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Productivity Report - October 2019

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Overview

October 2019 is the 38th month in which I have tracked my productivity.

  • Fitness: 34.25 hours
  • Software Development: 45.75 hours
  • Music/Art: 0.00 hours
  • Other: 2.00 hours
  • Total productive hours: 82.00 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 2.65 hours. I would say it was a solid month, productivitiy-wise, especially considering that I took 4 days completely off due to a family visit.

Software Development

I spent the first 2.5 weeks of October (mostly) continuing to work through Nand2Tetris projects 6 and 7. After successfully completing project 7, I refocused my efforts on studying graphics programming with OpenGL through UCSD 167 available on edx. Currently I am in the middle of the second homework assignment. Fyi, there are only 3 homework assignments, and all of them are rather large.

Moving forward, I would love to complete Nand2Tetris, but ultimately I think completing a personal project will be more valuable. For that reason, my goal for November 2019 will be to finish hw assignment 2 of UCSD 167 and begin working on a personal project. I’m leaning toward making something with c++ and OpenGL, but I am not 100% sure as of now. I like the idea of making some sort of 3d procedural world generator (something like Minecraft) or maybe just a simple game. Github’s Gameoff takes place in November, so I may try to make something to submit for that; but I’m not making any guarantees. I do worry that a project like this won’t make as compelling a resume entry as something like an Android app, so I may make an app instead. This is the problem I always seem to face. There are so many things I want to learn, so many things I want to build, and not near enough time to do it all. I guess I just gotta pick something and go with it. What else can I do?

Fitness

In October 2019, my overall fitness hours totalled to 34.25 hours. I spent 18.75 hours lifting weights, and I spent 15.50 hours on cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 4.23 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 3.550 hours.

It seems bicycle season may have come to an end, so a reduction in cardio hours is to be expected for the next few months. Also, I have recently begun to run 10 km (6.2 mi) every cardio day (unless I go riding) as opposed to the roughly 4-5 miles I usually would run. This is nice because it should allow me to eat more through the winter without gaining too much weight.

As far as lifting goes, everything has been pretty solid as of late. I have not been missing any days, and my lifts are improving. I am still not close to where I was with my squat and deadlift prior to hurting my lower back, but that’s ok. I think I’m better off taking it sort of easy rather than risking exacerbating the injury. At least I’m doing something, and that’s better than nothing.

Music/Art

Nothing to see here.

Books

Near the end of the month I read The Enchiridion by Epictetus. It is a very brief collection of passages detailing how to attain freedom through adherence to the stoic philosophy. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is a very quick read, but dense with value. It is quite similar to Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, which is another book I highly recommend. The passages of the Enchiridion are written in a more imperative way than most philosophy texts. It is basically a handbook with instructions on how to live.

Other

In this past month, I spent 2.00 hours doing other productive stuff.

Goals for next month (November 2019):

Software Dev Goals:

  • work on a personal project

Fitness Goals:

  • Exercise hard. Don't skip workouts.

Other Goals:

  • null