It’s hard to believe but 2014 is coming to an end and 2015 is right around the corner. With just over a month left in the year, now is the perfect time to reflect back on what you’ve accomplished, what you were proud of and what you wished you did differently. You can also take this time to look ahead and start thinking about what you want to do in the coming year.
What have you accomplished?
Remember those New Year’s resolutions you made for 2014? Pull them back out and take a look. Which ones did you accomplish? Give yourself a pat on the back for sticking it through. The vast majority of people who set goals for the year quickly forget about them. Don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments and the milestones you reached. Keeping a positive attitude and finding motivation is a huge part of productivity and success.
Where did you fall short?
Success also comes with the inevitable shortcomings. We often like to sweep these under the rug and pretend they never happened, but if we always did that we would never move forward. Take your failures as a learning experience. Dissect what went wrong so that you don’t repeat them twice. It’s only a failure if you take nothing away from it.
What did you learn?
Think about what you learned from this past year—both from your successes and your failures How did you improve yourself because of it? There are key takeaways from each of your projects that can help you improve your efficiency and skill set. Even if you succeeded, think about what you could’ve done differently. There can be more than one way to do something. Also, don’t forget to solicit feedback from others. Another perspective can be refreshing and eye opening.
What do you want to accomplish next year?
Now that you’ve thought about everything that you’ve done this past year and analyzed it, start to build your plan for next year. Build off of what you’ve already accomplished in 2014 and make your goals for 2015. As always, make your goals challenging. Don’t let yourself off easy. You want to strive for more than you think you can accomplish. You might just surprise yourself.