It hardly seems possible, but we’ve lived through another year.
With the excitement of the Christmas season, the craziness of shopping for the perfect gifts and the never-ending list of things to do at work – especially when you work in fund development like I do – it’s easy to forget that we’ve lived through 350+ sunrises and an equal amount of sunsets.
Before it’s too late, I encourage you to ‘take a beat’ in the next few days to look back at your year.
Chris Guillebeau – author of the Happiness of Pursuit, The $100 Startup and a guest on episode 100 of my podcast – is a big proponent of doing an annual review. In fact, earlier this week, he posted the first in a series of posts related to his 2015 annual review.
The Power of Simple Questions
I like the way Chris approaches his year-end review. If you are looking a process to use for your annual review, I encourage you to read his post titled “How To Conduct Your Own Annual Review.” It’s a quick read and I think you’ll find it very helpful.
Before the end of the month, I recommend you grab a cup of coffee, a blank sheet of paper and answer the two questions Chris uses as a starting point:
- What went well in the past year?
- What did not go well in the past year?
If nothing else, this exercise will give you an opportunity to look back and reflect on the year that was.
Henry David Thoreau once said:
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Only by looking back and understanding what brought us to where we are today can we truly follow Thoreau’s advice.
Be well and happy review!