An absolutely fantastic weekend really gives you renewed strength for the week ahead.  This is a busy week outside of work, though, so a refined set of objectives is the order of the day.

Work

  • [ ] Layout work for customer project
  • [ ] Kexi – liaise on mailing list re testing issues
  • [ ] CMS development
    • [ ] Feature-freeze spec
    • [ ] Roadmap & assign target dates
    • [ ] Soft launch on test web site
  • [ ] Create new web forms
  • [ ] Further company web site changes
  • [ ] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project
  • [ ] PSP account – set up and integrate
  • [ ] Update networking calendar & set new contacts targets

Life

  • [ ] Continue documentation effort for F/LOSS project
  • [ ] 2 swims – 1 mile each
  • [ ] Kung Fu
  • [ ] Cook something “new”!
  • [-] Address issues with service providers
  • [ ] Blood service – re-arrange donation

Misc

  • [ ] Uphold commitments @ old residence – see through to completion
  • [ ] Sign up to new charitable cause

“Hindsight is a beautiful thing”, I was recently reminded.  With hindsight, last week wasn’t the super-catch-up exercise I’d hoped.  But, instead, it was a good week for new ideas (all captured, naturally).

Last week:

Get back on track!

Work

  • [-] WAITING: SEO customer project
  • [X] Database update customer project. Rebuild Kexi from source and test after a fix from lead developer
  • [-] WAITING: PHP calendar development for customer
  • [-] Visual design/template revision work for customer
  • [ ] Get list together of targets for Project “L” and plan launch
  • [-] Create additional web forms to service other business areas
  • [ ] Minor company homepage change
  • [-] Review structure of site and content; trim.
  • [-] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project.

Life

  • [X] Tax return
  • [-] Siu Lim Tao / stretching
  • [ ] Pick up files for F/LOSS project and start documenting…
  • [ ] 2 swims, 1 mile each
  • [X] Some personal correspondance/organisation to be achieved.
  • [XX] Social life 🙂
  • [X] Looking forward to meal with family friends this weekend

Misc

Would like to see more:

This week:

Get real! 🙂

Work

  • [ ] Approve new service Ts & Cs
  • [ ] Kexi – liaise on mailing list re testing issues…
  • [ ] Small updates to client web site
  • [ ] Database updates to client site
  • [ ] Layout work for high priority customer project (linked with CMS dev)
  • [ ] CMS development
    • [ ] Feature-freeze spec
    • [ ] Roadmap & assign target dates
    • [ ] Soft launch on test web site
  • [-] Complete additional web forms to service other business areas (really!)
  • [ ] Business web site changes – higher priority
  • [ ] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project.
  • [ ] Networking event
  • [ ] Clarify new sales process
  • [ ] Re-evaluate financial goals for August/September and prioritise accordingly.Unplanned extras
  • Resolved a situation with web hosting accounts unable to access email.
  • Revised UML Use Cases and put into action for sales process revision.

Life

  • [ ] Pick up files from a cool F/LOSS project and start documenting…
  • [ ] 2 swims – 1 mile each
  • [ ] Cook something “new”!
  • [ ] Social life: this week, it’s on Thursday! 🙂
  • [ ] Address issues with service providers
  • [ ] Finish the book Getting Things Done
  • If time, use orgmode in more of a GTD-style method

Misc

My life doesn’t revolve around the television.  I don’t watch any terrestrial broadcasts.  I am especially uninterested in “prime”-time offerings (e.g. soaps). Ugh.  Instead…

Bit late to say week commencing yesterday, but never mind! Last week continued the tradition, this summer at least, of unending hot, sticky days.  Regardless, it was a good week for many reasons, though perhaps not the best in history 🙂

Last week:

Work

  • [-] SEO customer project
  • [-] Database update customer project. Test out Kexi
  • [-] PHP calendar development for customer
  • [X] Visual design/template revision work for customer
  • [ ] Get list together of targets for Project “L” and plan launch
  • [X] [Arrange to] visit datacenter for scheduled maintenance – the machines, not me 🙂
  • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas
  • [ ] Minor company homepage change
  • [ ] Review structure of site and content; trim.
  • [ ] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project.

