Handling all these goals via text only proves to be inefficient. I just slam together some words and then continue to pursue my goals almost exclusively based on intuition. I want to change that. I want to add more transparency and tracking of progress.
First of all, I want to track the information I take in daily and optimise based on that information. I am starting with a reading list which focuses on books, but hopefully will get expanded to all important streams of information that influence my thinking.
Feel free to suggest books or comment on books I have read here:
Second, I will try to make my allocation of time more transparent which already proves difficult when there is not a routine, for example this summer now, compared to time during term. I will figure something out. This is what I have so far:
So far, so good.
How last quarter went
Unfortunately, I was not able to get my hands on a piano anywhere I was going. I was travelling most of the time, so there usually was no time to sit down and play even though I was caring around the score sheet of the two mentioned pieces all the time. This is not ideal, but I currently also do not have incentive to change this. When I am back in Exeter, I will have a routine and will be able to easily fit in a session or two as a piano will be at hand most of the time. Therefore, this goal will be paused for the next quarter.
Indeed, the project I am with is in progress and there is potential to share the codebase to the public, but this is not a priority and will only be possible after the project hast produced some share-worthy results, so I will scrap this goal until it becomes important again.
I am still not actively eating meat, due to several reasons. As there are many occasions where there is a free offer or nothing better on the menu than meat, eating meat free does not work out always. Generally, I will split this goal up into a “cooking” goal and an “eating” goal. Generally, I want to approach both eating and cooking more “scientifically” to increase the benefit of the time I put in.
… and indeed it was only a half marathon this quarter. I had a nice run towards the Drachenfels ( https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drachenfels_(Siebengebirge) ) in mid June after a two week more or less preparation training. It feels good to be back to a level I have been to before, but I am not sure how far I want to go with this. I assume I will just do as much as I feel like and avoid putting too much pressure into it.
Due to work at University as well as outside University there will be plenty of writing, so this goal will be scraped.
Last quarter I read some books as well, like “Fiasco” or “Superforecasters”. I created a reading list through which I want to optimise my reading and that way my information intake: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a9typR7SqrqfDdKxEYZwDybOKOLGK7TWzX-t-3mbCYQ/edit#gid=0 Follow the link where you can see and comment on my progress. :)
I have researched this are enough to be able to say that the term, currently, is highly inflated. I am sufficiently exploring the field of “artificial intelligence” through my work in programming, philosophy and mathematics, so this one will be scraped.
I completed the online probability course at MIT and I have to say I am a bit disappointed. As soon as you demystify the mystery, it looses its excitement. Then again, it was just an introductory course, so I am exploring more in depth material at the moment.
… and indeed my prediction was correct. I received a 68.88 overall for my second year (with a 73% average in my second term!) which basically leaves me at a high 2.1 of 69%. If nothing bad happens and I invest a bit more time into University work I should be able to get a first overall for my Bachelors degree. Then again, I want to learn as much as possible and not just score great, so I will choose difficult courses (stay tuned!) and that might lower the grade a bit which is more than acceptable.
I finished my second official Chinese course. It was a six day morning and afternoon course and it was so much fun. I also signed up for an evening course at Exeter from October to March, so I am full on track.
Things I will pick up this quarter
For convenience, I will start putting my goals on a spreadsheet: