The first step for my yearly Annual Review is to write down successes and failures for the year. Failure means I didn’t achieve a goal like running 13 races in 2013. Failure can also mean that I completed something that had a negative impact on my life like becoming a Girl Scout leader.
I like to spend a day or 2 on this exercise for the Annual Review. My goal is to hit the highlights of the year. Sometimes I need to set aside the questions and let my brain think about them while I’m doing other things. As I write each item down, I write a few notes about why it worked or didn’t work. These notes help me with the next steps for the Annual Review: Theme(s) and
Reviewing your successes and failures is an invaluable tool for being intentional in your life. If you want to change something, you need to spend time studying it. You need to understand how it impacts your life on an emotional level as well as a practical level.
If you see yourself as a failure at something, you’ll always hear that message when you try to change the habit. Taking an objective look at something can help us shift our attitude. Ultimately, we can change something when we have a realistic positive outlook and attitude.
To help you do this exercise, I created a Annual Review printable. I hope you get as much out of the questions as I did.
What Went Well This Year?
- Improving my photography skills by studying other people’s work
- Being better organized as a blogger. Spreadsheets have become my friend.
- Better conversations with my husband. Sometimes I feel like the improvement in communication is so slow until I look back over a year’s time and see how far we’ve come.
- Setting aside time to craft with the kids this fall. We’ve had lots of fun with the new Rainbow Loom.
- Delegating more chores to the kids and improving my morning and afternoon checklists for the kids.
- Creating a fitness journal to track my workouts and daily steps. I don’t need to remember what I have to do each day to stay healthy; it’s all there on the journal page. I can also see if I haven’t been doing my workouts.
- Using my daily planners this fall. Even though I love my technology, ultimately I need a paper planner for jotting notes and lists.
What Didn’t Work Well This Year?
- I’m not sure that becoming a Girl Scout leader has gone as well as I would have liked. I gave up a lot of volunteering at my children’s school to make more time for Girl Scouts. I really miss being at school.
- Running – This was the year of 3 injuries that made it difficult to achieve my goal of 13 races in 2013. I only made it to 6 races.
- The injuries didn’t help my weight. I gained about 8 lbs. each time I got injured.
- Our vegetable garden. We simply don’t have the time for the large vegetable garden we used to have.
- Falling off the menu planning wagon.
- Enrolling my youngest son in the preschool at my children’s school. The preschool and teacher were not a good fit for him. I can still see how affected he was by the experience.