Project refocus and reset in 2020 – Career, SideHustle, GA

This will be the GoTo post for a major refocus and reset in 2020:

Status 20200809 – CoronaVirus (COVID-19) is having a major negative impact on health and economy. First responders (Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, etc) are experiencing stress/anxiety/burnout.

Career/Income Status
Long-term IT consulting work at DavidCo is now sun-setting. Needing to pivot to a new path, and be of help/service to current worldwide pandemic. Needing to find new source of income, now.

Addressing first responder burnout with intervention and my niche
Web-Site –
Master in Social Work degree enables me to: register with BBS; take the Ethics Exam; and receive an ASW certification. Then, working under LCSW supervision, providing behavioral health services to clients/patients while building hours towards LCSW. Niche intervention is hypnotherapy.

Side-Hustle (Hypnotherapy)
Web-Site –
Being a Certified Hypnotherapist, with additional training in Therapeutic Imagery, and Heartmath HRV equipment, I can offer vocational/avocational self-improvement for clients. Examples are: passing bar exam; fear of flying; fear of dentist; general stress/anxiety. Any medical etiology can be covered by requesting a medical referral.

General Aviation
Web-site –
Objective is to earn enough money between new primary income of clinical social work, and side-hustle income, to afford flight training and supplies towards: BFR, EMT, IFR.

Productivity Integration – SecondBrain with GTD
I’m using a legacy WordPress site that will explain my current implementation of GTD (Getting Things Done) and how Tiago Forte’s SecondBrain would be integrated. This site will also include the various apps I’m using, including some updates/changes that may affect my future implementation. I tried using WordPress P2, but encountered too much drama trying to figure out how to create menus (for some reason). I always like to find ways to improve my management of data/knowledge, so we’ll see how this goes.

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Planting Picea Abies (Norway Spruce) from seeds

Desired Outcome:
-A miniature Norway Spruce, planted from seeds


Action Steps
Q: Which growing zone is Central Coast, CA?
A: San Luis Obispo County, California is in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a and 10b.

Note: Seedlings are highly susceptible to fungi and bacteria

Q: How many frost free days does this plant need?
A: 120 days
Note: That means that day one of planting is the first “last frost” day, which means I have to consider the pre-treatment process period

Q: When is the first “last frost” day for San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach?
A: February 15th
Note: XREF to University of CA – Agriculture and Natural Resources

Q: When do you plant the seeds?
Note: Keep in mind the three week Pre-treatment process
A: 1/18/21
Note: In my case, actual seed planting was 20210122

Q: What is the process for Seed Pre-treatment (cold stratified and primed in water)?
A: Place seeds in a sealable sandwich (ZipLoc) bag and store in refrigerator for three weeks. Then, soak in water for 24 hours. Any rotten or hollow seeds will float to the surface.
Note: Packet contained 4 seeds, so we’ll see how that goes.
NOTE: 20201231 – after 24 hours, 1 seed of 4 was floating on surface. Cracked it open – yup! hollow. This means I have three seeds now to work with.
NOTE: I think the wording was incorrect in original instructions.
According to this site, I FIRST soak for 24 hours in water, THEN place in fridge for a couple weeks, and ensure seeds don’t dry out (check on weekly) –
NOTE: I read someplace that to ensure the seeds stay moist, you place them on a moist towel, and then wrap that in a dry towel, and then place all that inside a ZipLoc bag and seal it. So far so good on that method.
Note: When I took the seeds out, I noticed that there was still moisture in the ziploc bag, so the idea of wrapping in various moist and dry paper-towels, and placing in a sealed plastic bag, appeared to do the trick. The paper towel around the seeds was still moist.

Q: How do your prepare the “soil” that’s included in the box?
A: Fill up a pot with 1/2 cup (4 oz) of lukewarm water; place pellet; leave overnight (for full absorption); stir until fully loosened and separated.
Note: I didn’t leave the soil overnight. I planted in pot at end of evening.

