Okay, I know this post is like two weeks too late (thanks to my unplanned blogging break), but like some very wise people say – some things are better late than never. I know, I know, it sounds like a convenient excuse, but trust me, this particular time, a short, unplanned break was just the thing I needed to recharge my blogging batteries, and return rejuvenated to this virtual world, I have grown to love so much.
Getting to the topic of this post, 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 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.
Sort all Personal Photos & Videos – I know absolutely no one will be surprised by this, but this did not happen, though I must say that I did do some ‘research’ on where and how to store these photos, after I sort them.
But yeah, I am aware that the goal was to actually sort the photos/videos, and not just research, so I am not counting this as a win, but I’m definitely rolling it over to the next quarter (yes, again). [Score – 0/15]
For the New Food Blog
Food Blog – Name + Hosting + Theme + Recording Keeping System – This was more challenging than I initially anticipated, but I did manage to complete this task, so this would be my first win for this quarter. [Score – 1/15]
Food Blog Theme – Buy + Customize + Apply – This was also a win (which makes it two wins in a row. Yay me!) As it happens, this whole splitting up the tasks for the food blog was a brilliant idea, and has helped me to actually get things done.
However, when I completed this task, I realized there were some other things to be done before the blog is ready for posting/public viewing, but those would be separate tasks (coming up in next quarter’s goals). As far as this task is concerned, it’s complete. [Score – 2/15]
Food Blog – Post 4 Recipes – This was clearly a fail. Cause like I mentioned, I have some more tweaks to do before I start posting on the blog, so the recipe count is zero. [Score – 2/15]
Food Blog – Figure out how to provide printable recipes – Also a fail. Since there were no recipes, this just did not apply. I am on a losing streak here! [Score – 2/15]
Food Blog – Set Up YouTube Channel – This was relatively easy, and so it is done. In-fact, I have secured all the other social media handles for the new blog as well. [Score – 3/15]
For Shanaya Tales
Shanaya Tales Posting Schedule – Here the goal was to post every Sunday for the 3 months in review, and while I missed a few Sundays, I am going to count this as a win, as I was able to keep up 1 post a week (at times a little more) and that was essentially the real goal here. [Score – 4/15]
Shanaya Tales – Start an Audio-book Series – I know I haven’t yet published this post, but I have written the first post of this series, and it is going to go live right after this quarterly goals series, so I am going to count this as a win. [Score – 5/15]
Catch up on Pending Reviews – Okay so while I only managed to review 2 of the 6 books I had on this list – Being Mortal & More Than Just Desire, I am still going to count this as a win, as the goal said to ‘catch up’, and I did ‘catch up’. ? (I need more concrete goals from next time! :/ ) [Score – 6/15]
Catch up on Books with Review Commitments – Again, applying the same logic as above, I did manage to ‘catch-up’ on pending reviews too. I reviewed 3/11 books – Jugnu, Knitted Tales & The Simplicity of Cider, so you see, this is done too. All hail loopholes! ? [Score – 7/15]
Reading / Bookish Goals
Finish Reading The Lunar Chronicles – This was one series I had procrastinated for the longest time, but I have finally finished reading The Lunar Chronicles, and what an absolute joy it was! I am going to review it soon, and also include the spoiler free reading order (as this has 4 books, one novella/bridge book, and many short stories that need to be read during certain points of the series). But for now I will say this – this series has secured its place in my all-time favorites, so clearly I recommend it to everyone. [Score – 8/15]
Participate in Dewey’s Readathon – The goal here was to do the readathon (done), participate actively in the community (done), and write one post (if not more) about the readathon (done-dona-done-done!). ? [Score – 9/15]
Fitbit -50 K Steps per week – This is done. However, this quarter, I have come across some challenges regarding measuring the steps accurately, as I can’t wear my Fitbit all the time, especially while cooking, cleaning etc, so for next quarter, I need to revise my plan of attack. [Score – 10/15]
Brisk Walk – 30 mins 3 days a week – I am going to count this as a win, as I have done it during the weeks I could. There were quite a few weeks where I was really sick these past few months, and I am going to discount those weeks. As anyway, this was always meant to be a healthy day/week goal. And unfortunately 2017 has been pretty rough on the health front. Nothing too serious, just a lot of falls, and a recurring case of cold, dry cough, and general weakness. [Score – 11/15]
Lose 5 pounds – This goal I scrapped long back. Because the real intention here was to maintain weight, and that should have been the goal to begin with (which, by the way, I succeeded at), but I guess it did not sound cool enough a goal to the silly-past-me, and so I wrote down this misguided goal instead. Nonetheless, like I said, this goal was scrapped, so the final tally stands at 11/14.
FINAL SCORE: 11/14 that is 78.6% which means this quarter was a win. *Applause* B-)
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. Do you guys set quarterly goals too? Or goals in general? How do you guys track them? Do share!