If you own a business (or even if you don’t!), the practice of conducting a year in review should be on your list.
For one, it gives you a place to spell out and celebrate your accomplishments.
Second, it helps you take stock of what didn’t get done and decide how to move forward.
Third, looking at your year in review can help you see where you want to focus next year, and where you could use help or assistance.
If you’re panicked that time is running out and you haven’t had time to think about what you’ve accomplished this year, don’t fret. You can do a concise, thoughtful review in a few focused minutes.
How to conduct your own year in review
Grab a pen and paper, warm cup of tea, and head to your favorite quiet spot.
Choose one area of your life (your business, health, relationships, personal development, etc.) to focus on. Ask yourself these questions and write down what first comes to mind.
- What did I accomplish this year?
- What went well?
- What didn’t go well and why?
- What didn’t happen that I wanted to accomplish?
- What do I want to carry over to next year’s list?
- What didn’t happen that I am willing to let go of?
- What were my key learnings from this year?
- If I had to categorize this aspect of my life in 2017, what words or phrases would I use?
When complete, you’ve captured a summary of the year. You know what worked and what didn’t, what you’re ready to release, and what’s important to carry through the next year.
The exercise of writing down your year in review is the first step to an effectively planning for next year. Only once you’ve taken stock of where you’re at, can you begin planning for what you want to see in 2018.
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