Q: How much to fill the planter with the grow mix (soil)?
A: About 90%

Q: What are the steps for placing the seeds?
A: Evenly spread the seeds on top of the soil
A: Place 1/6 inch (.5cm) of grow mix over the seeds
Note: Plant does not need access to sunlight in order to germinate

Q: How long to germinate?
A: These seeds are slow germinators, and will take about 4 weeks to sprout.

Q: Where do you ideally place the planter?
A: In a warm spot (68 degrees F) – in other words, indoors by the window.

Q: How do you keep the soil moist/watered?
A: Keep it moist; avoid soaking completely; ideally spray the water.

Q: What do you do when seedlings have grown to about 2 to 4 inches?
A: Moisten the seedbed and carefully separate the fragile seedlings – don’t damage the stems or roots while transplanting.
A: Transplant them into larger planters, about 8 to 10 inches apart.
Note: I’ll probably just pick the two best seedlings and transplant them into two plastic pots I got from $Tree
A: Place the planter in garden – in my case, out on the patio
Note: My patio is sun/shade

Q: How to maintain the plant’s structure?
A: Suggestion is to stake the plant, so it grows upright. This ensures all growing flowers are capturing adequate sunlight.

Q: When do you fertilize and using what fertilizer?
A: When seedlings are about 2 to 3 inches and just before the first transplantation.
A: Suggestion to use liquid fertilizer and follow the instructions on bottle.

Q: When and how much to water?
A: Regularly, but not over doing it. Suggestion is to use a water sprayer.

Q: When to relocate the plant to outside?
A: After the last frost — which is February 15th.

Q: Any warnings?
A: Don’t eat the seeds. OK.

Q: When I can decorate the tree?
A: Well, it takes years… With the correct care, and plenty of sun, I should have this plant/tree for many years.

Q: What are some additional sites for reference (that were on the package)?
A: and search code: TG274

Timeline Summary and Action Tracker:

Done – 20201227 – Place seeds in refrigerator (in a sandwich bag) for three weeks
Done – 20201230 – Placed seeds in water for 24 hours (new instructions)
NOTE: 1 out of the 4 seeds continued floating on surface, so I discarded it. I took a knife to it — and it was hollow.
Done – 20201231 – Drain water away; placed seeds in bag; placed into fridge for about 3 wks
NOTE: Not sure if this is OK, but placed the three seeds on a piece of paper towel that was slightly moist and then placed all that in the ZipLoc bag and placed in refrigerator
Done – 20210102 – Checked on moisture. Added some water; placed a dry papertowel around it; and resealed into the ZipLoc bag – that should do it.
Done – 20210114 – Checked Ziploc bag – appeared to have moisture inside, so left alone
Done – 20210122 – Place soil pellet in water for 24 hours. Placed in small tray and added just over a 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Positioned tray so that the pellet will absorb all water. Leave it alone for today.
Done – 20210122 – Mix soil and place about 90% in pot; place (3) seeds in soil, apart from each other; cover; add a small amount of water; place inside by south-facing window

20210215 – When I should seeds sprouting (couple weeks after 20210123)
20210215+ – Place Plant outside (after seedlings about 2 to 4 inches)

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APIs – configuring Google APIs and troubleshooting

XREF to Evernote: Learn; ITIL – API Scripting. Within this is my placeholder for what my API (Client ID and API Key) are kept.

Desired Outcome:
-Understanding, configuring, troubleshooting and test APIs
-Intro to scripting
-Analyze response codes in test HTTP server locally on Mac

Action Support
Old to New:

-Followed the Quickstart guide to create an API and do a test on my Mac. Started from this site —
-Followed these instructions for Browser Quickstart –
-I have a Mac with OSMojave
-Local Python version is 3.x
-I have several Google Accounts with GoogleDrive enabled
-Created the index.html file and inserted the code from the site. Placed file within one of my GoogleDrive folders
-Modified the index.html (using TextEdit) for Client ID and API – entered from what I had stored in Evernote
-Started the WebServer on local Mac, at terminal prompt with: python -m http.server 8000 Keep in mind that I have Python version 3.x
-Within terminal it looks like this:
(base) Pauls-MacBook-Pro-2:API Tests PaulGarth$ python -m http.server 8000
\Serving HTTP on port 8000 ( … – – [26/Oct/2020 14:57:41] “GET / HTTP/1.1” 200 – – – [26/Oct/2020 14:57:51] “GET / HTTP/1.1” 200 –

