Weeknote for 4/3/2022



It turns out my local wiki installation works already, so now I need to contact the web host for help. What I thought was a local server error was the browser being redirected to the remote website. Once I got all the settings adapted, the local website worked fine, so I need to see what the web host can tell me.



I spent the week getting over a cold or something. I’ll blame that for my extra naps and low productivity. On the bright side, I learned how to use those at-home COVID tests and got a negative result. The remains of the illness are still hanging on, but that’s how it goes these days with my immune-suppressing medications. At least I don’t have a cough this time. Weeks of coughing is very annoying.



I’m taking stock of the strengths and weaknesses of my productivity system. Generally I’ve been able to stabilize some of my everyday life maintenance so that my quality of life is much better than it used to be. I’ve also come up with some better ways to push myself through my knowledge work. But my system still hasn’t resulted in significantly more project time or faster progress on my projects. I still have a lot of thinking to do, but some ideas I’ve had for improvements are (1) coding a script to extract data from Google Sheets so I can analyze all this activity I’ve been tracking, (2) brainstorming ways to deal with fatigue, and (3) coding an activity alert app to help me focus when I’m working at the computer.

I’m trying out managing my personal projects using a Kanban board in Jira. I’ll see if the cards-in-columns format helps me visually juggle my projects more easily. One of the key factors in Kanban is the work-in-progress (WIP) limit, which pushes you not to accept more work than you can handle at a time. I’m expecting this approach to help me make more conscious decisions about when to take on what projects and when to resist interrupting them with other projects, since that’s a pattern that seems to hold me back.



I did nothing on the everyday prayer project. I’m thinking I’ll keep working on this past Easter till it’s done. But I’ll see what I think after the Kanban board gets going.

Life maintenance


This week’s major project will be my taxes. You’d think someone with a productivity system would have them done by now, but no. But I will finish them before the last minute!

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