I have continued to make more progress on project “W”, such that it’s starting to take on momentum of its own.  With luck, August will see it come to fruition.

Life

  • [ ] Tax return
  • [ ] Siu Lim Tao / stretching
  • [ ] Properly start my involvement in an open source project
  • [X] 2 swims, 1 mile each
  • [ ] One more form/session of exercise (run? weights?)
  • [X] Grocery shop
  • [X] Social life 🙂

I took to playing with Android on my Samsung Omnia during the weekend.  Linux (the OS in general, not just the kernel) is so hackable it’s great.  Managed to work around a low memory condition issue.

Misc

Saw:

This week:

Get back on track!

Work

  • [-] WAITING: SEO customer project
  • [ ] Database update customer project. Rebuild Kexi from source and test after a fix from lead developer
  • [ ] WAITING: PHP calendar development for customer
  • [ ] Visual design/template revision work for customer
  • [ ] Get list together of targets for Project “L” and plan launch
  • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas
  • [ ] Minor company homepage change
  • [ ] Review structure of site and content; trim.
  • [ ] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project.

Life

  • [ ] Tax return
  • [ ] Siu Lim Tao / stretching
  • [ ] Pick up files for F/LOSS project and start documenting…
  • [ ] 2 swims, 1 mile each
  • [ ] Some personal correspondance/organisation to be achieved.
  • [ ] Social life 🙂
  • [ ] Looking forward to meal with family friends this weekend

Misc

Would like to see more:

    Last week was fantastic. Lots of stuff achieved, plus a few blockers along the way which have spilled over into this week and new challenges. To top off last week, a close friend of mine had a great birthday BBQ on Saturday and then became a father on Sunday. Congrats to them!

    Last week:

    Work

    • [X] Development work on 2 customer projects
    • [X] Stay in touch prospective clients/leads
    • [ ] Get list together of targets for Project “L” and plan launch
    • [X] Review charity project costings: is there a more cost-effective approach?
    • [ ] [Arrange to] visit datacenter for scheduled maintenance – the machines, not me 🙂
    • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas
    • [ ] Minor company homepage change
    • [ ] Review structure of site and content; trim.
    • [ ] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project.
    • [X] Complete new cashflow tool.

    ** DONE Investigate why CentOS box is looking for dpkg (Debian packager) in cron job
    ** DONE Revise Project “W” PDF
    ** WAITING Put project “W” site online?

    Life

    • [ ] Tax return
    • [-] Practice Siu Lim Tao and stretching
    • [X] Clean house
    • [X] Try to get a bit of Family Guy in

    ** DONE Clean car

    Misc

    • [X] Decide on Slovakia trip
    • [X] Learn GnuCash
    • [X] A few more CDs to add to the collection

    This Week

    Work

    • [ ] SEO customer project
    • [ ] Database update customer project. Test out Kexi
    • [ ] PHP calendar development for customer
    • [ ] Visual design/template revision work for customer
    • [ ] Get list together of targets for Project “L” and plan launch
    • [ ] [Arrange to] visit datacenter for scheduled maintenance – the machines, not me 🙂
    • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas
    • [ ] Minor company homepage change
    • [ ] Review structure of site and content; trim.
    • [ ] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project.

    An unscheduled but important piece of work is also project “W”. I have made significant progress on this over the weekend and need to keep the pace up!

    Life

    • [ ] Tax return
    • [ ] Siu Lim Tao / stretching
    • [ ] Properly start my involvement in an open source project
    • [ ] 2 swims, 1 mile each
    • [ ] One more form/session of exercise (run? weights?)
    • [ ] Grocery shop
    • [ ] Social life 🙂

    Misc

    Would like to see more:

    Didn’t note in enough detail the unplanned tasks that I had to tackle last week. Am planning this week to note down the things which sidetrack me from the main goals.

