One Year of Logs Making Products

November 13, 2019

I’ve just reached a one year streak on Makerlog. In other words, I’ve documented one year of making products. That’s 1584 tasks done according to Makerlog. I queried Makerlog’s API to make an archive and compute some stats.

106 tasks in November last year, 153 tasks in December, 119 in January 2019, 99 in February, 101 in March, 108 in April, 119 in May, 130 in June, 160 in July, 155 in August, 127 in September, 149 in October, and 50 so far this month.

February was the least productive month in terms of deliveries because I was writing my book. December last year was quite busy because 200WaD was just starting out. This summer was actually my most productive period, despite the fact I was traveling with my family in Vietnam.

Then I filtered the results to analyze the project distribution. Making 200WaD represents 53% of my tasks. The keyword ‘write’ is used in 379 tasks, including my daily task of writing 200 words: 24% of my output is writing. Less than 12% of my time is spent on other projects. 2.5% of my tasks are categorized as #life tasks. In conclusion, 75% of my tasks are about 200 Words a Day. I’m quite proud of the fact the data proves I don’t have a shining object syndrome, even though I do spend time experimenting with new things.

I completed 4 tasks per day on average. My daily target is 2 tasks per day - one commit to the code base and one article - so I’m quite happy with the result. My Github account shows 1027 commits over the last year, so I’m doing good with my goal of one commit a day. Once again, this data is proof that using momentum to increase productivity is efficient.

If I want to ship more, I have to go past my record of 160 tasks per month, which is about 5 tasks per day: 6 tasks per day would allow me to grow even further.

Of course, those tasks are not representative of the total work I performed. Some micro-activities are hard to quantify, like all the time sharing my articles, tweeting, or spreading the word about my products. It’s still quality information though. I’ll definitely keep using Makerlog because it clearly helped me develop a strong routine. See you in a year!