I’ve been doing a year-end review for the last six years. Every year, during the last week of the year, I set aside time to review and reflect on my year. Then I spend time planning out the next year. It’s been such a beneficial exercise for me that I recently recorded a podcast that outlines my year-end review process, hoping that it will encourage others to do the same.
Notes from Podcast
“Experience isn’t the best teacher, Evaluated Experience is.” -John Maxwell
Blog Posts on the Subject:
“My Journal Review”
* Daily Highlights
* Daily Entries
*My Bucket List – What did I cross off? What do I want to cross off?
* My Life Plan – Michael Hyatt’s Book
* 2012 Goals
* My Current Growth Plan
* My Future Growth Plan
“Year End Report”
* How I Spent my Time
* Low Lights
* Themes throughout the year
* Biggest Nuggets Learned
* Books Read
* Best Restaurants
* New Artists I like
* Best Movies
* Places Traveled To
* Major Events Attended/Places Gone To
* People I met
* Speaking Engagements
* Bucket List Items Complete
* Areas I grew in
* 3 Most Influential People in my Life
* Things I need to Stop Doing
* Things I need to Start Doing
Practices to End the Year With
1.) Letters to the 3 – I write letters to the 3 most influential people in my life that year, schedule time with them, give them the letter.
2.) Calls to Many – Call those you appreciate and impacted your life, let them know it.
3.) Spouse – New tradition – Write down all the memories we had that year – go out to dinner – celebrate
4.) Family New Years – Go around the table and share what was awesome about each person’s 2012!
Questions You Can Ask Yourself:
* How was your 2011?
* Did you have goals that you wanted to accomplish this year?
* Did you accomplish them?
* If not, why?
* What could have you done better in 2011?
* What were the highlights of the year? What were the low-lights?
* What were the biggest lessons you learned?
* Who helped change your life this year through their influence?
* What did God teach you?
* Who did you meet this year that you’re glad you met with?
* What do you need to repent about?
* Who do you need to forgive?
* Who do you need to call or meet with and thank?
* Where did you waste the most time?
* Where was your time well spent?
Next Podcast: Starting Your New Year Off Right – How I take what I learned about 2012 and carry it over to 2013!
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