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Sketchnote of 2013

August 25, 2014

Sketchnote of 2013
Sketchnote I made to as a year in review for 2013

I am a historian at heart. I am also very reflective. So I am always looking for ways to capture my own personal history.

Several years ago, I came across Nicholas Felton’s Annual Reports. I liked how he kept track of a lot of different data points that gave him a picture of his year. I have always wanted to create something like that but never taken the time to try. Plus the format did not seem like a good fit for me.

So instead, each year I gather some stats from the year and put them in Evernote. I added a little bit of visuals through stickers from Gowalla. But it was mostly words.

But this past year, I found something that really helped me capture my year in a way that was meaningful to me. I did a sketchnote. It seemed appropriate because I began the regular practice of sketchnoting last year after reading Mike Rohde’s The Sketchbook Handbook.

The sketchnote really worked for me because I am a visual person. It helped me to capture the important events and things that shaped my life in 2013.

The biggest one was that we moved from Orlando to Chattanooga. I also included books that were meaningful, music and artists, and some personal statistics related to books, social media, journaling, and exercising.

The final product was a combination of sketches and some things that I traced. I scanned my hand drawn sketchnote and then did some editing in Photoshop. I scaled some of the items and relocated others and then added a couple of things I had forgotten. Like all creations, it is always hard to say it is finally done.

I did most of the work at the beginning of the year. But there were a couple of things I wanted to redo and I did not get back to it till this week. I am very happy with the result. I am already planning to do it again at the end of this year. Already have some ideas brewing.

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Practicing an Annual Review

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:

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I am Jeff Bridgforth. I’m a front end developer, which means I build Websites.

My Christian faith informs every area of my life. I am husband and father of three. I love baseball and my team is the Tampa Bay Rays.