I respond to feedback).

So, I'm in a pretty good place for self-improvement. I'm even being challenged with information incomplete situations, and now I'm noting them more.

But, I'm reading a bit too much and not doing enough (at least at home), so I shall abstain from reading more of this book this weekend.

Daily Entry: November 1st, 2018

Today's log.

Looking at the Past

Past me had some solid advice: lazy me is not to be trusted. I found myself tired as I arrived home, and ended up reading Thinking in Bets instead of following the plan.

At one point, I considered just trying to go to sleep early. No, no, no, I have a ritual I agreed to do. So, stretching, planking, and then this review is what I did. We can talk about that more below.

Work Thinking

I think I'm in a solid place at work. Things are taking longer than anticipated, but I think I can still make my estimated goal, as I have vastly decreased scope of the task via removing unnecessary work. Tomorrow, I'll get all the PRs necessary for the task out for review. Monday, I'll address feedback, and Tuesday I'll deploy.


Planking is painful in a paranoia-inducing way, so I'm not pushing it right now. I have only just restarted the habit, and I'm really pushing my body in other exercises, so let's just be nice to myself here and stay between 1 and 2 minutes of planking for a bit.

Until I'm back to waking up around 0600, I will be climbing both weekend days. This means quite a bit of exercise everyday... so we'll see if I don't cut out some running somewhere else if it seems to be too much.

I have realized something very important: I hate stretching. There is always friction to start a stretching session. Sometimes I enjoy the stretching itself, but it's quite possible I will not. But I am always glad I stretched when I did. This is one of those things that Peak discussed: getting better is not fun. But the rewards are worth it. Focus on why it needs to be done, not how much I don't want to do it.

Personal Projects

There was plannend time for personal projects today, but once again I am letting it slide. I think I might be able to sleep early today, and that's worth trying. Personal project time will happen, though, Stephan. It will. This weekend at the very least. But it will return to the everyday.

Just not today.


Really enjoying Thinking in Bets. It has become a book about methods to overcoming one's own biases. Which I am super down for.

Daily Entry: October 31st, 2018

Today's log.

Looking at the Past

It is the third mensiversary of the shock to my system, and my productivity is resilient, but I want it to be ever better. 50 pomodoros doesn't feel good enough anymore, really. Though perhaps it is the quality and strictness of my sytem. Something to ruminate on.

Though, I got some good stuff from my tech lead today. It was sent to me in private so I will keep it as such.

Yesterday, I revised the formal structure of my day-to-day posts. It's an exciting thing, Stephan. And painful. Reading yesterday's post... ugh. So many sentences starting with the same word. Just a long big of grabbing information and writing it down without any thought to its surrounding context. No flow and no rhythm. Clearly an instance of missing the forest for the trees. Let's fix that. Or, well, let's work on it.

The time has come to be better.


The time has come to practice at being better.

Work Thinking

The stats for my work can be in my log, Stephan. This area is for work. There were several factors working against me being productive today:

  • a hard run to work
  • a field trip as I got to work
  • some... questionable sleep quality

There was a fight today to be productive at all. I watched YouTube, I read articles, I napped. The nap, perhaps, helped. But what definitely helped was me chanting, in my head, over and over, "Start a pomodoro."

Only got 4 in, but that's something. Falling further behind my work goals, but I'm still making progress and should have an additional PR to get feedback on tomorrow.

Also, I seriously underestimated the feedback I would receive. Need to plan for that for sure next time, and make sure I get chunks out fast enough for feedback. No large PRs. Ever! It doesn't have to be shipped, it just has to be made in chunks, and can be stitched and shipped together when all the pieces have been peer reviewed.


Looking very likely that I'll be running during the weekdays and climbing on the weekends. Running was hard today. A hard win in the morning and a hard slog on my way home. Stretching was a chore, and planking was painful. I'm leaning into this feeling but will keep myself from going too far. Strong and fast, not injured and limping.


Thinking in Bets is already a provoking bit of reading. The gist I have gotten so far is that life is an "incomplete information" game, and thus we have to make bets based on that information. The purpose of the book, I gather, is to help the reader divide the quality of one's decisions from the quality of one's results, and from there learn to make higher quality decisions.

I'm excited to dive deeper, Stephan.


The insight is, as usual, that lazy me is not to be trusted. If I should be working and am not, the answer is either a nap or to start the ritual to start working anyways.

Daily Entry: October 30th, 2018

There's a bunch of stuff I don't care to read in my daily diary. I skip right past it except for when I'm trying to gather some details. I'm thinking that I should have another place for that stuff, and just my day-to-day thoughts can be written down here.

So, logs are here from now on.

Today's log.

Work Thinking

I have not made the progress planned in my design doc already. I didn't allocate time for polishing PRs and editing them for feedback. Today was quite a bit of that (I have split the work into several JIRA tickets worth of PRs).

