Whilst the immediate temptation may be to jump into future planning we actually need to start in 2016. By reviewing and reflecting we can ensure that the year is not wasted and you don't have to repeat the lessons learnt through the year. As ever this exercise takes the form of journaling, using a series of simple questions, to dig a level deeper. I have lifted some of these questions from a Tim Ferriss podcast on the subject which I suggest you listen to in order to gain most value. I recommend you then pour a coffee, grab your 2016 diary, find a quiet spot and jot down your thoughts on the following:
- What things, achieved in 2016, am I most proud of?
- What things, done in 2016, am I least proud of?
- Which 20% activities from 2016 produced 80% of my positive emotions?
- Which 20% of actvities from 2016 produced 80% of my negative emotions?
- Which activites took me closer to the person/place I want to be?
- Which activities took me away from the person/place I want to be?
- Which people improved my 2016?
- Which people worsened my 2016?
Each of these questions is forcing you to consider your 2016 activites in black and white. Which had the most positive impact and which had the most negative? You can then turn to your 2017 schedule and ensure you are planning more of the positive and less of the negative.
We can then move on to the year ahead and discuss a strategy to ensure your goals are reached in part 2..