A Month of ? And a New Schedule

by Justin on April 7, 2014

Schedule IconUnfortunately, for reasons that I can’t explain, I can’t explain what my official “month project” was for January.

So instead, I’ll explain something else that I did in January: I changed my work schedule. That may not sound exciting, but it significantly improved my quality of life.

I’ve been working from home for years, and with the exception of occasional meetings or emergencies, I have complete freedom over when I work.  I’ve never [click to continue…]


A Month of The Theory of Relativity

by Justin on April 6, 2014

Calvin & Hobbes strip about the Theory of Relativity

For December I decided to stretch my brain and try to learn the Theory of Relativity by reading Einstein’s book Relativity: The Special and The General Theory.  I think that book required more pausing-to-think-or-do-research than any other book I’ve tried to read.

Since it seemed to me like some of the book’s content would be a lot easier to understand in video format, I started creating a (very amateur) video explanation of each chapter.  My intent with the videos was to help myself to understand the book better, and I thought that in the future I might be be able to create less-amateur versions to help others.

Early in the month I realized [click to continue…]


A Month of Reading My Mother’s Books

by Justin on April 6, 2014

My Mom’s Books

For the past 10 years, my Mom has been writing books. Until November, I’d never read any of them, except for a rough draft of her first one about 10 years ago.

The reason I’d never read any is because I thought it would be weird. I imagined that it would be like watching a movie in which your good friend was an actor… where you couldn’t take the movie seriously because you know that the actor is really just your friend, and that he’s faking it. Similarly, I thought that knowing the author of a novel would prevent me from taking the story seriously. And I thought it would be especially awkward if my mother wrote in a style that was different from how she spoke.

Let me kill the suspense: [click to continue…]


A Month of Getting Things Done (GTD)

by Justin on March 22, 2014

My first GTD In-Basket

This mess was my first “in-basket” (refer to stage 1 below). It included everything in my physical environment that wasn’t exactly how it should be, where it should be, forever, as well as everything in my mind that I will/may need/want to deal with someday.

In October, I read and applied David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done“.

Getting Things Done (GTD) is a system for getting things done as efficiently as possible while maintaining a clear relaxed mind.

The book is divided into three sections. The first section (~80 pages) is mostly a waste of time. It consists of rambling theory that could easily be condensed into 8 pages or less without any loss of real content. The rest of the book (sections 2 & 3) explain how the GTD system actually works and how to apply it.

I won’t get into the details of how the GTD system works, but here are the basic stages: [click to continue…]


A Month of Taking A Daily Video

by Justin on January 28, 2014

A few months ago I watched Cesar Kuriyama’s TED talk about recording a one-second video every day.

For the month of September, I decided to do the same thing – except I recorded 3 seconds per day rather than 1 second. Here’s my September compilation:

For October I decided to continue with [click to continue…]