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Productivity Report - March 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

March 2018 is the 19th month in which I have tracked my productivity. I spend the first part of the month finishing up my Java Programming 2 class. After that I began working on an Android app tentatively titled the Inspiration Generator.

  • Fitness: 24 hours
  • Software Development: 35.75 hours
  • Music/Art: 6.75 hours
  • Other: 2 hours
  • Total productive hours: 68.5 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 1.99 hours.

This March was one of the least productive months I have had in a while. What are my excuses? Well, I had friends visit one weekend, so that took away some of my productive time. But really, I have no good excuse. After finishing my class, I just got a little lazy. Nevertheless, I did get some stuff done this past month, and I feel well rested and ready to get back to work in April.

Software Development

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

  • Work hard in my Java Programming class.

Mission accomplished. I completed the course early with perfect credit. I actually had a lot of fun with some of the homework assignments for the course, since many of the assignments involved making games. Throughout the course, I used Java to create Tic-Tac-Toe, Battleship, Blackjack, and some other less common games.

After finishing up with the final assignment around the middle of the month, I got to work on my Inspiration Generator app. The basic idea is that the user will select which type of art he/she is looking to create (music, visual art, literature), and the app will provide the user with some random art of a different category to prompt them with some inspiration. For example, if the user needs some inspiration to create a piece of music, the app will provide a random word and a random visual art piece (pulled from Reddit's Art subreddit).

Fitness

In March 2018, my overall fitness hours totalled to 24 hours. I spent 15.25 hours lifting weights, and I spent 8.75 hours running and cycling (on the machine) for cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 3.44 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 1.98 hours.

There was no significant weight gain or loss this month.

Music/Art

This month I took a break from music and gave drawing a try. I split my time between working through Andrew Loomis's book Fun with a Pencil and practicing drawing whatever I felt like. Honestly, I was not enjoying art so much, although I do think it would be a useful skill to have. Either way, moving forward, I will probably go back to focusing on music production every Tuesday and Friday.

Other

In this past month, I spent 2 hours doing other productive stuff.

Well, maybe that is a bit of an understatement. While I did not record it, I do think the time I spend this month on cleaning and decorating my office could be considered productive. Specifically, I got a myself a new (used) Herman Miller chair, an American flag, a poster, a large bulletin board, and a whiteboard. The bulletin board and whiteboard have already proven useful. Check it out:

Books

This month I have been reading The Algorithm Design Manual by Steven Skiena. So far, I can say that this book contains a ton of useful information, and will perhaps be useful to me in the future as a reference on data structures and algorithms. Since I am not actually working through any of the example problems in the book, I know that I am not getting the most out of it; but I do think there is some value to be gained through a light reading like I am doing.

Student Loan Repayment

This month, I paid another $500 toward my debt.

In the month of March 2018, I paid $500 toward my student loan debt, which currently rests at a total of $16,973.24. Since graduating in May of 2016, I have put $27,300 toward my student loan debt. That means I have paid off $24,719.68 of the original $41,692.92 total.

Goals for next month (April 2018):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Work hard on my Inspiration Generator App.
  • Participate in Ludum Dare 41

Fitness Goals:

  • null

Music Goals:

  • null

Student Loan Repayment Goals:

  • null