-I’m seeing a couple things:
-When it says to load the URL – http://localhost:8000 in browser, I don’t see any web-page load. I see the contents of the index.html file loaded.
-Documentation said that first time through it would prompt to authorize access – didn’t see this
-Within the terminal, you can see “200”. I think this is a positive sign, but need to understand these codes more
-I had downloaded the credentials.json file and placed it in the same folder as the index.html file because not sure what it is for

Questions to answer:
Note: I followed instructions here –
Q: Did I create the API correctly? (Client ID, API)
Q: Did I run the webserver correctly? – python -m http.server 8000
Note: Within this website, it gives additional details on the http server –
Q: What is the return code of 200 mean with terminal for http server?
Q: What is the credentials.json file that is created and how do I use it?
Q: For Managing APIS Credentials within API Console, how do I navigate this site? What am I looking for? Do I need to activate something? Note: There is something about a free trial and $300 of free credit.
Q: In order to use Google API’s, even for testing, will I be charged at some point?
Q: Did I authorize access for Google? Didn’t see this.
Q: What does this mean – After the initial user authorization, calls to gapi.auth.authorize that use immediate:true mode obtain an auth token without user interaction.
Q: How to navigate the Google Developers Console help documentation, that I found with:
Q: How to use the Google APIs Client for JavaScript documentation, that I found with:
Q: How to use the Apps Script API reference documentation, that I found with:
Q: What do the various troubleshooting tips at the bottom of these document mean?
Error: origin_mismatch
idpiframe_initialization_failed: Failed to read the ‘localStorage’ property from ‘Window’
idpiframe_initialization_failed: Not a valid origin for the client
This app isn’t verified.
Q: Have I gone too quickly into playing with APIs, vs spending more time with basic Python programming?
Q: What are the various resources mean within Apps Script API found here –

I found here –

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Categories and Tags in new website for productivity

I created just to have a specific website for reviewing various productivity systems, approaches, apps, strategy, etc. This is not about actual Projects and Action Management, but the best practices for creating an external trusted system.

What’s on my mind is how to create Categories and Tags that mean something useful.

XREF to –

Categories – Broad groupings of topics

Tags – Associative and related content to the category; much more specific topics

I’d like to look at this from perspective of David Allen’s Control and Perspective. Maybe it makes sense to have Categories within Control and Tags within Perspective.

Another idea is to look at Categories and Tags from an end-to-end flow approach. As posts are created, there are various phases within the lifecycle – planning; in-process; pending; someday/maybe.

What’s more important is coming up with a Category/Tag system that serves the purpose of the website. The basic idea is to introduce and integrate various terminology and strategy from David Allen (GTD), Tiago (SecondBrain), Apps (PocketInformant, Evernote, Notion, WordPress, etc). I’d like this website to be usable for both myself and someone new to productivity.

What am I focusing on? What is meaning of it? Use DA’s workflow map.

This is another topic, but a focus on checklists, so I’m approaching each post with an identical end-to-end flow.

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Tiago Forte extension of GTD

I came across Tiago Forte, who has created various workflows and extensions from the foundation of GTD. Looks like he has streamlined all the different apps that people typically use: gmail; task manager (pocket informant, things 3, omnifocus, etc); Evernote; Notion, etc.

Here are some things I’ve done, newest to oldest:

-Added the email address to my gmail contacts, so I can send email directly to PocketInformant Inbox for processing into my Task Manager. I have multiple gmail accounts, so completed this for all of them. Theoretically, I should have one portal for all gmail/email accounts, but I haven’t quite done this yet. It’s relatively easy on iPhone to view ALL email accounts, though.

-Reading the first webpage — h

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