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Productivity Report - February 2018

Each Month, I make a post detailing what I’ve been working on, what I’ve accomplished, and just what I’ve been up to.

Broad Overview

February 2018 is the 18th month in which I have tracked my productivity. I started the month working through the Big Nerd Ranch guide to Android Development (incomplete), before moving on to work through my second Java class.

  • Fitness: 21.25 hours
  • Software Development: 50.5 hours
  • Music: 19 hours
  • Other: 0 hours
  • Total productive hours: 93.95 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 3.24 hours.

Overall, it was a very productive month.

Software Development

My software development goal for the month of February 2018 was to:

  • Work through as much of the Big Nerd Ranch Guide to Android as I can manage before class starts.
  • Work hard in my second Java Programming class.

So far so good. I managed to get through about 1/5 of the Android book before class started. It's a pretty big book, so I think that's not too bad. Hopefully I will have time to pick up where I left off before long.

My second Java class is going well so far. I am about half way through Lesson 8 of 12, which puts me about a week ahead in the class. I feel fairly comfortable with Java now. I look forward to learning more.


In February 2018, my overall fitness hours totalled to 21.25 hours. I spent 11 hours lifting weights, and I spent 10.25 hours running and cycling (on the machine) for cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 2.75 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 2.56 hours.

I lost a bit of weight overall, I think, this month. I didn't have any fitness goals, but I can't complain.


This month I spent 19 hours making music. That's probably a new record for me.

Here is a beat I made by sampling "Operator" by Jim Croce:


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


This month I read Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware by Charles Petzold. Though hard to read at times, I really got a lot out of this book. The book is all about how computers work, and it starts off by explaining how the most basic form of a computer can be built with light bulbs and relays, then eventually gets to more modern(ish) computers. The book also gives a good overview of the history of computers. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in computer engineering or programming.

Also this month, I finished reading my Java text book - Java Programming by Joyce Farrell. I really can't say much bad about this book. It is good for what it is - an introductory book to a specific programming language. For anyone that wants to learn Java, this book is a good place to start.

Student Loan Repayment

Last month, my goal was to put $500 toward my debt. That is what I did.

In the month of February 2018, I paid $500 toward my student loan debt, which currently rests at a total of $17,498.48. Since graduating in May of 2016, I have put $26,800 toward my student loan debt. That means I have paid off $24,194.44 of the original $41,692.92 total.

Goals for next month (March 2018):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Work hard in my Java Programming class.

Fitness Goals:

  • null

Music Goals:

  • practice making beats from samples

Student Loan Repayment Goals:

  • null