December is an ideal time to plan for the year to come. A friend of mine recently shared her theme for the year as “2020: the year of vision and clarity.” I love the clever wordplay and clarity is a crucial way to shape our plans regardless of the year.
If you’ve made New Year’s resolutions in the past and had trouble lasting through the first month or even first week, it’s time to try something new.
The top reasons why so many people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions are:
1) they don’t have a clear plan of action
2) they don’t assess their progress
When a colleague introduced me to the Annual Review almost a decade ago, it immediately made sense to me. Chris Guillebeau, entrepreneur and author of The Art of Non-Conformity, addresses these challenges in his Annual Review. While it sounds like a retrospective of what you’ve accomplished this year, this resource facilitates planning for success with clear and actionable steps.
A summary of the steps to complete your Annual Review:
1) Make a list of what went well and what did not go well
2) Choose categories to focus your plans on such as Business, Friends/Family, Health and Service
3) Identify “Actions Required for Each Goal”
4) Plan for monthly and quarterly assessments of your progress and add them to your calendar
5) Optional: Choose a theme for year
7) Optional: Metrics you want to track such as Income, Charitable Giving, Number of books read, Number of new cities visited etc.
For a spreadsheet and more details on how to make use of this framework, read Guillebeau’s original post:
If this sounds like a lot of work, it is! I am setting aside a few blocks of time to complete this process in late December. This is an investment of time that will provide great returns by helping you more successfully complete your personal and professional goals. Having an accountability partner can help. Reach out to someone in your inner circle and invite them to complete their own Annual Review.
If you’d like support in completing your first Annual Review, message me on the Optima Results Coaching Facebook page!
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