Sigh! I know you reckon. You’ve been busy too, right? In fact you’ve been busy most of 2017. The question though is have you been busy achieving your goals?
If you work in a corporate organisation, of course it’s appraisal season, where all employees get appraised against performance objectives/ goals that were set at the beginning of the year. And in effect appraise how the company has faired in terms of it’s corporate objectives for the year.
This is also a very useful personal exercise, whether you’re a part of that sort of system or not.
Let’s get into it.
You’ll need about one hour, a copy of your goals for the year, and writing materials.
1.Take a moment to be grateful – What better way to start your end of year review than being just grateful. Grateful that you’ve come this far this year. Grateful that in spite of everything you can still afford data and read this e-mail. Lol… that’s on the lighter side, but worth being grateful for nonetheless. What else are you grateful for? Make a list now. Nothing is too small, or too big, as long as you feel grateful about it.
Don’t skip this step, gratitude is such a potent force to attract more things to be grateful for. On the other side grumpiness/ ingratitude would also attract more to be grumpy about. #forreal!
2. Look Back – This is where you need your written down goals. Add new goals or challenges you’ve taken on over the past one year. Then for each goal write down how much result you have realised, as against how much you should have. Where you haven’t hit the target, write down why. Also, consider if there’s anything you can still take on over the next two weeks. You see, time is a continuum, and you don’t always have to wait for a change in date to embrace the change that you need. Also, take note that this exercise can quickly get depressing and you must guard against that. All progress, no matter how insignificant it seems, is still good news. Other questions to answer while looking back include – which of your accomplishments over the last one year are you most proud of? what didn’t go so well? what lessons have you learnt? how do you feel about your life as a whole as at this moment? – under-appreciated, overworked, confused, aimless – whatever you feel is valid, acknowledge it, write it down.
3. Look Forward – Top questions to ask: Are any of these goals really still relevant? Especially the unmet ones. This is an invitation to try again. If at first you fail, then by all means try again (where the goals are still relevant); what can be done to address the areas that didn’t quite work out this year ? how do you want to feel about your life as a whole at the end of next year? (fulfilled, happy, thriving, relevant, loved, etc); what needs to change for this to happen? (habits, skills, knowledge, new sources of income, etc).
And that’s your end of year review. Now, keep digging for goals in this thy might…!
I hope you’d create time to do this. It’s priceless.
Take charge of your life. Yes, you can.