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Ritual

Whiskey and my notebook

Ritual is a powerful tool for navigating life. David Allen, in Getting Things Done, promotes a weekly review to take stock of your current Next Action lists, identify projects that need to be moved up (or down) the stack, and plan what's next.

Regular rituals are an important part of my work management, linking together my notebook, runway, and self-care. My particular practices are modeled most closely after the tactical practices of implementing Michael Linenberger's One Minute To-Do List on paper.

The Runway — Planning the Next Thing

Lit runway
Photo by Jordi Moncasi on Unsplash

In “Holes”, I noted that one of the holes in my work planning and management is a good tool for tracking and planning upcoming work over time. I have now filled that hole with my Runway Document, which also replaces “The Wall”.

Saving Plots

Drawing a chart

I use Jupyter notebooks extensively for data analysis and exploration. It's fantastic to be able to quickly see output, including plots, and have it all saved and persisted and viewable on GitHub.

Teaching Data Science

This fall is my third time teaching CS533 (Introduction to Data Science). I co-developed the class with Casey Kennington and taught the first offering in 2017.

This intro is a class I had long wanted to create — when I was on the job market the first time around, it was my answer to ‘what class would you like to create?’ — but I haven't yet really been able to achieve what I wanted with it. This fall I am taking a step back and rebuilding it. I hope it's successful.

Spoiler Alert: Star Trek Returns?

Jean-Luc Picard and Raffi

Star Trek, when it's doing its job, has something to say.

TL;DR: Picard has something to say.

Sometimes, that thing begins with an ‘f’, at least when said by one of his co-adventurers.