Your Annual Personal Review: Three Steps to Reflecting on 2016

Last week, I walked through my three step process on how to write your self-evaluation for work. When was the last time you did the same type of thing, but for all areas of your life? Have you ever stopped at the end of a year to really debrief on what went well or what could’ve gone differently? This week’s post is a series of questions and activities centered on reviewing your life in 2016.

Step 1: Get Grounded

What happened every month this year? Act like how news reporters should act - keep it factual and objective. Go back through your calendar, planner, whatever else you use to keep your life organized as a way to remind you about what happened this year.

If you want to get really fancy, use the “7 F’s” (a concept in the book “What Really Works” by Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt): Faith, Family, Friends, Finances, Fun, Fitness and Future to write what happened in each of these categories for every month this year.

Step 2: Get Curious

Spend time answering the following questions about your year:

  • What are you most proud of this year?
  • What is different about the “you” today and the “you” on 1/1/2016?
  • What would you change about this year?
  • How did your actions this year impact your future?
  • What was challenging in 2016 and what did you learn from it?
  • What would the following groups of people have to say about your year? Your family, your friends, your coworkers and your community.

Step 3: Get Intentional

Take some time to envision your day on 12/31/2017. What will your accomplishments be? What will you have spent your time doing? If you were to answer the same questions as outlined above, how will your answers be different?

There will be future posts on how to set effective new years resolutions and goals for the next year. So, if thinking about another year after you just barely made it through this one seems overwhelming, don't sweat it now. 

A-ha! A secret step four: if during this process, you come across something you would like to talk through, or have a major breakthrough, let me know by filling out the form below!

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