December 27, 2013
I enjoy taking some time at the end of the year to reflect on the year that was. I relive fun memories that I made with my family. I see victories. I trace how God has worked in my life. And I am reminded of goals that are still left unmet.
Several years ago, I came across a variety of different articles that encouraged me to be more interactive with my reflection. They introduced me to the practice of an annual review and included questions like:
- What went well this year?
- What did not go well this year?
- List major events from the year
- Thinking of a career or business, what has worked? What hasn’t worked out so well this year?
- What mistakes did you make this year?
- What lessons have you taken away from the year? What will you change to avoid the same mistakes in the next year?
- What do you need to celebrate from this past year?
These questions help you dig a bit deeper into the year. They remind you to celebrate the victories and take away from the challenges and things that did not go so well.
This year I am planning to use a free workbook from Susannah Conway called Unraveling the Year Ahead 2014. It is a balance of looking back at the year that was and then looking ahead to plan for the new year.
- Do you take time at the end of the year to look back?
- What questions do you ask yourself?
- Do you plan for the year ahead? What tools or resources have you found helpful?
Here are some of the resources I have found helpful in conducting an annual review:
- How to Conduct an Annual Review by Chris Guillebeau – Chris pointed me to the Unraveling the Year Ahead workbook
- The Year That Was – article from Sitepoint
- My Year in Review Worksheet from Cynthia Morris
- 52 x 7 - Jon Acuff decided to do away with New Year‘s resolutions and came up with an idea to set 52 day goals in 7 different areas of life. His original article is not currently available but I have linked to an article that quotes from his original. I tried it out this year and saw success.