Week 1 — in Retrospect
What’s gone well:
- Experimenting with work habits. I’ve continued to track my time , and have found Peter Drucker’s maxim to ring true: what gets measured gets managed. I spent more time working this week than I did last week (though the difference was a half-hour). I’ve also switched from 50- to 25-minute sessions; this boosts focus by adding urgency.
- Using Git. I now commit, push, merge, and pull after every sub-exercise. This can mean spending more time on version control than I spent on the sub-exercise. I accompany commits with comments detailing what exercise the code addresses, and what changes to the program this entailed.
- Interacting with peers. Learning from Week 0, I joined the Telegram group that the university administering the course has set up. The group comprises instructors and students. It’s helpful to have people working alongside me — which confers a camaraderie I’d miss if I laboured through this alone. The instructors are sharp and responsive — I expect to take full advantage as I graduate to building more involved programs.
What’s gone poorly:
- Efficiency. I’m currently taking ~180% of the expected time to work through each component. I tend to chalk this up almost entirely to lack of focus and intensity — much to be improved upon in those areas.
- Ultralearning principles. For the most part, I’ve defaulted to just working through the course instead of being more critical about how I can squeeze every quantum of utility out of my time. This is somewhat necessary — at some point philosophy detracts from action — but if I’m to keep up with and benefit from this over a months-long time scale, I should at least have the principles on my radar as rough heuristics to use in evaluating what I spend my time on.
What I’ve built in the last week:
Features include adding and displaying notes, changing ‘importance’ of notes, conditional display of notes based on importance, storing notes in a local .json file, displaying (styled w/ CSS error messages).
Features include fetching and displaying country data from an API, conditional filtering and rendering of search results, option to display full info of any country, and weather info for a country’s capital from a separate API.
Adding names to a phonebook and displaying all contacts, alerting user upon adding a duplicate contact, dynamically filter displayed contacts based on search, delete contacts, styled (w/ CSS) success and error messages.
Repo with all my work for this course so far: https://github.com/anirudhkannan9/fso_test
- Measurement. Keep measuring and reflecting. This includes measuring time and thinking through these weekly blog posts — they offer opportunities for reflection, which is worth its weight in gold.
- Experiment. Continue to experiment with work habits, with a view to improving focus and intensity.