Before you turn on your out of office and pop the cork on that champagne that’s been sitting under your desk, let’s do a bit of personal housekeeping that you’ll thank yourself for later.
I promise you. Twenty minutes of reflection now could be the difference between a stellar 2022 or a rerun of 2021 – heaven forbid!
Using a pen and paper, here’s some reflection points that are worth considering:
- What were your biggest achievements this year? Let’s list them. Targets hit. Projects delivered. Team goals crushed. List them along with a bit of detail around the results and your role. You’ll need these when looking at your next opportunity – and they’re easy to forget once you rush into the new year.
- What did you learn about yourself this year? Skipped taking holidays and totally crashed? That’s a hand up from me. Learnt that you can actually be technical when needed? Discovered you can manage people? Document these lessons and start changing the narrative you tell yourself – and others.
- What was the scariest moment you conquered this year? I mean, what really scared the frick out of you. Stressed you. Kept you up at night. But you ultimately conquered. There has to be at least one moment that stands out for you. Take a moment to bask in the glory of this achievement and then use it as a reminder to go even scarier next year.
- If you had to do 2021 again, what would you change? What would you keep? I’m not wishing this on anyone – just go with me. Mistakes are useless if they don’t become lessons. Let’s put it all on the table and not stumble over the same garbage next year. And while we’re there, hold onto the things that really worked for you. These could be new habits. New relationships. New focus areas.
I know it sounds fluffy but if you spend 2021 documenting it and keeping it while raw, this will become invaluable for next year – and the years after. And hey, crack that champagne while you’re doing it if it helps. I’d love to hear how you go.
Note: This is all retrospective. We haven’t made any commitments to next year. I mean, why would we do it now when there’s parties to attend and sleep to catch up on. However, doing these retrospective activities will make goal setting in the new year much easier! That’s a post for another day.
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