Updated: Dec 13, 2019
I love this time of year. No, not the cold and the crowds of people frantically shopping for Christmas. Not even mulled wine and mince pies.
No, what I love is to go into the holiday season and look back over the year.
TV programmes on what was in the news. Radio programmes with all the hits of the previous year. Newspaper articles looking back on the ‘year that was’. Long lists of 'books of the year' I love them all!
Now, I’ll own up to being the world’s biggest geek when it comes to planning. The truth is: I love a good plan. I can’t live without to-do lists and will jump on any opportunity to have a thorough review of what went well, what didn’t go so well and what I plan to do in the future.
Imagine my joy when I found out that there is such a thing as a personal annual review!
So, what is a personal annual review? It is your opportunity to check in with yourself, look back on what went well and what didn’t go so well. Reflection time to go over the goals you set yourself at the beginning of the year and to start listing what you want to achieve next year.
Doing an annual review will provide you with a number of advantages:
Reflect on what went well and what didn’t go so well.
At the beginning of each year you have the best plans. And then life happens … Plans get derailed. Priorities are no longer priorities. Circumstances change. You decide that what you wanted to achieve this year is no longer important. Or not achievable. Or other goals have come up that have taken top spot. If you reflect at the end of the year you will be able to learn from your experience and get better at setting goals and achieving them.
Celebrate your achievements
I am guilty of forgetting to look back on my achievements. I barely take time to cross off my achievements from my to-do list before I move on to the next thing. But any person having worked in change will tell you that it’s important to celebrate successes. Taking time to look back at what you have achieved over the year may give you a pleasant surprise, and provide you with all the encouragement you need to set you up for next year!
Plan next year’s goals.
Planning goals for next year is an energising activity. An opportunity to look ahead and say out loud what it is that you want to achieve next year. And you don’t have to restrict it to just your career either! What about goals for your health? How often do you want to see your family and friends? How will you look after yourself, mentally, physically and spiritually?
So, what is my own personal annual review telling me?
For me, this year has all been about becoming a Certified Professional Coach, setting up my coaching business, whilst working a full-time job as a Business Change Manager.
And whilst I have achieved all of the above, I have found that working full-time, studying and setting up a coaching business is hard work and is taking up every spare moment I’ve got.
I’ve therefore made the decision that I will dedicate time working full-time in my coaching business. To give it the full attention it needs and to work with amazing women like yourself to get you the career you deserve!
Looking ahead to 2020 I’ve also set myself some personal goals
Healthy: Sitting at a computer is creating havoc with my back. So I’ve set myself the goal of doing more exercise in 2020. Now, those of you who know me have learned that I will always (always!) choose a book over exercise, so this is a really big thing for me. And no, no big goals (you will not see me running a marathon any time soon!), but yoga, daily back exercises and plenty of brisk walks to start with. Who knows, I might even start liking exercise!
Open: I love to work with people. I love to connect with people. So I’ve set myself the task of being open and connecting with as many of you as I can. Via LinkedIn and my blog. In person, via Zoom and in workshops (about which a bit more later on). And with friends and family by being more available and making active steps to see more of them.
Creative: Ever since I made the move to becoming a coach the floodgates have opened to all the ideas and initiatives that have been hiding in my brain! I want to harness as many of these ideas as possible and use them in my coaching business. And whilst you may know me - through these blogs - as a Coach, I am also a part-time portrait artist. In 2020 I want to dedicate at least one day a week to my creative work and show much more of that to the world.
Have you decided what 2020 is going to look like for you?
Have you set your (career) goals yet?
Why not do your own annual review and set yourself up to make steps to get you closer to the (working) life you want?
And to help you do that I might just have the ideal start to the year.
I plan to hold a Creative Career (and life) Visioning workshop in February 2020.
A creative workshop in which you will:
Get clear on what is really important to you in your life and your career
Understand what is unique about you and when you are at your absolute best
Consider how you can get more of that in your work and life in 2020
Use creative techniques to draw, paint and collage your way to a clear picture of what your ideal (working) life looks like - a visual reminder of what it is that you want to achieve
Connect with a group of creative women
Pre-register here now!