    Last week:

    Work

    • [X] Support major customer project
    • [-] Development work on 2 other projects
    • [-] Stay in touch prospective clients/leads
    • [-] Kick off charity project
    • [-] Expedite tasks that are currently “WAITING”
    • [X] Clean up customer/supplier records on CRM tool
    • [-] Set up virtual machines
    • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas

    Life

    • [ ] Tax return
    • [-] Practice Siu Lim Tao and stretching
    • [X] Clean house

    Misc

    • [X] Finish FLAC’ing CD collection
    • [-] Learn GnuCash

    This Week

    Work

    • [-] Development work on 2 customer projects
    • [-] Stay in touch prospective clients/leads
    • [ ] Get list together of targets for Project “L” and plan launch
    • [ ] Review charity project costings: is there a more cost-effective approach?
    • [ ] [Arrange to] visit datacenter for scheduled maintenance – the machines, not me 🙂
    • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas
    • [ ] Minor company homepage change
    • [ ] Review structure of site and content; trim.
    • [ ] Complete SVN/Bugzilla integration project.
    • [ ] Complete new cashflow tool.

    Life

    • [ ] Tax return
    • [-] Practice Siu Lim Tao and stretching
    • [ ] Clean house
    • [ ] Try to get a bit of Family Guy in

    Misc

    • [ ] Decide on Slovakia trip
    • [-] Learn GnuCash
    • [-] A few more CDs to add to the collection

    Summary:

    Last week was a bit short, as I went on my little surf expedition early Thursday afternoon. So I’ll forgive myself for not putting X’s in all the boxes.

    From last week:

    Work

    • [-] Stay in touch prospective clients
    • [-] Kick off charity project
    • [-] Expedite tasks that are currently “WAITING”
    • [X] Complete 2nd quarter accounts
    • [ ] Clean up customer/supplier records on CRM tool
    • [ ] Set up virtual machines
    • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas

    Life

    • [ ] Tax return
    • [X] Light grocery shop
    • [ ] Practice Siu Lim Tao and stretching
    • [X] Surf trip
    • [X] Clean house

    Misc

    • [ ] Finish FLAC’ing CD collection
    • [ ] Learn GnuCash

    This week:

    Work

    • [ ] Support major customer project
    • [ ] Development work on 2 other projects
    • [-] Stay in touch prospective clients/leads
    • [-] Kick off charity project
    • [-] Expedite tasks that are currently “WAITING”
    • [ ] Clean up customer/supplier records on CRM tool
    • [ ] Set up virtual machines
    • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas

    Life

    • [ ] Tax return
    • [ ] Practice Siu Lim Tao and stretching
    • [ ] Clean house

    Misc

    • [ ] Finish FLAC’ing CD collection
    • [ ] Learn GnuCash

    Inspired by a well-known figure online, I have decided to imitate her style with a weekly [p]review blog. It is a review of the previous week, and a preview of the coming week. I will try to capture tasks that I want to see complete plus the unexpected events that everyone gets in a typical week.

    From last week:

    This is my first weekly review, so there’s nothing to see here yet!

    This week:

    Work

    • [ ] Stay in touch prospective clients
    • [ ] Kick off charity project
    • [ ] Expedite tasks that are currently “WAITING”
    • [ ] Complete 2nd quarter accounts
    • [ ] Clean up customer/supplier records on CRM tool
    • [ ] Set up virtual machines
    • [ ] Create additional web forms to service other business areas

    Life

    • [ ] Tax return
    • [ ] Light grocery shop
    • [ ] Practice Siu Lim Tao and stretching
    • [ ] Surf trip
    • [ ] Clean house

    Misc

    • [ ] Finish FLAC’ing CD collection
    • [ ] Learn GnuCash

    There is one thing I want from Org-mode more than anything: the ability to record the time I spend on various activities – even unplanned ones – and then see a summary of this time at the end of the week.

    Luckily, this is actually really simple.  I won’t go through the details of how to install or set-up Org-mode; that information is easy to read through at its rightful place.  Instead, it’s the key time-recording feature which I’ll briefly touch on here.

    How to start:

    1. Open up Emacs (not got Emacs? See the GNU web site or download it straight from the GNU FTP site)
    2. Start Org-mode by opening a .org file:

       C-x C-f  ~/org/work.org

    3. Start the clock on any item:

       C-c C-x C-i

    4. Leave it running for a minute or two and then stop the clock:

       C-c C-x C-o

    5. Now go into Agenda view:

       C-c a a

    6. When in Agenda view (commonly this opens in a second frame), just hit R:

       R

    Et voila! You should be able to see a summary of the time you have booked on your activities.