It’s the middle of November already! I can hardly believe it, but that means that it’s time for my mid-month Happy.Healthy.Whole Project (HHWP) update!
If you’re just joining me, check out what the HHWP is all about, and how to start your own HHWP!
If you need, you can check out my November HHWP goals here. Alright, let’s jump in and see how things have been going for me this month.
HHWP Mid-Month Update: A Rough Start To The Month
I’ve got to admit that the first part of this month has not at all gone as planned. There were two big events that threw me off track.
The 2020 Presidential Election
I have had a ton of anxiety surrounding the November 3rd presidential election (here in the United States) which has been really drawing itself out.
I knew that I was going to be anxious during this time, but I guess I wasn’t fully prepared for the scope of it. For days I found myself really struggling to focus, and that really held me back from being as productive as I would like to be.
Knowing myself well, I knew that the best thing to do for my own sanity was to step away from social media, and set boundaries for my news intake.
A Covid-19 Scare
One of my goals this month was to finally get back to see my family. I have a niece that is already 7 months old and I hadn’t got to meet her yet. I also missed my dad’s 60th birthday.
And they way the covid-19 cases have been going here in the United States, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make it home for the holidays since things are getting worse and worse.
So I weighed the risks, and I decided to make a trip home while I could. But this too has caused me a lot of anxiety.
Things got complicated when my cousin’s mother-in-law tested positive for covid-19 after my sister and I had seen our cousin.
We weren’t sure if our cousin had covid-19 or not, so when we heard we immediately started a quarantine until 4 days later when we heard that she and her family had tested negative (thank goodness!) And we weren’t actually exposed.
This scare unfortunately caused me to have to cancel my original flight and then reschedule it again three days later.
Then because I changed my flight, I also had to change my pre-travel covid-19 testing, as well as recertify my flights with the state of Hawaii. Between this and actually finding a testing site that was willing to test travelers AND had the right type of tests… I again missed out on a lot of productivity.
What Didn’t Go So Well
To be completely honest, a lot of my goals have not gone as planned for the first part of this month.
I wasn’t able to attend my regular, weekly, physical therapy appointments because of the travel. And I really didn’t do a good job of keeping up with my exercises at my sister’s house.
I also did not study one hour per day for my certification exam while at my sister’s. Honestly, I just wanted to soak up all the family time possible since I have no idea when it’ll be possible again.
My social media posting has also fallen by the wayside, with all of my anxiety about the election and trying to distance myself from social media during that time.
What Did Go Well
Throughout all of the craziness I have been able to stick to my blog post publishing schedule which I am proud of.
I did apply (and got accepted for!) three affiliate programs which I am really excited about!
I also planned out my posts all the way up to the New Year which I am pretty stoked about! I’ve never scheduled posts that far in advance so that’s a big win for me.
And of course I was able to stick to my goals in the category of “strengthening relationships” which were to visit home and contact friends and family at least twice a month. I got to meet my little niece for the first time, and I’ve got to say, I’m in love!
How I Plan To Turn Things Around In The Second Half Of November
Because I live on one of the outer islands in the state of Hawaii, our travel precautions are rather extensive. You must get a Covid-19 test within 3 days of flying to the Hawaiian Islands. But the labs are so overloaded that the test results don’t come back before you fly.
So they recommend quarantining when you get back to Hawaii for 5-7 days, then taking another Covid-19 test, and staying in quarantine until test results are received (which has been taking another 2-3 days on average, or so I’m told.)
My partner did not travel with me, so I will need to quarantine in one of our extra bedrooms out of an “abundance of caution” as they say.
So I will be locked up in a single room of my house for somewhere between 7 to 14 days. I am not at all excited about that, but… it does provide a fantastic opportunity to catch up on my November goals.
Things I plan to work on during my quarantine:
- Social media scheduling.
- Blogmas writing.
- Studying for my certification.
- Getting ready to launch my Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner!
- Adding affiliate links to old posts.
So while I’m not happy to have to be away from my partner longer, or being locked in a hot and steamy spare bedroom without air conditioning (it’s still soooo hot and muggy in Hawaii!), the silver lining is that I think I will be so bored that I’ll have no choice but to be super productive!
6 Ways To Get Your Goals Back On Track After A Rough Patch
People fail to stick to their goals for all types of reasons but, one of the most common reasons I see is that they make a little slip-up, or they have a bad week, or even a few weeks as I just did… and then they quit.
Instead of trying to problem-solve and move forward, they just give up. Usually they tell themselves they’ll start again when things calm down, become less stressful, or at the beginning of the month or a new year.
The problem is, they usually don’t ever start again. So, I thought I’d share a few tips about how I avoid quitting and get back on track after I’ve had a rough time of my goals.
Be Kind To Yourself
It’s hard to say what is more difficult – changing habits, or these times we are currently living in.
Both are hard, together it is even harder – far from impossible mind you, but not easy by any means.
So take that into account. Don’t be your worst enemy. Beating yourself up about it doesn’t do any good.
Look At The Big Picture
Sometimes, things come up that we have no control over. And, sometimes those things may be more important than goals – at least at the moment.
For example, I decided that spending time with my family while I was home (for probably the last time in who knows how long…) was more important than it was to keep up with my social media posting for the blog.
Same thing with decreasing my social media exposure during the election – I decided my mental health was more important than keeping up with my daily social media posting etc.
Now I’m not saying this can happen all the time. But sometimes it will happen, and that’s okay. You don’t need to quit over it, just do what you need to do and then get back to your goals as soon as you can.
People often have this idea in their head that they must be perfect on their habits, or else they should just quit. This is called all-or-nothing thinking. It’s that “go big or go home” mentality, but this is not realistic.
Instead, admit right up front that you are not perfect and you will hit bumps and slip-up. By having this more realistic expectation, you will be much less rattled when you do have a little slip-up, and then be able to persist through it.
Use Failure As A Learning Opportunity
When you do make a mistake or fall off the wagon, use it as a learning opportunity. Figure out where things went wrong, and make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice.
Get Back On The Horse
When you make a mistake, it’s best to get right back on the horse as soon as possible. Don’t wait to start fresh again next month or year or whatever – just pick up where you left off.
Change The Plan
Now this may not always be the case, but If your plan is not working, ditch it and make a better one.
I know, I know – no one likes to do that. I am one of the most stubborn people there is. But, I have learned through lots of personal struggle and strife that it’s better to throw out the plan than the goal.
So if the plan is no longer serving you, throw it out! Sacrifice it for the greater good – the chance to actually stick to and achieve your goal.
So all in all, it’s been a bumpy start to the month, but I am pretty confident that I will be able to turn it around.
My anxiety about the election is starting to subside some now that the election chaos is winding down a bit. And I arrived back in Hawaii just last night and started my quarantine, so the travel anxiety is calming down a bit as well.
I am feeling refreshed and energized by the time I spent with my family, and I am ready to get down to work and get my goals back on track!
Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for the release of my Happy.Healthy.Whole Workbook & Planner, and more updates on my HHWP!
Until next time,