As the title indicates, this is my super-delayed goals post for the second quarter of 2018. Now of-course I always mean to set goals and publish this post right at the beginning of any quarter. But this time, during the beginning of the quarter, I was on a blogging break, and after that on vacation to Florida. And then there were other posts to catch up on before this one. So basically to cut a long story short, what happened was that for one reason or the other, this post simply kept getting procrastinated.
Which is why, for a bit, I did consider letting this quarter go in terms of goal setting. But then I decided against it, because while yes, half the quarter is already behind me, exactly that much time is also ahead of me, and a lot can be done in it, if I simply choose to focus my energies. Which is basically what this entire goal setting exercise is about for me anyway.
Having said that, because of the significantly reduced time-frame, I am keeping the goals limited in number as well as realistic (in an optimistic way 😛 ). So for the rest of this quarter I have chosen to focus on just 10 goals, which I have listed below.
Quarterly Goals – A Quick Summary
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.
So now without further ado, let me share my goals for the second quarter of 2018.
My Goals for the 2nd Quarter of 2018 (Or for what’s left of it anyway)
Before I get started with my goals for this quarter, I have a honorary mention to get out of the way. I am sure folks who have been following this segment on my blog remember my goal to sort and organize all my digital photos and videos. How can you not? It has featured on literally every single goals post of mine, and I have failed spectacularly every single time.
Which is why I did not want to drop it from the goals list (which is what I am doing for this quarter) without an explanation. Now clearly I am not dropping it because it’s all done (how I wish!) but because I know for a fact that there is no way it’s going to happen by the end of June, so why pretend?
That being said, for once, there is a real possibility that I will get through it sometime soon. Because my husband’s friend introduced us to a digital photo sorting software called Irfanview. I haven’t tried it yet, but from what I’ve heard, it might be the answer to all my photo organization problems. If it works, I’ll let you guys know, because I know a lot of you are looking for options that make this daunting task a little easier.
Now, on to the goals…
1. Gym: 3 times a week – As many of you know, I have made fitness a priority in my life over the past few months, and a couple of weeks back, I finally took the plunge and joined a gym. So far I have been regular with it, but I know it’s only too easy to slack off, so I am keeping this as a goal here to remind myself that I need to hit the gym at-least 3 times a week.
This essentially involves me attending 3 group fitness classes per week. It could be Zumba one day, then Functional Strength the other day, or even Yoga. I’d count anything towards the 3 days. As long as I attend the entire class, which I always do.
2. Self Care Sunday – This goal is a new addition to my list, but is probably going to be a regular feature from now on. Because if there is anything I learnt after almost burning out from exhaustion (late March), is that I need to take a break every now and then, possibly slow down a bit, and not be in a constant state of go-go-go!
So the goal here is to indulge in an hour (or two) of self care every Sunday. Now I realize that this might seem simple and redundant to most people. But honestly for me, unless I specifically schedule it in, I have a tendency to not take a break, and simply go from task to task to task, switching to easier tasks when tired instead of just shutting down for a bit. Moreover even when I do take a break, it’s rarely a guilt free one.
So now I’ve found a simple solution for this terrible pattern that I seem to be stuck with. I’m just going to schedule an hour or two of self care every single Sunday. And I’m hoping that now that it’s a task on my list, I can possibly trick myself to take a darn break (I am fully aware of how this sounds, but well, that’s me).
Oh and I’m only going to count the things that I normally never get a chance to do towards this goal. Like, catch a movie, paint my nails, have a spa day at home, or even something outrageous as take a nap in the middle of the day (something that I don’t think I’ve had the chance to do in the last 6 years, ever since I had my son).
Moving on to the Blogging Goals..
3. Posting on Shanaya Tales – So one of the first things I did after I came back from the blogging break was plan out the editorial calendar for Shanaya Tales. This goal only exists to ensure that I stick to it.
4. Posting on The Love of Spice – This is again similar to my content/posting goal for Shanaya Tales, albeit on a smaller scale. Because on Shanaya Tales, my goal involves publishing 8 blog posts between now and end of June, while on The Love of Spice, I am only shooting for 3, maybe 4 posts.
5. Figure out workflow for the Food Blog – If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you already know that I am a very Type A sort of person, who loves her lists, and lives by them. And so whenever I take on a new task/project, I always break down the work involved in handy checklists, which I don’t have to re-think all the time.
So for instance on Shanaya Tales, every time I publish a new blog post, I go through a Pre & Post Publish Checklist. This goal basically involves me developing a similar checklist for The Love of Spice.
Of-course this doesn’t need to be perfect, because I keep updating these checklists all the time, whenever I figure out a better way of doing things. All I really need to do by the end of this quarter, is get the bare bones of the system down.
6. Move Hosting Providers – This and the next two goals involve tech fixes that I need to take care of before the end of this quarter. For one, I need to move hosting providers. I have been using Bluehost ever since I started blogging, but since the past few months I have been facing a lot of relatively serious issues when it comes to performance and customer service that they simply don’t care enough to fix, and I’ve had enough. Hence the decision to move.
7. Change Fonts on the Blog – This is a long story, so here is the short version – I changed my blog’s theme recently, and ever since then, the fonts on my blog seem to have a mind of their own, leaving me with the strangest display and alignment issues. So I’ve decided to completely overhaul the fonts on my blog. I don’t think there should be an issue getting this done, because I am outsourcing this. The only catch is that I need to sort out the hosting provider before I get this done.
8. Finish out the other small tech fixes – I know that taking care of ‘the other small tech fixes’ seems like a relatively easy task. But honestly this is kinda deceptive, because while the tasks are indeed small, there are about a million different such small tasks that I’ve to take care of, and so this is actually a huge project. Which is why this is clearly the most daunting goal on here. If I finish this (and it’s a big IF) along with all the other tasks (on here and otherwise), trust me, I deserve a medal. 😛
9. Social Media/Pinterest Strategy – Okay so like I mentioned earlier, after I came from the blogging break, I worked on the editorial calender for my blog. It has been something that I’d been meaning to do from a long time, but I simply never got around to actually getting it done. But now that it’s done, and I have a content plan in place, I am looking to get the same kind of structure when it comes to content marketing.
I mean I already do this as a part of my day job. I simply have to apply the same principles here and figure out a baseline social media strategy for my blog. That being said, Pinterest is kind of new-to-me, since I don’t work on it for my day job. So that’s one additional variable that I need to figure out, and work into this content marketing plan.
Last, but not the least, Reading Goals..
10. The Jane Austen Books Project – And finally, the reading goal, the only reading goal for this quarter, is to read one book by Jane Austen. I haven’t yet decided which one that will be, but as long as it’s a Jane Austen book that I haven’t already read, I’ll count it.
Now this doesn’t mean that I am not reading any other books this quarter. I am reading about 4-5 books a month, and delivering on review commitments too. But I’m kinda going at my own pace with them, so I don’t really need to make them a goal.
However this goal of mine, to read all the Jane Austen books by the end of the year, I need to keep an active tab on, because it’s one of those things that can slip through the cracks, and I don’t want it to, because it’s important to me.
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 second quarter of 2018? Do share!
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