How have y’all been? I know, I know I have been MIA from the virtual world (and my blog) for much longer than initially announced or ever planned. I do have a very good reason for it, but it will make for a very bleak start, so I’ll come to that later in the post.
For now, let’s talk about the quarter gone by, and how I did on my goals. If you want to know the “rules” of the game, or why I decided to set quarterly goals in the first place, do read this post.
But essentially, I had set 11 goals for myself (spanning several areas of my life), and the deal was, if I managed to accomplish 75% (or more) of these goals, then I would have “won” the quarter.
Or else… I get to come to this very-public platform and announce a fail. Which is so not fun. But it’s life, happens all the time.
Now this quarter was a tough one to begin with. For one, I did not even have the full quarter as I had set these goals towards the end of Jan, and I was planning to be in India for most of March, for my sister’s wedding, so that time was kind of blocked off for visiting family and having fun. Which left me with a little over a month and half to fit these goals in.
With that in mind, let’s get on with this quarter’s update, and see if I could actually accomplish anything at all.
Sort all personal photos & videos – Okay, like I said in the post where I set the goal, I had been procrastinating this one for the last 5 years. The fact that I planned to get this done in a quarter, where I really only had a month and half to work with, sounds ridiculous!
But that’s me, at times I get carried away and set a crazy goal like this one, which unfortunately, yet inevitably, leads me to a fail.
Having said that, this one is going to get pushed to the next quarter’s goals, and while it’s still a stretch, it’s more achievable in the coming quarter, as I don’t have a whole lot going on (at-least as compared to the first quarter of the year). [Score – 0/11]
Make a video collage for my sister’s wedding & my son’s birthday – This is another classic example of untamed ambition – I should have stopped at the goal of making a video collage for my sister’s wedding (which by the way, is a goal I successfully completed), and should not have gone overboard with the goal of making a video for my son (which I wasn’t able to do), especially considering there was no occasion or even a place to play that video.
It was mostly for personal records. But I clearly did not reign myself in during goal-setting, which is why, I can only count this as half a win. [Score – 0.5/11]
Decide & Stick to a Posting Schedule – This one is complicated. I have finally decided my posting schedule (I’ll come to that in a bit), which is great, because earlier even that was always a mystery to me. But clearly I haven’t been able to follow it yet.
There are many reasons why, but mostly because I have been away from home for quite some time last quarter, and then more recently, after I came back, I had a very nasty fall from the stairs, which had me pretty much bed-ridden for two days, and then in a lot of pain for a week. I still have residual pain from the fall, but I am doing much better now.
Anyway, I plan to stick to the new schedule of posting, which is on Sunday Night 8 PM my time (which is EST, should be Monday morning India time). There may be ‘bonus’ posts outside of this, but you can expect a post every single Sunday night without fail.
That being said, honorable intentions aside, this is also only half a win. [Score – 1/11]
Start Chatty Blogs – This I did. I started it. I wasn’t able to keep up with it, thanks again to my erratic schedule in the first quarter, but I will, and this will be live on the first Sunday of every month, and run for 2 weeks instead of the earlier one week (as suggested by you guys). [Score – 2/11]
Set up Yoast – I have to thank my lucky stars, that I at-least set one realistic, manageable goal last quarter. This one was a win. I set it up. I still have to make some tweaks, but that’s completely fine. [Score – 3/11]
Start the Food Blog – Okay you know this by now. I have a problem. It’s called extreme optimism. Because why else would I set this as a goal in this quarter, which was challenging to begin with, when I have been procrastinating this forever.
So clearly, this was a fail, but I have reason to believe that this will get done soon, as you will see in my post where I set goals for the coming quarter. [Score – 3/11]
Read & Review Jane Eyre – This was a win. I read and reviewed Jane Eyre, which by the way was a book I adored. And I am incredibly grateful that I buddy-read this, because if not for that, I would most likely have DNFed it, which would be an utter shame, considering it’s now one of my favorite books of all time. [Score – 4/11]
Start the audio-books series – It breaks my heart that this one was a fail, but it was. Hopefully I’ll get to this sometime soon. Sometime real soon. [Score – 4/11]
Elliptical 20-30 minutes – 5 days a week & Fitbit 5000 steps – 5 days a week – Okay, I am combining these two goals here, as I would consider both of these a ‘qualified’ win. Mostly because while setting the goal, I had already exempted myself from doing this in India or when sick (foresight, always helps? ). This was my healthy day fitness plan.
And barring the 2 weeks in February when I was sick, and the 3 weeks in March, when I was in India, I have done this every single day, which I know isn’t technically every single week of this quarter, but for me, is a huge improvement over my past procrastinating ways. [Score – 6/11]
Lose 9 pounds – This was a HUGE win. And a completely unexpected one at that. Considering that I had even been to India in this quarter, and no one, I repeat no one comes lighter after hogging on all the mouth-watering delicacies there, I am amazed that this time I did. And the complete credit goes to the Rujuta Divekar method outlined in Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight. Her book was a total game-changer for me.
If you guys are interested, I will do a full separate post, reviewing the book, and my application of the ideas mentioned, which enabled me to lose the weight, and keep it off.
Note: I know that 9 pounds in 3 months may not be a big deal to many of you. But it is definitely a huge deal for me, as I haven’t been losing any weight since forever. My weighing scale only ever moved upwards whenever I was on it. [Score – 7/11]
FINAL SCORE: 7/11 that is 63.63% which means this quarter was a fail. Surprise surprise. Okay, to be fair, I would have needed nothing short of a miracle for a win this time, but boy would it have been nice to start with a win! Anyway, there’s always next time… #Optimism
That’s all from my end, folks. I will be back soon with my goals for the next quarter. In the meanwhile, I would love to hear from you guys. I know many of you set quarterly goals too. How did it go for you guys? And for the ones who set goals for other timelines – are you tracking these goals? I would love to hear. Do share!