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Productivity Report - August 2019

This month's banner features a screenshot of my screen as I worked on Project 1 of Nand2Tetris.

Broad Overview

August 2019 is the 36th month in which I have tracked my productivity.

  • Fitness: 16.75 hours
  • Software Development: 18.50 hours
  • Music/Art: 0.00 hours
  • Other: 0.00 hours
  • Total productive hours: 35.25 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 1.14 hours. This might be my least productive month since I've been tracking my productivity. While I did take a week-long vacation to visit family, that doesn't totally explain August's lack of productivity. Honestly, I pretty much just took an extended break from doing anything productive. Even though I hate looking at the small numbers I've recorded for this month, I don't think the break was all that bad. I feel refreshed, and I'm already back into the swing of things.

Software Development

My goal for the month of August was to build a pc, and I did just that. In fact, I am typing this on my new pc right now. Here is what I'm working with:

  • Motherboard: ASRock MicroAtx B450M Pro4
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Video Card: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR4-3000
  • Storage: HP ssd EX900 M.2 500 GB
  • Power Supply: Corsair 550 W

The process of assembling the PC, from unboxing each component to completing Windows installation, took about 4 hours. This all definitely could have been done in far less than 4 hours, but this is my first time building a custom PC so I made sure to take my time and do it right. So far everything is working great. I have tested the PC with Grand Theft Auto V and Dark Souls 3, both with all graphics settings set as high as possible. Both games run smoothly with no issues. I know there are newer and/or more technically demanding games I could have tested with, but GTAV and DS3 are probably the two games that I have most been wanting to play on PC that I had previously been unable to play due to the technical limitations of my old PC.

I plan for this new PC to be my daily driver, so to speak. I will use it for browsing the internet, gaming, and music production. Before the Spring 2020 semester begins, I plan to purchase a cheap refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad to use as a dedicated "work" machine. One reason for this is because I think I might like to do some coding outside of my apartment, so I will need a laptop. In the meantime, I will just use my new PC for coding.

In last month's report, I mentioned that I would be continuing with classes at UIS taking Computer Organization and Software Engineering Capstone. After further consideration I decided to withdraw from both classes. Why? The cost of taking both classes would have been about $3,500 (can't remember exactly). The cost of taking only one class was right around $2,000. The thing is, Georgia Tech does not accept any transfer credit for the OMSCS program. Ultimately, I decided that I just cannot justify spending that amount of money if I'm not going to be able to use the credits. Of course, that isn't to say that I won't continue to study and learn. Before I ever enrolled in any computer science classes, I was self-studying, learning, and sharpening my skills at a rapid pace - and that is just what I am going to do for the next few months.

For the time being, I am working through a popular online course called Nand to Tetris. Nand to Tetris is essentially a computer organization / computer architecture course. So far I have completed Project 1 and started with Project 2, and I already feel that I've learned a ton. Once I complete the course, I will work on another project - probably a game or an Android app.


In August 2019, my overall fitness hours totalled to 16.75 hours. I spent 4.75 hours lifting weights, and I spent 12.00 hours on cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 1.07 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 2.71 hours.

Obviously I did not lift very often this past month. As stated previously, I was on an extended break from being productive, and that included lifting. Anyways, I'm already back on schedule with the regular routine. It's all good.


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In this past month, I spent 0 hours doing other productive stuff.

Goals for next month (September 2019):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Continue working through Nand2Tetris.

Fitness Goals:

  • Go to the gym and lift weights like usual.

Other Goals:

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