Hi everyone, as promised, I am back with my first Quarterly Goals post of 2018.
In case you are new to my blog or this segment, here’s a quick summary of what this Quarterly Goals series is about – Every quarter, I set between 10-20 goals for myself (which span several areas of my life) and then I give myself 3 months to achieve them. After the quarter is over, I go over the goals, and review the wins and losses of the past quarter, and set goals for the upcoming one.
If I manage to accomplish more than 75% of my goals, the quarter is considered a win, if not, I am doomed forever and ever. Just kidding! I lose, but since there’s always a next time, I pick myself up and get cracking on my new goals, because as the very cliched saying goes, the show must go on.
If you are interested in knowing why I decided to follow this system of Quarterly Goals, you can check out this post.
Now without further ado, let me share my goals for the first quarter of 2018.
Home & Family Goals
Sort & Organize All Digital Photos/Videos: I know it seems like this task has been on my list forever, because well it has. And I realize you all are possibly sick of seeing this again and again. But please bear with me folks, I just need this to be on here, as it’s the only way it’s going to stay on top of my to-do list. And who knows, one day I might get sick of seeing this crop up over and over again, and actually get it done?!
Plan Family Vacation: I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I am bad at taking vacations. Actual vacations, I mean, not India visits to meet family and friends (and there is a difference, I tell you). The last real vacation we took was to Miami, when D was barely 2 years old, and he is now turning 6 in a couple of months, so I’d say it’s about time we went on another one.
We have nailed down the destination for our next holiday (Disneyland, Universal Studios/Harry Potter World – yes all of it in one trip), but if you know me, you know that it’s only the beginning, because I am the sort who would devour guidebooks to ensure that we have a proper plan in place to get the most out of this trip. Which is why, this is now on my official goal list, to get all the planning done, and the tickets booked.
Food (Portion Control): I know this is easier said than done, but portion control is something that I am actively working on every single day, and my goal here is to eat right at-least 5/7 days. I do have a plan in place, so it’s not an unrealistic, unachievable goal, but it’s still definitely going to be a challenge.
Exercise (Cardio): The goal here is to do some form of cardio for 30 minutes – 3 days a week. When I started doing cardio some months back, I was mostly relying on my elliptical, but it gets boring and monotonous after a while, so going forward, I am looking into switching it up with brisk walks, runs, and even Zumba.
Exercise (Strength): This is completely new territory for me. I have never ever done any kind of strength training in my life, not even any light exercise. But over the past month or so, I have taken an active interest in my health, and started doing basic workouts on a daily basis. Of-course it took a lot of reading and research to know where to start, and to get the form and the reps right, but I think I have a fair idea now.
I started with basic body-weight exercises like squats and planks, learning only one thing at a time, to get the form right, and also build endurance. When I began I was able to do only 5 squats, and 3-5 sec hold on plank – yes, my fitness level was that bad. After about 3 weeks now, I am able to do 3 reps of 10 squats each, and a 30 sec hold of the elbow plank.
So the first part of my goal here is to be able to do 3 reps of 20 squats each, and a 1 min hold of the elbow plank (by the end of the quarter). The second part is to learn and incorporate 2 new exercises in the daily/weekly workout routine.
Shanaya Tales: This year, I have a lot of plans, for both my blogs, but this particular quarter, I am prioritizing the family & fitness goals, so I am keeping it easy here. Now this doesn’t mean that I am taking a break or even cutting down on posting. In-fact, as far as Shanaya Tales is concerned, I am going to be posting just as many, if not more posts than usual. It’s just that I don’t want an extensive task list here.
So for this blog, my only goal is to ensure that I keep up my posting frequency (so I don’t slack off), and possibly incorporate different kinds of bookish posts, outside of the regular review posts that is. It’s been on my wishlist for far too long, and I am making it a goal for this quarter in hopes that it will actually get done.
The Love of Spice: I know (and by now you do too) that starting a food blog has been on my list forever, and I hate it every single time when I have to come on here to say that it is still not done. But it’s especially difficult this time, because towards the end of December I thought I was all set to go live, and just before I could actually publish the post, I got hit with a huge display issue because of the recipe plugin I was using.
I believe the kinks (on that front) have been straightened out now, though of-late I’ve to admit that I’ve been feeling very discouraged with the amount of issues I am running into with this blog. And there have also been times when I have wondered whether I have bitten off more than I can chew with this one. Anyway, I am trying to not focus on the negative and keep moving forward, and so here I am setting a goal to post 6 recipes this quarter. I think it’s a very conservative estimate, but considering the initial learning curve, and my recent experiences with the technical issues, I’d rather be safe than sorry.
Jane Austen Project 2018 – Read Persuasion: I am not sure if you remember, but I had mentioned in an earlier post, that this year, I will not be setting any reading goals for the whole year, but instead breaking up the things on my reading wishlist into my quarterly goals. So one such thing on my reading wishlist is to read all of Jane Austen’s books (that I haven’t yet read) in 2018.
Now for you to better understand the scope of this thing, you have to know that I have only read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen so far, so I pretty much have all of Austen left. At first I was a little confused as to which book to start with, but then I got an ARC of By The Book (releasing Feb 2018), which happens to based on Persuasion, and so I thought I’d as well read the source material first.
So for this quarter, that’s my goal, to read Persuasion by Jane Austen. Yes, just 1 book for now, because this particular quarter is full of review commitments that I have to deliver on, so I’d rather work on what is realistic now, and catch up on more books by Austen in the coming quarters.
Buddy Read (and Review) – Anna Karenina: If you recollect, last year around this time, I had buddy-read Jane Eyre with Ashwini (Bookish Muggle), and this year we hope to take on Anna Karenina together. I think we are only going to start some time in Feb, but I am so looking forward to it, because I haven’t read much Russian literature, and this book has been on my wishlist for way too long.
Read 2 books with Movie Adaptations Coming Out Soon: If you know me, you know that I love to keep on top of the book to movie adaptations coming out every year, and this quarter has some very interesting movie releases lined up, so there are a few books that I absolutely have to get to. Hence the goal.
Oh if like me, you too prefer reading books before the movie comes out, watch out for my next post, where I will list out the movie adaptations coming out in 2018.
Deliver on 8 pending review commitments: This goal is self-explanatory. I have to read and review 8 books from among the ones I have accepted for review. I know it might seem like a lot, considering there are many other books I want to read this quarter as well. Even outside of Persuasion, Anna Karenina, and the books which have movie adaptations coming out (not to mention other life things that I need to get done). But well this number is reflective of only a small part of my pending review pile, and to be honest, I’ve gotten pretty sick of my eternal backlog situation, and so this year I have decided to tackle it head on. Hence, the goal.
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you. Do you set goals for yourself? How do you track them? What’s your #1 goal for the first quarter of 2018? Do share!
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