Spend a few hours with a notebook in a place you feel safe and comfortable. It might help to get yourself in the right mood by doing some mediation or taking a walk beforehand. I like to spend a few days leading up to this at the end of the year, getting mentally in the zone for what the next year might hold. I like to look back on the previous year with a healthy perspective, not one of negative criticism.
This is what I usually include in my Year in Review document. I have started keeping this since 2015 and it is nice to look back on these each year to see how much I have accomplished.
Start by taking out a notebook and making some lists. Then once you have some short lists. Start writing free-form on the last few topics with a goal of 1-2 pages. This is so that you can jog your memory prior to the free form writing in case you might come up blank.
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Short lists prior to free-form:
- Big Accomplishments
- Things grateful for
- People who have helped you progress
- Areas for improvement
- Personal development skills focused on
- Books read
Free-form writing of 1-2 pages:
- What things happened?
- What path did I walk?
- Did I meet potential?
- Did I grow as an individual?
- Did I define my designed future?
- Where do I want to be?
- What do I want to accomplish so I can look back and say I had a tremendous year?