Weeknotes #3/19

2 minutes reading time

14 Jan - 20 Jan 2019

I’ve been continuing with my very productive streak, which I’m very happy about. This week we have been discussing our family habits, and finding ways to encourage the kids to help more around the house. We discussed and agreed a set of daily habits and printed out some simple habit tracking for them to check them off daily. They also have some chores to do each day, like unpacking the dishwasher or vacuuming. We have tied these all together to earning their pocket money. I’ll let you know how it goes.

One of the habits that we’ve decided to start is to have breakfast together. We all review our journals and plans for the day and read out the day’s quote, having a brief discussion about what it might mean and how to apply it during the day.

Best thing I’ve read

My goals are in sight. Daniel Hollands, who happens to work with me, told me about a little side-project he’d whipped up to keep his goals in sight which he also wrote up into a blog post. I thought it was a great idea, and I’m inspired to try something similar for myself.

Books I’m reading

A goal for this year is learning to cook properly. I had previously bought Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Chef on my Kindle but it’s no use for following and cooking from so I’ve splurged on the paper (hardback) copy. I’ve started to re-read that while still making my way through I hear you and Seveneves.

What did I learn this week?

At work, Daniel was looking for a quick and easy way for us to host our clients documentation, which are Jekyll-powered sites with a documentation theme. He discovered Netlify. As it happened, my SSL certificate for this site was due to expire so I thought I’d give it a try instead of faffing about purchasing another certificate and worrying about storing the keys, etc safely, and getting it all uploaded and Gitlab Pages reconfigured. I couldn’t believe how quick and simple Netlify made it. I pretty much just had to give it my gitlab repo, and it detected everything else. I chucked in my domain name and adjusted the DNS settings. It took care of everything else, including setting up a LetsEncrypt certificate. The best thing, it’s free for me to host this site personally.

A week in Stoicism

As ever a timely reminder about getting up without being tardy and setting yourself up for the day ahead through morning reflections.

On those mornings you struggle with getting up, keep this thought in mind—I am awakening to the work of a human being. Why then am I annoyed that I am going to do what I’m made for, the very things for which I was put into this world? Or was I made for this, to snuggle under the covers and keep warm? It’s so pleasurable. Were you then made for pleasure? In short, to be coddled or to exert yourself?  Marcus Aurelius


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