This is something to keep in mind for the next design doc. I will note in the timeblock which pomodoros were what.

This is something my pomodoro tool should do automatically, and yet another reason to jump back into its development.

This is fine, though. I didn't expect to be good at planning right out of the gate. I need to make sure I do a post-mortem.


I did not make time for climbing today. I may not make time for climbing tomorrow, either. If I don't get any climbing in during the week days, I will climb both days of the weekend.

I did 5 sets of 3 pull ups today. I'm doing various means of around 15 pull ups. Tomorrow, I may try 6-5-4.

I ended up walking to work to get some errands done on the way to work. Specifically, I dropped off the wife and mine's votes in the ballot box. I also returned the books I had to the library and picked up a new one (Thinking in Bets).

I did, however, run home in 22:58. That's slightly faster than 10 minutes per mile, which is great for a recovery run. Might be a sign that my "normal" running speed is getting faster.

Too many times I did stretching and planking after making this post, so I made sure to do it before today. Managed a 2:15 plank. I time with a clock just because I'm curious. During the plank I'm counting breaths. I held for 80 breaths today. I plan to hold for 90 tomorrow.

Personal Projects

I've been letting this area slip. But! stuff I'm doing at work may be developing a useful skill for home projects: planning and estimating. It may also be prudent to find a group of peers that will motivate me to keep going on these projects.

In any case, I need to step up my IGDA game, been letting it slip. At the same time, I really want to make a better pomodoro app for my personal use. I need to track more things!


As of last Saturday, I have finished PEAK. I really enjoyed it and am trying to apply it in various areas of my life:

  • work
  • exercise
  • personal projects (this one is proving a bit stubborn)

I also read a pretty terrible book before PEAK called the New One-Minute Manager. It's not that it didn't have any good content. It's that it had very little good content. It was already a super short book, but I think there were maybe 4 good pages in it, and the good I found I had already gotten similar stuff from 4DX.

But all this thinking has led me to realize... I've gotten a fair amount of reading in this year. I may want to have a bit at the end of the year where I review all those books.

A lot of it is properly stored in my library lists. Yep! 10 books (12 counting cookbooks) this year. I'm going at a book per month rate! That's pretty exciting.

Something to think about.

I also did some browsing of twitter today and read the usual blogs.


Work has a lot of audible distractions lately so I've been listening to Here's How on endless repeat to help me focus.


Been watching Daredevil (season 3) on Netflix. It's starting off pretty strong, I think. We'll see if it has that usual slump in the middle.


I have revised how I go about this diary. I got my log elsewhere, which holds all those checklists and stuff I fill out each day. I'm also no longer doing time stamps. It was a good idea at the time, but they're kinda just placed randomly. Now, there's some struture with some actual headings.

I think this will be vastly supperior, and also it should help me develop my writing capabilities a bit. A few too many of my sentences start with "I", Stephan.

Linking to the log at the beginning of each post may help things out for when I'm reviewing past posts.

My whole blog setup for this diary (and now log) is wrong. There are processes that I'm expected to use. I'll fix it sometime soon (making an action item for it).

Daily Entry: October 29th, 2018

Mon Oct 29 19:47:32 UTC 2018
  • Sleep questions DONE
  • Weight DONE
  • Calorie Plan DONE
  • Fill timeblock DONE
  • Calendar DONE
  • Tickler
    • Physical SKIPPED
    • Wunderlist SKIPPED
  • Inbox
    • Physical SKIPPED
    • Wunderlist SKIPPED
    • Email SKIPPED
  • Goals for the Day SKIPPED
  • Slack SKIPPED
  • Actions
    • Trello SKIPPED
    • Wunderlist SKIPPED
Mon Oct 29 19:47:56 UTC 2018

Morning sleep questions:

  • Do you remember your dream?
    • A little. I was hanging out at my old job's office.
  • What time did you get into bed last night?
    • 2300
  • What time did you turn everything off and try to fall asleep?
    • 2400
  • How long did it take you to fall asleep?
    • 10 minutes
  • Did you wake up during the night? How often? How long were you awake total?
    • 0800: 5 minutes
  • What time was your final awakening this morning?
    • 0930
  • What time did you get out of bed?
    • 1000
  • Did anything unusual happen yesterday that might have affected your sleep? (illness, disturbances, emotional stress, etc.)
    • No
  • What is the total amount of time you slept last night in hours and minutes? (best estimate)
    • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Did you take any medication that might have affected your sleep? What? When?
    • No

Evening sleep questions:

  • Did you nap today? How many times? When? How long?
    • Two attempts. 1630: 20 minutes
    • 1800: 20 minutes
  • Did you consume any medicine that you do not take on a daily basis? What? How much? When?
    • No
  • Did you have any caffeinated or alcoholic beverages today? What? How much? When?
    • @1200 15 mg caffeine (Brew Dr Kombucha)
  • Please rate your average sleepiness today on a scale of 1 - 10. (1 = wide awake, 10 = very sleepy)
    • 7
  • What time did you start blocking blue light?
    • 2230
Mon Oct 29 19:55:09 UTC 2018


