Came back from a travel last month and just packed my stuff to travel again this month. Let’s see if it affected my performance.


I was traveling this month, so as usual, I’m not reading/listening to audiobooks because I prefer to focus on the place I’m visiting. For this reason, I did not finish any book this month.

With that said, it is the first time I have 4 books on my reading list at the same time.

List of books read this month

Elixir in Action is there for some time now. I really like Elixir and want to finish it as soon as I have the time. I’m also playing with Rust nowadays, so I’m reading Programming Rust as well.

The art of invisibility is the current audiobook and I hope to finish that as soon as I listen to all the Podcast episodes piled since last month.

Hiding in unnatural happiness is a book I received from a monk while in York. I’m not in a rush with this one but I want to finish soon, it’s really small.


As usual, I’m using that same export file from Pocket and the same script to calculate the amount of articles I read:

var uls=document.body.getElementsByTagName("ul");
for(var i=0; i<uls.length; i++) {

It means I have 1296 articles Unread and 946 articles Read. Comparing with my results from the last month (1255 unread and 931 read), I got around 1% more unread articles and 1% more read articles.

My unread count is not growing so fast anymore and that is a good thing.


Here are the charts from Wakatime since the last post.

Hours of coding on Wakatime this month

Nothing new in this chart this month. The blank parts are related to the New Year and Christmas holidays.

Languages used during this month on Wakatime

markdown is usually the most used language because I write long texts in emacs before posting on Twist. After that, we have Python and Rust! πŸ˜€

Editors used during this month on Wakatime

Just removed bash from the reports and now we have Emacs as the only editor being used (it’s strange to not have any Vim this month) πŸ€”


No presentations this month. πŸ˜€

Burn down chart for my presentations

I already reached all my goals for the year and was OK to not speak during December. I admit that I tried to speak while I was in York but could not find any local meetup to speak. :P

I had the chance to participate in two meetups of York developers but unfortunately, there were no slots to speak.

Completed tasks

This is the number of tasks completed on Todoist.

Amount of tasks completed this month

306 tasks completed this month (98 less than last month).

Many holidays and traveling in the last week of the year. I was totally off and did not check my tasks in these days, this is why I don’t have many tasks done.


Here is my Podcast Addict stats:

Amount of time spent listening to Podcasts this month

1 day and 3 hours of podcast time. I decided to not listen to any podcast while I was in York because I wanted to enjoy every single moment while walking in the streets. I usually use Podcasts as a way to escape from my boring routine in my working days but it was not boring in York. πŸ˜€

As usual, here is the list of Podcasts and their times:

Amount of time spent listening to Podcasts, ordered by title

Just remember that this is an “all-time list” and I’m tracking time instead of the episode which makes short podcasts to not appear as “most listened” ones. I listen to CBN podcasts almost every day, but they are just some minutes long.

Hours working

Here is the data from my time tracking software, Toggl:

Hours working using Toggl

The above chart is just for my freelance and the full-time job. The time doing freelance job was 0 hours this month, unfortunately.

We had 18 work days this month and I worked for 157 hours, which mean that I worked 13 hours more than I should. From these 13 hours, 1:23 hours was in a Sunday but it was in the airplane so it doesn’t count :P.

Deep vs Shallow work

What I can take from this chart:

  • Meetings are stable. I usually have around 4-5 hours of meetings a month. One useful weekly meeting of around 40 min and one 1-1 meeting. If necessary I have small meetings to fix certain problems.
  • Hiring was really hard this month. Many interviews and candidates/test reviews.
  • Shallow work is still consuming around 60% of my tasks (I’m not counting Hiring as shallow work, BTW)

This time I have a list of what I was doing with my Shallow work. Most of the time I can’t describe what was it but I know part of it is my lunch time.

One of the things I can spot as a time consumer here is the “Read/Reply Twist”. As we are committed to meaningful communication, I tend to read most of the messages that mention me somehow and some of them are big threads discussing some important problem. It makes sense to take some time but I would like to improve it. Maybe next month πŸ˜‰

Now, let’s continue to my personal projects:

Hours working on personal projects using Toggl

Yeah, that’s right, no personal projects this month. 😞 It’s kinda sad that I had not personal projects or freelancing this month. I really like to spend some time working on different projects.

I think it happened for a reason: I was in a different city/country and invested all my time in my full-time job and walking around the city. I will try to keep that in my mind. πŸ˜€

Here is my data from RescueTime:

Goal of productive hours on RescueTime

As expected, I don’t have enough data because I changed my browser for Firefox Quantum and forgot to install the rescuetime extension. Shame on me. 😞

Physical activity

I’m using my Mi band data to calculate my average steps:

Activity data for this month by Mi-Fit app Activity data comparison for this month by Mi-Fit app

An average of 10k steps is good for me. It was better than November but worse than October, which was expected.

And these are my steps each day:

Amount of steps for this month

My max distance was 17.3km walking in one day (I was lucky to get the tooltip to work when taking the screenshot):

Travelled distance this month

Here is my sleep data for this month:

Amount of sleep for this month

As we can see in the chart, I had more minutes of average sleeping this month (7h38m for the last month) but less deep sleeping (last month was 1h44) 😒

Considering the whole user base from mi-band:

Sleep comparison with the user base

I’m below average regarding sleeping earlier and on average regarding deep sleeping.

TV Shows

According to tvshowtime I watched 1 episode this month:

TV shows watched this month according to tvshowtime

It was probably Billions when I got home. πŸ˜€

I spent 1 hour of my life watching TV shows this month. Not bad πŸ˜‰.

Words written and errors

I’m using Grammarly to improve my English and track the number of words and errors when I’m writing. Unfortunately, they only send weekly emails, but I will try to keep this metric for a while.

Here are my stats for this month:

  • 93129 words written (71062 last month)
  • 1380 corrections made (1091 last month)
  • 11979 unique words (17429 last month)

I wrote a lot this month. Almost 20k words more than last month but I also made more mistakes, almost in the same proportions. My vocabulary did not increase in the same rhythm though.


New cities were added this month:

New cities

The missing city is Durham.

Here are the general data:

General view of my locations data

It’s really weird that some countries are disappearing. 😞 Last month I had 7 countries but now I have 6 again. I used Matador network to track the countries and I visited 8 countries, not 6.

Countries map

Not so useful, but here is the time spent on vehicles:

Location time and distance

It’s probably the time spent in taxis from home to the airport and also related to the trip we made in North Yorkshire by van.

Kms to the moon

This trip removed 12k km from my distance to the moon. πŸ‘


My expenses for this month:

Expenses by category this month

This chart represents all my income for this month. Yes! You read that right, I finally received some freaking money after six months! πŸŽ‰

This money is still not related to my current job but I already received my payment, just need to go through the bureaucracy to be able to pay the taxes and receive that in my personal account.

I will definitely write about this whole process soon.

This month is finally back to normal! My total savings increased by 1.9% and now I have 75.10% of my goal.

Next month will be huge!

Time to write this blog post

Some people are asking me about how much time it takes to collect all the data and write the blog post, so I decided to add this metric

It took 3 hours and 02 minutes to write this post


I’m back to Brazil after one full month working from York. I have to say that it was really great to work from a different place for some time.

This was the last month of the year so expect a yearly review from me soon. πŸ˜€