February 2018 Review
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Moved into an apartment, went on vacation, had my iPad stolen, filed my taxes, finished an online course… February was a hectic month, but I’m pretty satisfied with it.
My average work day in February was noticeably more productive than in January. It helps I spent an entire week off, which I think pushed me to leave anything I was working on in an okay state, and I came back pretty refreshed. I also spent a couple days just learning CSS grid which I was very into.
- Productivity pulse of 77 (+4)
- Met All Productive Time goal 11/14 days
- Average 5h 29m (+17m) productive time per day
RescueTime Top 5 Categories:
- Software Development (42%)
- Communication & Scheduling (22%)
- Business (10%)
- Social Networking (8%)
- Utilities (6%)
My productivity seems to have shifted toward the end of the week, and I maybe crave protein to help with the more productive days? I was more distracted on Wednesdays - midweek slump, maybe?
- I’m more productive on Thursdays (20%) and log more distracting time on Wednesdays (20%)
- I consume more protein when I’m more productive (23%)
- I receive more emails on Mondays (37%)
I wanted to file my taxes early in the month so I’d get my return by the end of the month to cover costs in San Francisco, but I didn’t get to file them until after my trip, so I ended up overspending by quite a lot this month, but should have no problem making it up in March.
I also did a lot more walking in SF, and because I was on vacation, I slept quite a bit more.
- Average of 9,754 steps / day (+42.3%)
- Average of 2,061 calories / day (+1.8%)
- Average of 7h 7minutes of sleep / night (+12.9%)
- Average weight of 141.7lbs (-0.7%)
- Average body fat percentage of 11.7% (-5%)
- I spent 110.9% of my income (yikes!)
Tracking that I drank coffee correlating with less sleep is not surprising.
- I spend more time asleep when I go to bed earlier (28%)
- I track “coffee” more when I spend less time asleep (35%)
- I have more great days when I spend more time sleep (24%)
- I have a better day when I eat more (11%)
Tia and I moved! We now live in our own apartment in Queens instead of with her parents on Long Island. It’s taken a few weeks to settle in, but we’re getting there.
Have fun in San Francisco
San Fran was awesome! Went to Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Fisherman’s Wharf, rode a cable car, spent a day tasting wine in Napa, and a whole lot more. Bitter and stressful ending when our rental van had its windows smashed in and 5 bags were stolen, including mine which had my iPad in it, but overall the trip was still great.
Learn CSS Grid
I completed Wes Bos’ course at cssgrid.io, which I highly recommend! It was a really helpful walkthrough that helped me make progress on my personal site and get things rolling on a project at work. I wouldn’t say I’ve totally wrapped my head around grid yet, but this was the first meaningful step I’ve taken to really learning it.
- Set better goals for March
I’m publishing this a full week into March and I never sat down to make better goals before March arrived, so I won’t be crossing this one off. I do think my March focus goals are a bit better than February, though.
- Publish my new website
It’s nearly finished, I just need to finish writing what I want it to say and call it good enough.
- Schedule time to watch Layout Land
I attended An Event Apart in Seattle last year, where I saw Jen Simmons present on the capabilities of CSS grid, and since then I’ve been really interested in learning it. Now she’s working on a fantastic series of videos, which I plan to spend some time watching. I’ve blocked off 30 minutes every morning at work to watch a video (or more, if I can fit them) to continuing learning grid. I think this will be a great way to start my day - coffee and Layout Land.
- Increase automatic savings transfers to 10% of my income
I have a few automatic transfers to savings accounts, both for short term savings and retirement. Currently, those automatic transfers are about 5% of my take home pay, and I make some manual transfers throughout the month. I get paid semi-monthly, so my paychecks come on predictable dates, which makes scheduling automatic transfers really convenient. I can effectively pretend that the money going to savings doesn’t exist and plan accordingly. Eventually, I’d like to reach 20% being saved automatically, but that’s a huge shift so I’m going to start smaller by going to 10% and get used to a budget with those considerations.