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Personal Development – December 2016

Welcome to my first personal development report! I plan to make this a monthly feature on the blog to allow readers to follow a brief round-up of what I have been up to during the month that I feel readers may find useful yet the subjects don’t necessarily warrant a dedicated blog post. I plan to cover things in my own personal development journey such the books I have read, case studies I have completed and how productive I have been.


Rescue Time December 2016 overview

Data collected by the free tool Rescue Time, click here to read my post on how I used the tool to increase my productivity by over 30%!

As you can see from the screenshot above, I logged over 198 hours in the free tool Rescue Time this month with 85% of the time being productive. One thing I would like to mention is that this is actually an abnormally high recorded amount of recorded time for a month for me as I currently have a full-time job. The screenshot below shows the first two weeks of normal activity before I started my leave period and ramped up productivity.

Rescue Time December Day By Day Breakdown

A more realistic expectation of what I am usually able to achieve productivity wise is in the screenshot below from November 2016 with 98 hours productive over the month.

Rescue Time November 2016 Overview

As I only use the free version of Todoist I have no way to track my monthly usage of the tool but with this being the first personal development post on the blog I will post my current app karma and completed task count to use as a benchmark for future posts. As you can see from the screenshot below, I currently have 10250 completed tasks and 21711 app karma.

Todoist karma and completed task count December 2016.

Case Studies

I have completed and published four case studies this month to help develop and reaffirm my understanding of black hat search engine optimization.

Two of these case studies were to prove the concept of my list filtering process with this one providing a 963.33% increase in links per minute with non-contextual engines and this one providing a 222.51% increased in contextual engine verified links per minute.

In addition to these, I also published this case study where I investigated the efficiency of the native GSA Search Engine Ranker web 2.0 engines and this case study where I investigated the efficiency of the built-in no follow link filter of GSA Search Engine Ranker.

I also currently have sixteen different case studies marked as “collecting data” on my blogs Trello board. I plan to release my findings for all of them but due to the type of case study they are some may take up to three months to be released although I have a group of indexing case studies planned for release during January 2017.


Rather than reading I have been using my free time to develop content for the blog but I have still managed to complete these six books in December as well as add them to my reading list post to enable readers to see how highly I rate each book.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • The Hard Thing about Hard Things Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • Ben Horowitz
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Crown Business
  • Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Publisher: Currency
  • Edition no. 1 (03/09/2010)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Brian Tracy
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • Edition no. 2 (01/01/2007)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • Essentialism The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • Greg McKeown
  • Publisher: Crown Business
  • Edition no. 1 (04/15/2014)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Seth Godin
  • Publisher: Portfolio
  • Edition no. 1 (05/12/2003)
  • Hardcover: 145 pages
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • Start with Why How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • Simon Sinek
  • Publisher: Portfolio
  • Edition no. 0 (12/27/2011)
  • Paperback: 256 pages

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