How I Conduct My Own Annual Review
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
I used to, but I found that — like many people — I would completely forget about them way before the end of January. I felt pretty smug and accomplished while writing the list — look at all the things I would do! — but nothing ever got done.
About 10 years ago, I started doing things differently. Rather than just make some random list of things I’d like to do or thought I should do, I started considering what was actually important to me — and why.
What [did I say] were my priorities and what was I actually doing? More importantly, were those things aligned? Was I actually doing things that supported what I said I wanted out of life? Was how I spent my time even in the ballpark of the life I said I wanted?
It was these kinds of questions that led me to consider a different approach, and that’s when I started doing different versions of a personal annual review. Sometimes I did this towards the end of the calendar year, in the holiday season; other times (often, actually) I did it around my birthday in the spring.
This actually has become one of my favorite personal traditions — to spend time alone at my birthday evaluating how the last year went and what I want in the next one.
As the holidays approach, I’m settling in with my review once again. However, this year after having earned my certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I put the two together and actually documented and templated this entire process.
It starts with a look back over the previous twelve months, by month. Next, I review the last year through the lens of Primary Food. What changes happened in my career? Where are my finances now compared to a year ago? Do I cook at home more or less? How often do I get out and move? Finally, I make note of my biggest challenges and proudest accomplishments.
It’s through this self-reflective lens that I can really see where I’m at now and honestly consider where I want to be in the next year. And this year, you can do it with me!
This year, I created a Year in Review workbook for all of us who want to get grounded and honest as we head into 2019. I’m going to spend some dedicated time going through this workbook, journaling my lessons learned, listing my proudest accomplishments, and taking the time to remember what the hell I even did back in April (besides see Hamilton!). And to be honest, I am SO excited to do this.
This is a workbook, a guided journal, and is 27 pages full of inspiration, writing prompts, and a complete breakout of your last year by month and by category of Primary Food (that’s finances, health, career, creativity, and more). I’ll guide you through the process of identifying the highlights and low points in the last year so that you can align your intentions for the next year knowing where you are and where you’re coming from.
Time goes by SO fast and this stop-and-smell-the-guided-journaling approach for me helps me pause for a minute, reflect on, and appreciate everything that happened in the past year, before the next one comes and goes all over again.
I’ll be sharing my own reflection and through this process, and I’d love for you to join me! The workbook is available here, kicking off a collection of resources that I can’t wait to just stock UP for you in the next year. Grab the workbook (and a cup of coffee), get cozy, and let’s do this!
From now through the end of November, the workbook is discounted at 40% off. After the end of the year, I’ll strip the ‘2018’ off of it and it’ll be available all the time (!!) for anyone who wants to take a reflective look at their previous 12 months, regardless of the time of year (again, I love doing reviews around my birthday!). The next time it will be discounted will be May 2019, so snag one now if you want to change the way you consider New Year’s Resolutions and your personal goals.
What are you waiting for? Let’s do this!