Annual review time…
As we near the end of the year, it’s a great time to do an annual review…
– to review where we’re up to: what’s working, what’s not working, what needs tweaking…
Do you take time to reflect on your day/week/month/year?
Is reviewing your year something you have to do as part of your annual review at work?
If you don’t have to do that or no longer have to do that…
Do you take time to reflect, to take stock of where you are?
We talk a lot about goals and where we want to get to but…
If I don’t know where I am, how will I know how to get to where I want to be??
(Using Lean terminology – as well as understanding our future or ideal state – What is our current state?)
Remembering how far you’ve come
Last week I asked:
Do you celebrate your successes?
Do you take the time to pat yourself on the back?
As we constantly strive to improve, to reach our goals, it’s important to also take time to remember how far we’ve come.
“When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come. Remember everything that you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears that you have overcome” – Unknown
This time last year, I had just started networking (at meetings and online), I was in the process of setting up my website, and I was planning my first Macclesfield Bird Table – the end of last year doesn’t seem too long ago – until I start to think about how far I’ve come…
In that year I’ve gone from a baseline of zero to attending over 80 networking meetings (including 10 where I’ve given a presentation), written nearly 30 blog posts (for my own website and also guest blogs), and am planning the fourth term of the Macclesfield Bird Table 🙂
What will you stop, start, continue?
Thinking about your annual review:
What did you do over the last year that is paying off now?
What worked well?
What will you repeat, do more of?
What have you loved?
What did you do that was really scary and took you out of your comfort zone?
What wasn’t as hard as you thought it might be?
What have you learned?
What new things will you try?
Who have been your supporters, your energy angels?
What didn’t work so well?
What felt like a chore?
What might you do differently?
Is it time for your annual review?
In reviewing my year, I’m excited to move into next year, to repeat the things that work, to continue to try new things that might scare me today (like a talk via Facebook Live, or a radio interview – eek!)
What about you?
Please let me know your thoughts by adding your comments below…
To find out how I can help you reflect on how far you’ve come, recognise how much you’ve achieved and help you to prepare for/carry out your annual review, please get in touch via the contact form or call me on +44 7526 740486.