Career & Work Life Matters, ISSN 2150-6299, Vol 3, no. 22
|This issue is an invitation to take some time to review your year. Whether or not you began 2012 with setting goals, a lot has happened since then. Do you share the experiences of most people that “unplanned” events often have the biggest impact? Spending a bit of time looking at the “big picture” of 2012 will provide a springboard to decide what to prioritize for 2013.Download this worksheet to help you get started in 3 easy steps.|
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An Annual Report
It may feel like a waste of time to look back. Focusing on the the future often feels more exciting. But a review provides an opportunity to integrate this year’s experiences of work and life by seeing them in context. What did you learn? What do you want to do more or less of in the coming year? By taking time to create a simple personal annual report, you have the foundation you need to set your priorities for the coming year.
Inventory Events & Experiences
A lot can happen in a year. Unless you take the time to review, you may “forget” about some of the significant experiences of the year. Work and life are often unpredictable. What you planned and what happened may be very different. Begin by having a look through your calender and making a list of the most important experiences.
Don’t forget to include the experiences that you could never have predicted. Often these have the most impact on our lives. Examples might be people you met, new connections you made, new opportunities, and unexpected challenges.
Revisit any Goals
Did you set a goal at the beginning of the year to make change in a particular area of your life? What was the outcome? Have you lost sight of some your goals? If you achieved a goal, this is a chance to acknowledge that. If you didn’t, it’s an opportunity to take a step back and make an assessment. Goals that make sense at the beginning of the year may no longer be relevant as the year progresses. Did you make a decision to change focus, or did you drop a particular goal by default?
View the Year in Context
An overview of the year shifts to the big picture perspective needed to reflect on whether you are focusing on the things that are aligned with your values. The diagram below, sometimes described as the wheel of life, is one tool that is easy to apply to assess your experiences over the past year. In our busyness, it is easy to be swept along by the demands of everyday life without paying much attention to how daily choices are impacting priorities for our lives. Use this tool to consider what is working well for you, and what changes you want to consider. Download this worksheet to do your own assessment.
Questions & Comments
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