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Productivity Report - December 2018

This month's banner features my Christmas tree.

Broad Overview

December 2018 is the 28th month in which I have tracked my productivity.

  • Fitness: 15 hours
  • Software Development: 18.75 hours
  • Music/Art: 3.25 hours
  • Other: 1 hours
  • Total productive hours: 38 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 26.85 hours.

Software Development

My software development goal for the month of December 2018 was:

  • Complete final exam in Data Structures and Algorithms class.

Mission accomplished. My final grade for the course was 102/100. Now I'm looking forward to starting Programming Languages and Intro to Operating Systems in January. I may or may not withdraw from one of the classes if the workload seems too heavy. Both of these are generally considered to be difficult classes, so we'll just see how it goes.

After I finished with the Data Structures and Algorithms class, for my next project I started to play around with Jfugue, which is an API for programmatic music production. In particular, I was attempting to create a procedural rap beat generator. Honestly, I haven't made too much progress so far, but I may continue with this project when I have more time. In its current state, my program will generate a random chord progression and a drum pattern. The drum pattern generation could use some work, but it's a good start.

My goal for January 2019 is just to work hard in my classes. I hate not having time to work on personal projects, but I'm learning a lot of good stuff in my classes that I will be able to incorporate into future projects.

Fitness

In December 2018, my overall fitness hours totalled to 15 hours. I spent 9.5 hours lifting weights, and I spent 5.5 hours running and cycling for cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 2.14 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 1.24 hours.

My goal for the month was to put at least 18 hours into fitness. If you're any good at ciphering, you've probably already realized that I fell 3 hours short of my goal. What happened? Well, I was on vacation from December 21 to January 1, and I did not do anything much productive at all during that time - including exercise. I forgive myself. For what it's worth, I did exercise almost every day of the month leading up to my vacation. Unfortunately, almost every day isn't all that great. I should be exercising every single day.

My goal for January will be to put at least 20 hours into fitness.

Music/Art

I spent 3.25 hours on music this month. Most of that time was spent working on lyrics.

Now I will make a confession - I am a rapper. So far I have fully produced 3 rap songs, meaning I made the beat and wrote and performed the lyrics. I have also written and performed lyrics for maybe about 10 beats made by other producers. With that said, I will never post or link to any of my rap music on this website. This is my (semi-)professional website, and everything posted here will be of a (semi-)professional tone. I prefer to keep my lyrical creations separate from my professional life.

Other

In this past month, I spent 1 hour doing other productive stuff (writing a blog entry).

Books

This past month I read Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo by Plato, translated by G.M.A. Grube. These five separate works, when looked at as a whole, paint a picture of Socrates's trial, imprisonment, and execution. Overall, I'd say each of these dialogues are a good read. Many suggest this collection as an intro to philosophy as a whole, and I think that's probably not too bad an idea. A lot of topics are covered, and the entire collection is only 150-ish pages. In my opinion, none of these dialogues can hold a candle to The Republic, but there is definitely some thought provoking stuff in there.

Currently I am reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Goals for next month (January 2019):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Work hard in Programming Languages and Operating Systems classes.

Fitness Goals:

  • Put in at least 20 hours of lifting and/or cardio.