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Productivity Report - September 2017

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. This month's banner image features a rainbow outside my office window.

Broad Overview

September 2017 is the thirteenth month in which I have tracked my productivity. My productivity level this month was ok, considering I missed several days due to vacation and a business trip. My main focus for the month was continuing to work on my office management game, tentatively titled Widget CEO.

  • Fitness: 26 hours
  • Software Development: 47 hours
  • Music: 21.5 hours
  • Other: 6.75 hours
  • Total productive hours: 101.25 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 3.27 hours.

My productivity level for the month of September 2017 was about average. I guess I can't complain, but it feels like I could have done more.

Software Development

My software development goals for the month of September was to:

  • Work hard on my new game, Widget CEO.

While I did put a decent amount of work into Widget CEO this month (47 hours), I unfortunately (again) have it in a bit of a broken state at the moment as I work on a new pathfinding algorithm. What that means is that there will be no video this month.

But now with the end of the year quickly approaching, I really need to decide what it is I want to do with Widget CEO. While it has been a great project, a tremendous learning experience, and has a ton of potential to actually be a fun game, I think I will aim to wrap it up by the end of October. Now, I very well may come back to Widget CEO in the future, but I want to at least have something resembling a complete project by the end of the month. More or less, what I have left to implement are pathfinding, title screen, some balancing, and a few other minor details.

My goal for October 2017 will be to bring Widget CEO to a (temporary?) close.

Fitness

In September 2017, my overall fitness hours totalled to 26 hours. I spent 18.5 hours lifting weights, and I spent 7.5 hours running and cycling for cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 4.32 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 1.75 hours.

I switched up my lifting routine again. Now I am doing a short full body routine 4 days a week. I'll give an update in next month's report with how it's working out for me.

Here is a graph of my daily weight throughout September (I missed a few days):

Overall, I think I gained a little bit. Not much change (which is A-OK with me).

My goal for the month was to workout regularly. I think I did so for the most part. This goal will stand for October as well.

Music

It's been about two months now since I've been practicing music composition every Tuesday and Friday. I still don't really know what I'm doing. So far I'm mostly just playing around with different sounds and techniques.

Here are a couple of songs I made during September 2017:

Other

In this past month, I spent 6.75 hours doing other productive stuff.

Student Loan Repayment

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

In the month of September 2017, I paid $500 toward my student loan debt, which currently rests at a total of $19,713.36. Since graduating in May of 2016, I have put $24,300 toward my student loan debt. That means I have paid off $21,979.56 of the original $41,692.92 total. (For those wondering about how the numbers add up, keep in mind that some of the money I pay toward my debt goes to paying off interest).

Goals for next month (October 2017):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Work hard on my new game concept, Widget CEO, and bring it to a close.

Fitness Goals:

  • Work out regularly

Student Loan Repayment Goals:

  • Pay off at least $500.