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:
And here are my personal happiness ratings for February:
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.
Positive happiness factors
There were plenty of positive happiness factors in January and February. Here’s the top 10:
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.
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! 😊