  • @1000: 213.4 lbs
  • @1930: 214.4 lbs
Mon Oct 29 19:55:47 UTC 2018

Calorie goals for the day:

  • Less than 20g added sugar
  • Less than 3000 calories
  • 20g protein 5 times today

Protein @1000:

  • Soy protein: 110
  • Pumpkin: 50 (160)

Lunch @1200:

  • Banana: 100 (260)
  • Plum: 100 (360)
  • Rice and beans and tofu: 500 (860)
  • Ripple pea milk: 70 (930)
  • Apple: 100 (1030)
  • Brew Dr Kombucha: 50 (1080)

Snack @1300:

  • Banana: 100 (1180)
  • Clementine: 40 (1220)
  • Nacho black bean chips: 130 (1350)
  • Wholly guacamole: 100 (1450)
  • Hippeas: 200 (1650)

Protein @1500:

  • Pea protein: 100 (1130)
  • Banana: 100 (1230)

Dinner @1900:

  • Tofu: 300 (1530)
  • Cereal: 500 (2030)

Protein @2100:

  • Soy protein: 110 (2140)
Mon Oct 29 19:59:20 UTC 2018
Time (PDT) Intention Revision 1 Revision 2
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0030 SLEEP
0100 SLEEP
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0200 SLEEP
0230 SLEEP
0300 SLEEP
0330 SLEEP
0400 SLEEP
0430 SLEEP
0500 SLEEP
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0600 SLEEP
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1000 Morning routine
1030 Run to work (17:50)
1100 Start of work routine
1130 Backlog
1200 Lunch with interviewee
1230 Planning
1300 Pomodoro: Integrations Aimless meandering
1330 Pomodoro: Integrations Pomodoro: Work Weekly Review
1400 Pomodoro: Integrations
1430 Pomodoro: Integrations
1500 Pomodoro: Integrations
1530 Pomodoro: Integrations
1600 Pomodoro: Integrations
1630 Pomodoro: Integrations Nap attempt
1700 NAP Pomodoro: Integrations
1730 Pomodoro: Integrations
1800 Pomodoro: Integrations Nap attempt
1830 Run home (18:10)
1900 Shower/Cooking Shower
1930 Cooking/Eating Eating
2000 Pomodoro: Daily Review TV: Next Gen
2030 Pomodoro: Timer Remake TV: Next Gen
2100 TV: Daredevil TV: Next Gen
2130 TV: Daredevil TV: YouTube
2200 SLEEP Voting
2230 SLEEP Daily Review
2300 SLEEP Stretching
2330 SLEEP Winding down
Tue Oct 30 05:28:14 UTC 2018
  • Sleep questions DONE
  • Weight DONE
  • Calorie Plan DONE
  • Fill timeblock DONE
  • Calendar DONE
  • Tickler
    • Physical DONE
    • Wunderlist DONE
  • Inbox
    • Physical DONE
    • Wunderlist DONE
    • Email DONE
  • Review last year DONE
  • Review last month DONE
  • Review last week DONE
  • Review yesterday DONE
  • Review the Day
    • Work DONE
    • Climbing DONE
    • Pull ups DONE
    • Running DONE
    • Stretching DONE
    • Plank DONE
    • Personal projects DONE
    • Reading DONE
    • Listening N/A
    • Watching DONE
    • Are there any insights you had today that are worth writing down? DONE
  • Slack SKIPPED
  • Actions
    • Trello SKIPPED
    • Wunderlist SKIPPED
Tue Oct 30 06:10:15 UTC 2018

Last month, I got a blister climbing, and yesterday I got a blister. They are very similar blisters as well. Mirror images of each other, even.

Tue Oct 30 06:12:31 UTC 2018

Today, I made a design doc/plan of action for the "Integrations" task I have been assigned. It took me longer than it should have, and I should have done it when first diving in, but this could be the beginning of a great habit and skill. Let's see if my estimates can be accurate, Stephan!

No climbing today as I went climbing yesterday. Hopefully I can fit it in tomorrow.

Did 4 sets of 4 pull ups today.

Ran to work in 17:50 and ran home in 18:10. Those are solid times. Now let's slowly shrink them!

Stretching and planking will be after this review. Update: stretched did 2:10 plank.

I had planned for personal projects but did not devote any time to it. I also didn't do any personal pomodoros (both planning and review were done outside a pomodoro today). Let's not make this a habit. I need to apply my "gain energy by starting pomodoro" powers at home again.


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I have run out of imaginary currency. Either I need to break the twitter habit or I may break my extension....