BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ! Here is the very last blog post for 2017! In the last blog post I shared about my 2018 set-up, I was telling you how the end of th year usually don’t affect me that much. Changing years is just like changing months for me… Actually, I tend to think that changes can be made every day and every minute.
Even though the new year is not the only time we should make plans, it’s definitely a good time to reflect and plan new goals if you needed an excuse to do so. Today, I’m sharing some thoughts about how to do a year review and set up goals through 3 simple ways to reflect. Here we go for the very last post for this year!
Why should you have a end of the year review?
Reflect on yourself
The first goal of a end of year review can be to take some time to reflect on yourself. The opportunities to reflect on ourselves are very few when we get caught up in life… And so we usually don’t make time to think about our strengths and weaknesses, our values and desires. Sitting for a few hours to do a year review is just the perfect time to also reflect on yourself with honesty (and I meant honesty, not harshness… self-flagellation doesn’t count).
Reflect on what you’ve achieved
Small steps or great achievements, I think it’s really important to make a review of what we’ve done and e can be proud of. It can be something you learned, something yous started, a new habit you made… It’s also the perfect opportunity to look over your goals if you had some (I must confess I didn’t) and to measure progress.
3 spreads to conduct a end of year review
I would be a total liar if I was saying that I’m following a super detailed process to set up my goals. But I try to rely on some reflection tools to help me with my end of year review and to make sure I don’t go in all different directions in the process (or just stare at a blank sheet, not knowing where to start).
1/ Reverse bucket list
Creating a reverse bucket list is quite easy: instead of making a list of things you’d like to achieve some day, you just create a list of things you already achieved. It can seem a pointless when explained like that, but it was actually as hard as useful to make one for me.
It was hard because I’m always seeing the glass half empty and, as any perfectionist I think, I usually remember what got wrong. So making a list of things I did and that I can be proud of is certainly not the easiest thing to do for me. But pushing myself to make this list anyway was very positive in the end: it forced me to acknowledge that I have made progress and achieved a lot the past 12 months.
My 2017 reverse bucket list. I’m especially proud of my first solo travel to Edinburgh in September,
and the travel journal I created to document this adventure.
Making this made me realise how much happened in 2017 as the list was growing… Even though 2017 hasn’t been an easy year, I think it was a pretty good one in the end.
2/ Present participle list
This one is more a memory tool than a review one actually. So it may not be the more “functional” one, but I’m convinced it does help to keep a place for the little things that I’ll be happy to remember in a few months from now.
Nothing fancy here: you make a list of present participle and you relate a memory to it. A lot of bullet journal users do this as a monthly review (some examples here and there on Instagram), but it works for a year review as well.
I picked 10 verbs to create this 2017 end of year review: reading, watching, listening, doing, learning, going, discovering, starting, finishing and meeting. To help me build that list, I flipped through my 2017 journals in order to refresh my memory. You can also browse your social media if you’re having a hard time to remember anything.
3/ Follow the Boho Berry Challenge prompts
Just a few words about how the challenge works: it’s a monthly challenge with one prompt for each day. The goal is to share one post per day, following the prompts. The December’s challenge prompts are just what I needed in addition to the 2 other spreads to reflect and think of new goals for 2018.
The 31 prompts of the December Boho Berry challenge in my beloved Leuchtturm notebook.
Of course, sharing on social medias is not mandatory! But the overall process suggested by Kara is perfect if you need something more structured for your end of year review. I personally didn’t take part of the challenge itself but took inspiration to reflect on the past 12 months and refine my goals (both personal and professional ones) for next year.
If you don’t want to go through all the prompts, you can of course pick among them. But I think it’s important to take them in the order provided to smoothly make the transition from the review part to the goal setting one.
From review to goals
Having a year review is very helpfull to acknowledge achievements and progress, but the aim of it is also to identify improvement targets and set up goals accordingly for the year ahead of you.
I don’t believe that resolutions can last more than one month. I do think however that setting goals that are achievable and measurable is really helpfull to stay motivated in the long run. So for 2018, I set 3 goals that are business/professional related and 3 goals on the personal side. Some of these goals follow things that I started in 2017, some of them are meant to fix weaknesses and bad habits I’ve been building over the years.
My main goal in 2018? Conquer the world! To help me do that, I’ll rely on my bullet journal
and (maybe) on the Projects Notebook by 23h59 editions.
Doing a end of year review is not just about memories: it’s also a good time to start thinking about the goals you want to pursue, if not for the next 12 months, at least for the first quarter of 2018.
I have to confess that before I did my 2017 year review, I didn’t realise how much happened. The past 12 months have been going by so quickly that I guess I just didn’t take the time to acknowledge that. Even though I didn’t reach all of the goals I set along the year, 2017 is definitely not a failure!
I hope you’ll take some time to review your year in the next few days (let’s pretend I’m not late about this post) and I’ll see you on the other side of the year! Happy planning!
– Leuchtturm 1917: Medium, softcover, dotted
– Erasable Muji pen (0,4)
– Traveler’s Notebook de Paper Republic (modèle Grand Voyageur XL)
– Carnets de Projets par 23h59 éditions
– Muji pencil and ruler
– PaperMate Flair M, black
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