“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” — Melody Beattie
At the end of each year, I like to reflect on what I learned through a simple process of Year End Reflection from Agile Results.
Whether you want to call it your year in review, your year-end review, your Year End Reflection the goal is the same.
It’s how I put a bow on the last year, learn from the lessons, and carry the good forward.
It’s also a very different vantage point than looking back on a day, a week, a month, or a quarter.
Year End Reflection is a way to see the forest for the trees and really see the recurring patterns and the highlight.
And it’s a deeper way to practice gratitude by being grateful for the good, the bad, the ugly, and how I can use it to grow better.
How I Practice Year End Reflection
My process for year-end reflection is pretty simple and I shared it in my book, Getting Results the Agile Way long ago.
I basically ask 3 key questions:
- What are 3 things that went well? (What are the 3 highlights?)
- What are 3 things to change or improve? (What did I learn from any lowlights or challenges?)
- What are 3 Wins you want to achieve this year? (What’s my bold ambition big dream for this year?)
Keep in mind, there is a lot more I often do, but I think those questions get to the heart of things pretty well.
Example of Year End Reflection
Here’s a simple example of a Year End Reflection using the Agile Results process:
- Highlights of the Year:
- Achievement 1: Successfully led and completed a major project ahead of schedule.
- Achievement 2: Improved team communication and collaboration, resulting in a more positive work environment.
- Achievement 3: Achieved a significant personal goal (e.g., learning a new skill, improving health).
- Areas for Improvement:
- Challenge 1: Need to manage time more efficiently to avoid last-minute rushes.
- Challenge 2: Improve delegation skills to empower team members more effectively.
- Challenge 3: Enhance work-life balance to ensure sustained productivity and well-being.
- Goals for the Next Year:
- Win 1: Lead a new innovative project that pushes boundaries.
- Win 2: Mentor a team member towards a leadership role.
- Win 3: Pursue advanced professional training or certification.
This format helps you reflect on past achievements, identify improvement areas, and set ambitious, actionable goals for the upcoming year.
Year End Reflection is Your Friend for Life
As another year closes, it’s vital to reflect, learn, and plan with purpose.
Using Agile Results’ Year End Reflection, focus on three key questions to review your year: identify highlights, areas for growth, and set bold goals for the next year.
This method, beyond your daily or monthly reflections, offers you a broader view to recognize patterns and express gratitude for all your experiences.
By examining your past achievements and challenges, and setting clear, actionable goals, you position yourself for a meaningful and impactful new year.
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