unspoken wrote: Vipassana take mental note on rising and falling of the breathing.
I've been to many Goenka Vipassana retreats [did I read somewhere that's what you were doing?], including a Satipatthana Course. My view was that anapanasati [in/out breathing focused at the nose in Goenka's style]--taught the first few days--is what you fall back on when the vipassana [Goenka's body-sensation scanning] gets too scary or you find yourself ditracted. Jhana at those retreats is a non issue, just not a goal at all, and anapanasati isn't done long enough for most people to attain jhana [using anapanasati].
Or did you attend a youth "vipassana" retreat? If so, there may have been more focus on anapanasati.
A person's meditation can develop fast. Note the beeps, stay focused, as you've seen that even after hearing the beeps, life goes on as usual--the beeps themselves are not a significant achievement.
Sitting everyday is a great way to develop. If your life between sits is incredibly stressful, progress may be slower [maybe not happen at all? Depends on you]."Continuity is the key to success."
That is, not just continuing to sit regularly, but to maintain sati every moment until success. That's why retreats work so well.