February is the shortest month of the year, so naturally I tried to cram in as much as possible. It actually went pretty well.

February's primary goals

1. Finish version 0.3 of Craft Roulette

Ooof, straight into a failure. I didn't even touch this during February.

2. Finish version 0.7 of Writing PHP with Emacs

I published a new version that contains all of the core content. There are still places I'd like to improve, but this was a big step.

3. Complete one session of deliberate practice

My original plan was to experiment with a fullscreen version of Splodey Boats, but I was feeling all 'sploded out so I went for something completely different: setting up my Atari ST development environment.

I'm still writing up the notes for this, but having a plan before I started helped keep me focused and made things much easier.

February's secondary goals

1. Run 90 miles

I had to skip two runs due to being iced in, but I still managed to hit this target. Just.

2. Create detail pages for all my major goals

All of my 2021 major goals now have detail pages.

3. Write a post-mortem for Splodey Boats 2000

Read the Splodey Boats 2000 Post Mortem. It's not very exciting.

Primary goals for March

1. Finish version 1.0 of Writing PHP with Emacs

There are 6 "recipe" chapters to write and then version 1.0 is complete. I still have more ideas for version 1.1 - and beyond - but this version will contain everything I originally had in mind when I started.

2. Complete another session of deliberate practice

I'm on a roll with the Atari development stuff, so I'm going to continue on that path for now.

3. Finish version 0.3 of Craft Roulette

Let's try this again.

4. Contribute to a free software project

This is one of my goals for 2021. I've already contributed a couple of bug fixes this year and I'd like to do the same in March.

Secondary goals for March

1. Run 120 miles

Everything aches, but the training must continue.

2. Read a book

"Read 6 books" is one of my goals for 2021, but I need to actually read books if I want to complete it.

3. Add detail pages to my secondary goals

Not all of them require much explanation, but I'd like to clarify some of the larger ones.

February felt like a really unproductive month, but now that I've looked over everything I'm a little more positive.

My first session of deliberate practice was short but productive. I ended up taking a lot more notes than I expected, so that's something I need to be aware of for future sessions. Having a list of questions I wanted to answer helped keep my focus.

I've also increased my writing output to 3 days a week. My goal for 100 posts meant I would need to publish on different days each week which doesn't really fit my style. I feel much better about a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule.

I still have a lot that I want to get done, but I don't think things will really kick in until after my marathon in May. The longer runs are sapping my weekend energy which makes it harder to really sit down and work on things.