I was umming and arring about writing this one but I felt it would or could be a useful follow up from my post ‘Goodbye 2018…hello future’ where I touch on how I put my year to bed.
I have been refining my business strategy and if I’m honest with you (as I always am) I felt like this post was one that just went a little too ‘with’ the crowd. Samey and honestly a bit boring.
So why write it?
Because it’s always been an important element of my progress and I believe it could be valuable to yours too. A year in review is a chance to say that sucked but I’m past it; that was awesome and I want to do it again and I learned.
It’s also a great way to appreciate exactly where you’re at and how far you have come. You’ll see a lot of that about over the next few days over social media, in your inboxes and just as people chat as the year draws to a close and you know what, in that respect I’m no different.
Why is it valuable? Because it allows closure, acceptance and a kind of refocusing.
So, what do I ask myself in my ‘year in review’
This is (in bullet points) how I have done this for the past 7 years or so:
- A paragraph or two about the year I have just had (stream of consciousness style) just write a little something and don’t overthink it.
- A sentence on what was really crap about the year
- A sentence on what was amazing
- A sentence on what new thing I learned
- What quality in myself I was most disappointed in
- What quality in myself I was most proud of
- What wonderful thing/concept/relationship do I want to carry through into the year to come
- What is it OK to say goodbye to from the year
- What one word could sum up the year
- A paragraph or two about the year to come (stream of consciousness style) just write a little something and don’t overthink it.
Sharing this with you is a little like sharing a part of my diary and yes, there is a large chunk of my extremely personal, personal life that I won’t detail on here (I put anything to do with my health, relationships including sex on here). For the purposes of this post I will limit it to business BUT it works amazingly well for personal too and if this is your kind of thing I would urge you to incorporate the personal as well.
The Amy Johnson – A year in review 2018
About the year I have just had
This year went from frustrated to fretting to fulfilling. It has been one of ups and downs and I can safely say that I feel more satisfied with myself and my life than I have done in such a long time and it all stems from taking a leap of faith and starting a business. It’s been a great year of learning on all levels and I feel really good.
What was really crap about the year
I was super frustrated with my mind set at some stages this year and the actions that I took (or didn’t) that were a result of this mind-set.
What was amazing about 2018
Setting up my business and seeing it go from strength to strength.
What new thing did I learn
Strategy! I have always had a good idea of what I wanted but I have learned some new techniques to draft, collate and then implement a successful strategy. If you want to know more about strategy then this amazing coach Lisa Johnson has plenty of tips and tricks to help you too!
What quality in myself was I most disappointed in
Putting myself on the back-burner. This manifested in focusing on working on other peoples businesses 95% of the time but not practising what I preach and ALSO dedicating time to working ON mine as well.
What quality in myself was I most proud of
My action taking. I have always practised being an over-thinker and this year I made the decision to practise ‘taking action’ in a strike while the iron is hot mentality. Time-blocking was utterly necessary (I’ve written a few posts about it, one is here if you want to check it out!)
What do I want to carry through into the year to come
Definitely the action taking! It has been imperative to any level of personal and professional success.
What is it OK to say goodbye to from the year
Negative self-talk. I don’t thrive under self-criticism and there is no place for it in a high level business.
What one word could sum up the year
About the year to come
2018 has stood me in good stead going into 2019. It’s a time to build and scale and focus on forward momentum. Visibility, strategy and implementation are key. Success is a state of mind that is growing quite healthily in me and I can’t wait to see where it leads in the next 12 months!
Using this as my foundation for the year ahead I then sort my goals, plans and actions to take.
Personally, I do this in November so that my mind is right for the end of the year. I learned many moons ago that if I allow myself to be bombarded by the ‘new year new you’ advertising/spiel/social media posts. If I feel unorganised in this ^^ I can find it overwhelming and I suddenly start feeling that I lack in every way possible and it sucks the joy out of the season.
By doing it all in November, I simply feel ready and set for whatever comes next!
Have you done a year in review or something similar? I’d love to know what you do too!
Thanks for reading,