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Productivity Report - January/February 2020

This month's banner features part of my desk as I worked on a school project.

Overview

First off, you'll notice that I've combined January 2020 and February 2020 into this single blog post. The reason is simply because I neglected to write up January's post in a timely manner. For simplicity's sake, I'm just combining the last two months' posts into one. Secondly, considering I am unemployed you may notice that my overall productive hours are not terrific (maybe not absolutely terrible, but not great). I have had and am still having some growing pains in adjusting to my life as an unemployed student. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I made a major change in my life recently by quitting my job to focus on school.

January 2020 is the 41st month in which I have tracked my productivity.

  • Fitness: 14.25 hours
  • Software Development: 119.75 hours
  • Music/Art: 0.00 hours
  • Other: 0.75 hours
  • Total productive hours: 134.75 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 4.35 hours.

February 2020 is the 42nd month in which I have tracked my productivity.

  • Fitness: 7.00 hours
  • Software Development: 105.25 hours
  • Music/Art: 0.00 hours
  • Other: 2.00 hours
  • Total productive hours: 114.25 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 3.94 hours.

Software Development

January 2020 was the month in which my time as a Georgia Tech OMSCS student began. I was enrolled in Advanced Operating Systems (AOS) and Intro to Information Security (IIS). As of February 26, I have withdrawn from IIS. It isn't ideal, and I'm not proud of myself; but here is the reason. Simply put, I took too much time off during one week in particular, and I fell too far behind. As it turns out, one class, AOS, has the workload I would expect from 3 average graduate level classes combined. IIS, on the other hand, has about an average workload, maybe slightly above average. Even though I fell behind, I am confident I could have managed to pass both classes if I had not withdrawn from IIS. So why did I withdraw? Well, the reason I enrolled in OMSCS in the first place is because I want to learn and improve as a programmer. Getting a job is only a secondary motivation for me. I already had a good job as a mechanical engineer. I quit that job so that I could learn and improve as a programmer at a faster rate. Maybe it will take me an extra semester to finish the program now; and sure, I pretty much just put $500 in the shredder (withdrawal means no refund). But playing catch-up in both classes was not going to give me the best learning experience. Yeah, I'm dissapointed in myself, but it is what it is. Overall, I consider this recent failure of mine a valuable learning experience. Fwiw, I did have an A in IIS at the time of withdrawal. I'll be ready to conquer it in a future semester (hopefully over the summer if it is offered).

Fitness

In January 2020, my overall fitness hours totalled to 14.25 hours. I spent 8.50 hours lifting weights, and I spent 5.75 hours on cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 1.92 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 1.30 hours.

In February 2020, my overall fitness hours totalled to 7.00 hours. I spent 5.25 hours lifting weights, and I spent 1.75 hours on cardio. My average lifting hours per week was 1.27 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 0.42 hours.

Yeah, this is terrible. Fortunately, my weight has not changed much in the past few months; although, I definitely have lost some muscle. My cardio fitness has suffered a bit as well, but really no big deal. I need to get my motivation in order. That much is clear. Obviously, I'm not perfect. I'm just glad I had the idea to start this blog a few years ago. It really helps me hold myself accountable. When I have periods of laziness like this, I can't just hide it from the world. I have to write about it in my blog and enshrine my shame eternally on the web.

Music/Art

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Other

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

Goals for next month (March 2020):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Work hard in school, and learn stuff about computers.

Fitness Goals:

  • Get back into the habit of daily exercise.

Other Goals:

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