This post originally appeared on John’s blog at johndregan.info
So how was your 2014?
Have you ever taken time to think deeply about how your year went? It’s something that I was encouraged to do about 4 years ago, and now it’s a vital piece of my growth and perspective each year.
Doing a yearly review and goal setting for the next is critical to me keeping focus and putting the most important things in my life in priority view.
I’d like to share my process and encourage you to give it a try this year.
- Pick a block of time when you’re at your sharpest (early, late, over coffee, whenever you feel at your mental best).
- Print out your calendar from 2014 and grab a copy of your journal (if you keep one).
- Have a clean piece of paper or notebook at hand (leave the electronic tools aside, they tend to lead to distraction rather than focus).
- Split the page down the middle vertically and write good at the top of one side and bad on the other.
- Look at each month individually and recall what happened that month.
- Write down what you see jumping out at your as you look at your calendar and journal. If you don’t have a journal (now’s a good time to start one), just let your mind wander through each month and remember what happened.
- Once you’re done with the year, look back at your lists of good and bad. Be thankful for the good, grieve the bad and then close the year. Take the paper, wad or shred it up and throw it away.
Take a 5 minute break, have a stimulating drink of choice and then grab a new piece of paper.
- If you could accomplish just three things in 2015 that you know would make a positive impact in your life, what would they be? Wildly important, life changing, dream type goals are what you’re looking for here. Give your 2015 a reason to be great!
- Write these goals down, with spaces between each for notes later.
- Why would accomplishing these goals make your 2015 better? Write down the why under each goal. Knowing your why will make it easier to stay on task in June when things are getting hectic (or late January depending on how busy your are).
- Write out a list of the next little step you could take to make the goal happen. It might be a phone call, schedule a meeting, do a google search, etc.
- When you get that one task done, write out the next action step you must take.
- Repeat until you’re done with the goal!
I hope that you’ve had a great 2014 and are looking forward to your 2015! If you ever need an encouragement or challenge, please drop me a line. I’d love to help you move forward and leave average behind!