Many people wouldn’t leave on a week-long journey without an itinerary. Yet we launch into a whole year of life without a plan. Review your year to see how far you’ve come, then set your goals for next year.
Year in review
Write down how you’ve done in the following areas, in no particular order. This is a form of gratitude journalling, except that you’re doing it for the whole year and not just for one day.
The following are samples for you to start with, but feel free to use your own words and write as much as you want.
“Stayed in the same work for 8 years, and am still enjoying it and working harder than ever before. This is quite an accomplishment for me since I usually get bored and move on after 3 years or so.”
“Went on vacation at a beach resort with the whole family. It was fun and allowed us to create some happy memories for keeping.”
“Got my cashflow under better control by implementing a cash only weekly budget. This made a tremendous impact on my bank balance. Next I need to learn to invest my savings wisely.”
“Managed to remember friends’ birthdays. Using Google calendar makes this easy for me and makes them feel good.”
“Jogged everyday for a period of a few months as a shortcut to achieving 10,000 steps a day. Still 6kg away from my target weight though, so this is one area I need to work on next year.”
“Read a book a week most of the year, except for a couple of months when I tried to plough through an academic text.”
“At peace with the world largely, but still not able to let go of expectations as I would like to be. Another area to work on next year.”
Review your year to choose 3 focus areas
Your review of your year helps to identify areas that you’re pleased with. It also highlights areas that you want to work on a bit more.
Based on the above, the 3 areas to focus on would be finances, health, and spiritual. Now that you’ve chosen what to work on, continue to set SMART goals for each.
If you’re serious about achieving your goals, try this Passion Planner. The first time I used it, I had the most productive year up to that point. I’ve continued the habit of serious goal planning every year.