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Mid-year review, 2018

I've been working on this post since June. Now that it's August, it barely counts as a mid-year review.

Anyway, let's take a look at my 2018 goals. I only set two big goals for 2018:

  • Move house
  • Release Larder for iOS

I haven't done either of these yet. Our current lease doesn't expire until August so moving house won't happen until after that.

Larder for iOS has finally hit beta. This is super exciting because I started working on this app more than a year ago (maybe even two) and struggled to make time to finish it. Recently I …


Monthly Review September 2017

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What went well this month

Exist 2017 annual user survey

Every year we survey our users on the new features we've added, our plans for the future, and how they use the app. Check out this year's results here.

Last month at RescueTime

It was a heads-down month with a lot to get done before I left, but I managed to get through everything I'd planned before finishing up. Starting this Monday I'll be adjusting to life as a full-time employee of Hello Code!

Live interview about Exist on Triple R radio

I was …


Monthly Review: August 2017

Bike

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What went well this month

  • Launched custom tracking for Exist.
  • Moved house.

August goals

Only one goal this month because we moved house so there was a lot to focus on.

✔️ 4 blog posts

Focus habit for August

Cycling

I cycled a little more in the first half of the month but when we moved house I really started to get my bike out multiple times a week. I've been exploring our new …


Monthly Review: July 2017

Pencil

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What went well this month

  • Finished beta testing custom tracking. Spoiler: this feature has been released now! We launched in the first week of August. But July was all about fixing final bugs and preparing to launch.
  • Progress on Larder for iOS. There's still plenty to do, but it's getting closer to a beta launch.
  • Found a new house to move to. We're downgrading to a cheaper house to save on rent. We started looking at houses in July and were very lucky to like the first one we looked at enough to apply …

Monthly Review: June 2017

Trees

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What went well this month

  • Custom tracking released to Exist for iOS beta testers. This is a big new feature we've been working on for Exist, which will let you track almost anything you want by adding word-based tags to each day. So far we've had a great response, so fingers crossed we'll be ready to release this publicly soon.

June goals

✔️ Get custom tracking in Exist for iOS ready for beta testers

Success! I had this goal set for May as well, which was really audacious, but I worked really hard in June …


Monthly Review: May 2017

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What went well this month

  • Theatre: Having only seen one show this year so far, I managed to see a play and two musicals in May. I didn't enjoy the play, but My Fair Lady was fun, and Cabaret was even better.
  • Launching Independence, the podcast I'm co-hosting. It's all about being an indie developer and what that takes. My co-hosts, Curtis and Jelly, both have lots of great experiences to share. Expect a new episode every two weeks.

April goals

✖️ Get custom tracking in Exist for iOS ready for beta testers

I knew …


Monthly Review: April 2017

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What went well this month

  • Geelong vs. North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium was awesome. First live AFL game this year and we had amazing seats for an amazing game.
  • Set up our new Steam Link so we can play PC games from the couch with a Steam controller. Just the compromise I wanted.
  • Finally made it to a Melbourne Cocoaheads event.
  • Seeing Andrew Bird live was fun and inspired me to focus more on making art.

April goals

✖️ Release Apple Health sleep integration in Exist for iOS

This has been very close for a …


Monthly Review: March 2017

birds

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What went well this month

  • Book of Mormon was awesome. Second time seeing it and I'd see it again.
  • Set up my new domain, bellebcooper.com.

March goals

✖️ 4 bike rides: 2/4

✔️ Finish Larder for iOS login screen

✖️ Release Larder for iOS beta version

✔️ Release first beta of Exist for iOS with Apple Health sleep integration

✖️ Release some open-source code

✖️ 4 posts across the following blogs: mine, Larder, Hello Code: 3/4:

March's focus habit

Morning …


Monthly Review: February 2017

trees

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What went well this month

Exist revenue. Thanks to the press we got in January, which I mentioned in my last monthly review, our revenue has been much better this month. We're still a long way from paying two salaries, but it's nice to see movement after 2016 being such a slow year for Exist.

Playgrounds Conference. I went to my first ever conference, an Apple and Swift conference here in Melbourne. It was exhausting but also really, really great. I've been really pumped up about my iOS work ever since, and I'm hoping …


Monthly Review: January 2017

sun in field

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What went well this month

  • Exist year in review user reports. We launched annual reviews for all Exist users and they went down really well. We'll definitely continue these in future years.
  • Working weekday mornings at RescueTime. I started out working 2.5 days at RescueTime and spending the rest of my week on Hello Code, but I didn't like the strict separation for several days in a row. Now I'm working 7-11am weekdays and I have every afternoon to work on Hello Code.
  • Hellas headphones. These Bluetooth headphones are quite tight, so I …

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