Planner Printable – Monthly Habit Tracker

One of my ongoing demons that I have always had to deal with is consistency in some tasks.  Making consistent behaviors and habits is something that I have managed to make through most of my life in someways by the skin of my teeth – well maybe not that dramatic, but I generally do well under pressure and so procrastination works well for my type of personality where the time pressure focuses me.    However, not avoiding the pressure comes from habits and predictability, and that is what this planner printable is intended to do.

This particular printable is a monthly habit tracker.  The intent is to manage consistency and provide incrementable improvements over months.  The main intent is to focus on a baseline habit with a bit of consistency, and then improve/balance over subsequent months.

Monthly Habit Tracker

To use this printable, name your tasks and your target (either per week or per month).  Each of up to 31 days is included so you can mark off your task completion on a daily basis.  At the end of the month, you can compare your target against your total.  Your next month should ideally be modified by your relative success in delivering a particular frequency of the habit.

I find this structure useful because it will keep items that I need to do visible, and will allow me to see what different habits go well together, ideally simplifying the habits in to habit clusters.

Here is a PDF printable for A5 planners (or half Letter) – Monthly Habit Tracker.

Do you have any habit trackers that work for you, try this one out and provide suggestions on how this tracker can be improved.


Planner Printable – Full Year Calendar

As part of my new series of planner printables, I’m going through my set of custom planner pages that have worked for me, and some that haven’t worked too well.  All these planners are designed to fit into either a half letter/statement/memo or an A5 planner.  I personally use an A5 planner, and so these printables can be cut at the 5 1/2″ point.

This printable is a full year calendar, aligned for weekdays.  This is designed to be inserted landscape in the planner, allowing easy lookup of where days in the calendar sit.

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Here is a downloadable printable (Full Year Calendar) targetted for Letter only, please email for A5 size.  Once print, you should be able to cut the page in half, add your hole punches and enjoy.

What printables are your favorites, any tweaks or changes you’d recommend to this one?

Moving to a Planner

Part of my 2016 ‘make myself better’ effort involved using a planner.  There were a few reasons for an attempt to move back to pen and paper.  It’s been over 18 months since I started with a Planner, and now is a time to share the pages I’ve created and the give an update on what works for me.

71v5zzy2brgl-_sl1500_61fo80ljkfl-_sl1500_The first planner I purchased was a relatively cheap import from Amazon.  Even though it was a relatively cheaply made planner, its leatherette feel was okay, and it has stood up to 18 months of regular use fairly well. For a pen for the planner, after playing with a few cheaper pens, I went for the (moderately) more expensive Cross Tech 3+. This is a nice two color (red/black) pen, with a mechanical pencil and a touch screen top.  I’ve never had an issue with the pen and it holds really nicely.

For 2018, I’ve splurged on a Filofax Finsbury planner81qldvqlmyl-_sl1500_.  This will allow me to split my day job from my personal/side projects into a different planner.  I’ll still take both with me to work, but I’ll be able to pull out the appropriate one when needed.  My first opinion on the Filofax Finsbury is that the pockets are nearly not as functional (pockets, etc) as my first cheap one.  Since it is real leather, it will likely soften and become more convenient.

The form factor that I have a strong preference for is the A5 size.  A5 (5.8 x 8.3 in) is almost the same size as Half Letter/Statement/Memo (5.5 x 8.5 in).  So it allows me to use either formal A5 or generate cut a letter page in half.  This has opened up a range of custom options that for generating pages.  In coming posts, I’ll be highlighting those pages and making them available.

Translating an Ancestral Tablet

Some time ago in Toronto I purchased what I thought was an antique Chinese sign from an antique dealership. Once I had brought it home I did a bit more research on it and found that it is an old ancestral tablet.

This page covers provides some photos to provide an online reference to it and potentially bring some more information as it becomes available.  I’ve also created a Quora question to see if the smarts of the Internet can help translate or otherwise provide deeper insight into the tablet.

The tablet itself is about 45″ (115 cm) tall – not including the base that would inserted into a stand or similar.  The width is about 13.5″ (34 cm).

If anyone who comes across this page can help translate or provide more information, I’ll update the page.

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I’m on IPv6, are you?

After reconfiguring the lounge room to move the TV to another corner, I had to do a little bit of rewiring.  As luck would have it, when I reset theResidential Gateway (RG) it didn’t come back.  As part of replacing the RG, I though I’d dig a bit deeper into the getting IPV6.

So after:

  • Call out to ATT,
  • one missed appointment,
  • a visit from an ATT tech,
  • a new RG,
  • another visit from a tech,
  • a fixed outside line,
  • another call to ATT,
  • an email to customer service,
  • seven emails with customer service,
  • a new visit from a tech
  • a new RG

I am finally on the other internet.


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Finally – a Granted Patent – US 8838868

After many months, and many years – I finally have a patent credited to my name.  The patent is for an extension of the magnetic coupled connectors (such as magsafe connectors on Macs) to include diagnostic information through the magnets themselves.   Of course watching how the sausage is made has been eye opening on a number of fronts.  Read on for a quick review on the inspiration behind the patent and any interesting observations on how things went down.

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Gamifying the Workplace: Badges IRL with 3D Printing

Heartbleed BadgeWe’ve seen badges and gamificiation appear in everything from a core business plan (Foursquare & Gowalla) to navigation apps (Waze).  I’ve seen them on a user homepage at least two companies.  It helps get people engaged by bringing together groups of common interest and drive involvement in tasks that they might not otherwise be involved in.  You look up a colleagues and find they’ve done something similar to you.

The problem with the virtual badges is that they are too cheap to make (effectively free to create a new one) and only appear when you go to the employee’s homepage.  Having played with 3d printing, I realized that you could make these badges in real life and bring a bit of physical interest to the work place, applying the same rules.    With a few minutes on an online 3d modeling tool, online 3d printing services, and finally a magnet and some super glue,  you can easily end up with full color sandstone badge.

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