I know this is like a super-delayed 3rd quarter update, considering that we are pretty much at the end of the 4th and final quarter of the year, but I just had to put this out there before the end of this year, so that I can start 2018 with a clean slate, and not by obsessing over unfinished business from 2017.
Having said that, I never intended to procrastinate this post. It just completely slipped my mind that I hadn’t actually published it. I know that is terrible and inexcusable for any self-respecting blogger, but I’ve just had an overwhelmingly full plate of things that I’ve either needed or wanted to do, and I am at the point where I have to admit to myself (if no one else) that sometimes I cannot do it all.
Especially because this year hasn’t been the best year for me health-wise either, which is why I had to take a step back, and prioritize my health, and also my family, above other things. And sometimes that meant that some of those other things fell through the cracks, and I just had to be okay with that.
Also, while I am on the subject, I wanted to let you folks know (in case you missed the update on social media some months back, or haven’t already figured it out) that I hadn’t set any goals for the final quarter of the year (so clearly there wouldn’t be an update post either), as I wanted to take a quarter off to relax and rejuvenate, so to speak.
But this does not mean that I am phasing out this series. It was just a much needed break, and I will be back on the Quarterly Goals bandwagon from the next year, so you can expect the next Quarterly Goals post in the first week of January, albeit in a slightly new avatar.
Anyway, after that long-ish intro, let me get started on the thing that I’m writing this post for – an update on how my third quarter goals went.
If this is the first time you are here, and you have no idea what these Quarterly Goals posts are all about, and why I do them in the first place, you can check out this post.
But here is the gist – every quarter I set between 10-20 goals for myself (spanning several areas of my life), and I review these goals at the end of the quarter. If I manage to accomplish 75% (or more) of these goals, then I declare the quarter a win. If not, I get to come to this very-public platform and announce a fail, which is so not fun. But as it happens, public humiliation works as a strong motivator, so I stick to this format.
Now coming to the particular goals I am reviewing today, if you are interested in reading why I set the goals I set for the past quarter, you can check it out here.
So now without further ado, let’s get started with the update, and see if this quarter was a win or a fail.
Blogging Goals – for the New Food Blog (3/5)
Before I get into the goals, there is something that I need to say. I just realized that while over the last year, I have chewed all your ears off by talking endlessly about how I want to start a food blog, and all the million tasks I need to do before I get there, I’ve never really shared the name or the site, so here goes – *drumroll please* introducing The Love of Spice.
I’ll do an official announcement post when I actually start posting on there (which is going to be really soon), but for now, I thought it’s ridiculous to keep saying ‘new food blog’ when we have a name.
Okay now coming to the goals, as far as The Love of Spice is concerned, I have successfully completed 3 /5 goals – I have finalized the blog header & the logo (picture below) which by the way were designed by the very talented Sid Balachandran, who I have to say was pretty awesome from concept to execution.
Next, my hubby helped me buy & set up the theme & iron out the initial kinks, so while there are no recipes or posts yet, the food blog is live, and pretty much in its final avatar.
The 2 goals that I failed at, were actually posting 2 recipes on the blog and 1 video on YouTube. It’s not like these were overly ambitious goals, but like I said earlier, my plate was already ridiculously full, so adding things successfully needed careful planning and a lot of discipline, which I have to admit I was lacking in.
Having said that, while I think the YouTube thing will still take some time, because I had underestimated the learning curve and overestimated the time I had to work on it, I am really glad to announce that the food blog should have its very first recipe post in under a week, so yay! 😀
I mean it is still a fail for the quarter, but I can’t bring myself to be upset about it, when I am this close to the finish line. 😀
Blogging Goals – for Shanaya Tales (2/2)
Here I had (thankfully) kept it simple, the only two goals I had here were to catch up on 4 review commitments & 3 pending reviews, all of which I managed to do, so 2 straight wins for the quarter. Go, me! 😀
Bookish & Reading Goals (0/2)
Okay so this was a total failure, and I only have myself and my over-abundant optimism to blame.
The first goal here was to read 2 books from the ones that I already owned, but I couldn’t do it. Though I guess I should have anticipated this, because with me, the books that either have review commitments or the ones from the library that are on a deadline, always take precedence over books that I own, and so unfortunately the owned books inevitably fall prey to procrastination.
But of-course I need to get to the ones I own, so it was a good goal, it’s just that I’m still pretty bad at actually getting this done.
Now the second goal here was supposedly the easier goal among the two, in which all I had to do was exercise some self-control, and NOT request new books from NetGalley. But considering I’ve never had any self-control when it comes to books, not surprisingly, I failed at this too.
Health & Fitness Goals (1/1)
I had one health and fitness goal, which was a step goal 3 times a week, and I did accomplish it, but I think I’ve been too easy on myself in this department, as this was hardly a challenge.
However, over the last month, I have made some progress when it comes to consistent cardio and strength training, and so in the next year I will be setting some goals that will actually challenge me.
Home & Family Goals (1/2)
Here I had two goals, one was to complete our kitchen back-splash project, and the second was to finish sorting and organizing all the digital photos and videos that I have stored at several random places.
The back-splash project was completed, so that was a win, and as far as the second goal is concerned – if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that this is the one goal that gets pushed from one quarter to the next without ever getting done, and that was pretty much the case this quarter as well.
But I have to say that quarterly goals aside, this was a task I had procrastinated for 5 years, and this year, even though I have failed at getting it done every quarter, I have made tremendous progress, and I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. So while this is a fail for now, I am really happy with my progress.
FINAL SCORE: 7/12 goals, which means I accomplished only 58% of the goals I set, so this quarter was fail, but well, I tried. And since I am doing this update post months after when it was due, I am actually closer to accomplishing a lot of what I failed at, so things are looking up. Silver linings. 🙂
That’s all from my end, folks. I will be back soon with my goals for the brand new year. In the meanwhile, I would love to hear from you guys. Do you guys set quarterly goals too? Or goals in general? How do you guys track them? Do share!
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