Before 2013 is over, I need to carve out an hour for my Year in Review.
Today is the last day of school, the last full week of work and the last chance to plow through my to do list. So where to find some time? I'll have to squeeze it in between lessons, probably going to Starbucks while one kid is at dance.
An annual review is a chance to stop and reflect on the year that's gone by - the ups and downs, the good, bad and the ugly, the successes, the failures. The whole glorious mess.
Psychology Today says that an annual review gives us the chance to feel gratitude for the good things and reflect and learn from the less-than-great. As the president of my company, I spend a lot of my day looking ahead. I tend not to celebrate successes and it's easy for me to remember only the failures so taking one hour to feel gratitude is fun. I actually look forward to the ritual. Then when I reflect on the hard-won lessons of the past year, I can put that learning to good use and plan for the year ahead.
Another way to do a quick look back and look forward is to take 15 minutes and answer these questions from the article Do Your Personal Review:
• What's working and what still needs work?
• Can I live with the decisions I've made?
• What have I learned from both my successes and my failures?
• Now that I know where I'm at, how will I get to where I want to go?
I also write 2-3 goals for each category of personal, business, family, relationships, faith and fun. I'll refer to the list during the year to track my progress. For example, this past year I had a goal of dealing with a lingering shoulder injury (thank you sea-kayaking for that) and I met the goal by getting help from a physio and exercise consultant. For 2014, one of my personal goals will be to shorten my time in the Half Marathon Relay that I run each May with my brother.
And now to schedule my hour and tackle that email in-box before the day is over. Have a wonderful holiday, a merry Christmas and a joyful new year!