March is coming to an end: Goals Assessment & Habit Tracker

Hello reader and welcome to my blog! Happy Monday, or at least I hope it will be. Lately, I’ve been going through depression which has been manifesting in many ways: social isolation, negativity, fatigue, edginess, lack of self-care, overeating, irregular sleep (too much or too little) but today I decided to pick myself up and see where im at with my goals so I can readjust, focus and try again.

But 1st, what’s new?

It’s almost Ramadan, and im excited because my son is excited. He has been excited about it for weeks and started making decorations and bringing out last year’s decorations, so I printed more decorations papers for him. He even turned his desk into a “Ramadan zone” where he put a bunch of decorations and hung colorful lights and does his arts and crafts in that corner. I took out an empty shoebox and put his stuff in there because it got messy. I named it the “Ramadan box”. He is over the moon waiting for Ramadan. I even printed out activities for him to do in Ramadan and set Ramadan goals for him. I even printed a daily Ramadan Planner for myself.

My son had exams last week, and though it was tiring, it went well (the grades won’t be out until after 2 weeks at least, maybe 3), and today he goes back to school full time. Yay me. More me-time. I can finally take a nap if I want to, though I have to cook so a nap is unlikely.

I’m going to try a new meal today. I normally don’t get excited about trying new meals. I get terrified I’ll do something wrong, but im excited because my husband requested something other than the 5 meals he eats regularly. I’m still scared it won’t turn out well as it’s my 1st time cooking it, but if it goes well, I’ll post about it and you’ll know, or not, depending on my mood. Update: I cooked the meal and it turned out delicious! I substituted from the original recipe because I didn’t have all ingredients, but if you are interested in how I made it, comment below, and I will either answer in the comments or write a whole post about it.

Those are 3 positive things that are going on with me. It’s a therapy technique I picked up from my many readings and from the apps I download for self improvement, journaling, etc.

This was my attempt at positivity because every time I asked myself what’s new and tried to rack through my zombified brain, I thought negative things, like my fingers are swollen from the change of weather allergy, my son is still driving me crazy, my husband is still not giving me attention (well he does for 2 days then flips the switch because a hug is too much intimacy for him, whereas I need 10 hugs a day), in addition to more negative things.

Healthy coping mechanisms im trying are: I started a new course on coursera today (I wasn’t going to take any more courses until after eid but this is more like therapy than a course) in positive psychology. I’m also doing a 21-day mindfulness challenge on 21 days challenges app. I also visit the daily zen on gratitude app for positive affirmations and quotes, use the flexible journal to focus on gratitude and positivity, and am reminded with positive affirmations throughout the day by the app. I’m also doing meditative therapy sessions using the app being. Unhealthy coping mechanisms im practicing are: binge-reading romance novels and eating junk food all day and not exercising. (I pray for the willpower to stop).

Now to my March goals: Let’s see how I did!

I’ve been vigilant with my goals at the beginning of the month, but I slipped a bit during the past week, I think. I may have still done everything but not on the right days. I’ve been doing housework 2 to 3 times a week, which is good, considering my low energy levels and the cold. I’m going to try to do spring cleaning before Ramadan but I don’t know if I will be able to.

Let’s see how I did with my weekly goals:

I’ve been posting blogs twice a week, at least. I cooked only twice this month! That’s not good, but it’s not my fault. My husband wasn’t in the mood for cooked food. I added a few ebooks to gumroad but I decided not to add any more products there. I’m adding new products to redbubble every other day. I’m bursting with creativity! I’m working on a new collection “campfire“. Be sure to check it out. I finished a course on printful and coursera. I worked on my novella 3 times out of 4, which is good. I’m currently filling the holes in my novella before I move on to chapter 10 (the final chapter). I’m volunteering to teach Quran every Saturday and im enjoying it greatly. I think volunteering is good for me. It moves my attention away from my problems and helps me focus on others, although I end up in a daze all day at my parents because im exhausted from too much social interaction and not enough sleep the night before (I get anxious every Friday night and I think it has something to do with Saturday but I can’t put my finger on it).

Let’s see how I did with the healthy habits im trying to implement:

As for my habits, I have achieved my goals of reading the Quran 5 days a week at 86%, meditating 3 days a week at 91%, and showering twice a week at 100%. As for exercising (abs challenge or yoga or walking 6,000 steps) 5 days a week, I have scored 73% and I read blogs 75% of my daily goal, so these 2 need a little work. As for reading from The dance of Anger daily, I have scored 67%. To me, that is a passing grade but I didn’t achieve my goal (if I score 80% or higher, I consider the goal achieved as I know I am not perfect and I need to factor in my health, energy, and mood). Sadly, I have failed to drink 0.75L of water a day, brush my teeth 3 days a week, and brush my hair 3 times a week (scores were 52%, 41%, and 50% respectively).

Ooh, another positive thing that happened is that a few days ago, we had a cool thunderstorm! Spring officially began a week ago, but the weather here is still very much winter-like, except for a few wildflowers here and there. A few days ago, though, after 3 weeks of cold and windy storms, there was a lot of rain, some hail, a lot of lightning and thunder, and no wind! I stood on the balcony in a ski jacket and took several videos. I even caught the lightning on camera, paused the video, screenshotted it, cropped it, and posted it on Instagram.

Thank you for reading my post. If you like my style of writing, you can find my books on Amazon (different content, similar style). You can also listen to my blogs on Spotify if you don’t have time to read them. I also have online shops on redbubble, storenvy, and gumroad. You can also buy me a coffee to support me.

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12 responses to “March is coming to an end: Goals Assessment & Habit Tracker”

  1. I’m glad you’re doing well on your goals. Bravo on trying a new meal and getting it right. Keep smiling my friend

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate it ❤️

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      1. You’re welcome

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    2. Do you set goals or just go with the flow?

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      1. I just go with the flow, though I have unwritten goals in my mind for every day.

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  2. Kids and the run-up to holidays is the best. They bring back the enthusiasm, wonder, and love.
    We use the same Gratitude app! I like the daily reminders and daily zen. The reminders occasionally irritate, but if I pay attention and take a moment, it’s usually to my benefit.
    I love a good thunderstorm ❤️️
    I use a daily planner myself with a variety of sections (water drunk, exercise, goals, plans, connect with, blah, blah 😉 I find it helps me on a day-to-day, but I don’t seem to set overarching goals. Perhaps because eating disorders are about excessive planning and I’m trying to become more flow-based? At any rate, I think you deserve huge congratulations 🤗

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    1. Thanks! So glad we have so much in common

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  3. I’m sorry to hear about the continued depression. That sucks.
    However, it seems that you are still accomplishing a lot! I was very impressed by your task tracking. A great system and precise.

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    1. Thanks. It’s a curse and a blessing that I was raised to measure my worth based on my achievements

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  4. Great to see all the effort you are proactively taking Sajida to keep the positivity going…am sure the new dishes are going to turn out great… will look forward to reading about them 💟😊

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    1. Thank you much for your encouragement 😁

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