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Productivity Report - September 2018

This month's banner features a close-up shot of a jar of homemade walnut-almond butter.

Broad Overview

September 2018 is the 25th month in which I have tracked my productivity. Overall, my productivity level for the month was about average.

  • Fitness: 26.25 hours
  • Software Development: 47.25 hours
  • Music/Art: 0 hours
  • Other: 2.25 hours
  • Total productive hours: 75.75 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 2.47 hours.

Software Development

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

  • Work hard in my Data Structures and Algorithms class. Take the time to really learn this material.

So far, I will call my efforts in this on-going goal a success. At the end of the month, I am just about 2 weeks ahead in the course materials/assignments. As of now, I can already say that I've learned a lot from this class, and I look forward to working through the rest of the assignments.


In September 2018, my overall fitness hours totalled to 26.25 hours. I spent 14.00 hours lifting weights, and I spent 8.5 hours running and cycling for cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 3.27 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 1.98 hours. My stretching hours totalled to 3.75 hours.

You may notice that my fitness hours are way down from last month. Why? Well, in short, I am trying to recover. I've already been doing a sort of low-impact lifting routine for the past couple of months to let my lower back recover; and lately, I've noticed my hamstrings are always super sore, so I've been taking it easy on cardio as well. I do wonder if my plant-based diet is the reason my hamstrings are always so sore. I've been through periods of intense lifting and cardio before, and I don't remember having this problem.

Also, I must admit, I've been losing strength. This, I attribute to the diet with 99% confidence. I need to make an adjustment. For one, I'm going to eat tofu more often. If I remain unable to gain/maintain adequate strength/musculature with this diet, then I will have to reconsider the whole thing. Ultimately, health is most important, but strength is important too.




In this past month, I spent 2.25 hours doing other productive stuff.


This month I read The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. I figured the book is short enough to read quickly, and it seems like an important topic to learn about. Unfortunately, The Communist Manifesto probably isn't the best book to read if you want to know all about communism. This book is more of a call-to-arms than anything else. The goal of the book seems more toward riling people up to fight than toward teaching about its main philosophy. For this reason, I cannot recommend the book.

Goals for next month (October 2018):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Continue to work hard in my Data Structures and Algorithms class.

Fitness Goals:

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