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Keeping Busy During Lockdown – January & February 2021

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For new readers: This post is part of my on-going Tracking Happiness Diary updates. It’s basically a public case study on Tracking Happiness, by publishing about the ups and downs I write about in my journal. I started doing this when Tracking Happiness was first launched, and never stopped.

Well. This is a bit weird. For the first time since I started writing these monthly updates, I actually FORGOT one.

Luckily, these updates are only read by my mom, so the damage is not that significant. 😊

This update will cover both January and February, with a look into my Tracking Happiness Diary. How happy was I these past months?

Spoiler alert: January and February were really uneventful. I’ve spent basically all my time on the Tracking Happiness Diary, which was just released on the website. As a result, this update will be a little shorter than usual, even though it covers 2 months.

The thing is: a LOT of days were practically identical. I spent most of my time programming, in online meetings and writing launch content.

Luckily for me, I enjoyed every single moment. So January and February were both really happy months for me.

Here are my personal happiness ratings for January:

mhr happiness ratings january 2021

And here are my personal happiness ratings for February:

mhr happiness ratings february 2021

As you can see, I was really happy these months.

The average for January was 78.74 and for February it was 81.10.

I rate my happiness on a scale from 1 to 100 now, as I use the Tracking Happiness Diary.

January and February in a nutshell

From the outside looking in, these 2 months might have been the most boring months in my life:

  • The Netherlands is still in a semi-lockdown.
  • The weather was mostly relatively bad.
  • I spent practically every single day behind my laptop.
  • Besides running and the occasional walk with my girlfriend, I didn’t really go outside all that much.

Sounds really boring, right?

In fact, this month was so dull that one of the highlights was when I landed a kickflip on my skateboard during a blizzard

(Okay, it wasn’t really a blizzard but we don’t see snow that often in the Netherlands).

Compare this kickflip with the one below from November. Which one do you like best?

Anyway, I don’t want to turn this happiness diary update into a skateboarding compilation (or do I?).

My point is that this might seem like a boring period to someone on the outside. Well, here’s my perspective:

  • I got to spent every single day working on one of the coolest projects I’ve ever worked on.
  • I worked on my own business full-time, which was really exciting.
  • In my previous job, I’d usually experience fatigue and burnout symptoms at this stage. But in my current case, I literally wake up every morning with a big desire to continue working on my business.

Long story short: I don’t care if I’m locked in a crammy office all day. In fact, I freaking love it!

On the few occasions the weather was nice, my girlfriend and I made sure to go out for long walks, and I wiggled in a few long-distance runs here and there.

The Netherlands got hit by a beautiful snow storm, which covered the country in a beautiful layer of white snow for a week.

netherlands snow february 2021

Positive happiness factors

There were plenty of positive happiness factors in January and February. Here’s the top 10:

mhr positive factors qty jan feb 2021

The top 4 happiness factors were all things that contributed to my happy isolated life:

  • I spent time relaxing with my girlfriend after working on the business every day.
  • Whenever I needed to unwind, I would go for a long run.

It was a really simple time, and a lot of the days morphed into one another. Half of the time, I didn’t even know what day it was.

Negative happiness factors

There were a couple of factors that had a negative influence on my happiness.

mhr negative factors qty jan feb 2021

Luckily, these negative factors didn’t impact my happiness all that much. On the one day I was bored, my happiness rating was still above average!

Even though I’m locked down in a small room most of the time, it is still really really busy.

At the end of March, I’ll spend a little more time looking back at my happiness diary. For now, I’ll continue doing the things that made me so happy in January and February: working on my business! 😊

Talk soon!


Hugo Huijer

Founder of Tracking Happiness

Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 7 years.

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