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

CATEGORIES 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 VS. EXPENSES AMOUNT
Income $7488.63
401k contribution $1930.00
Total Spending $7113.49
Net Gain $2305.14
Savings Rate 24.5%
ACCOUNTS AMOUNT
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.

Exercise

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.

Reading

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.

Exercise

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.

Reading

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.

Exercise

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.

Reading

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.

Insights

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.