The time between Christmas and the New Year is one of my favorites. It feels fabulous to reflect back on the past year, clear out a little clutter, and begin planning for a brand new year!
Have you started thinking about it yet? If you don’t get started soon, January will have come and gone and you’ll be wondering where it went.
Here are 3 tools that will guide you through a relatively painless process. If it’s too time consuming for one setting break the exercise down into manageable chunks. Doing anything is better than doing nothing.
Year In Review
Start by looking back over the past year. Curt Rosengren over at the Occupational Adventure is writing a series on how to review your past year. Start with his article titled Year In Review Questions – Building A Foundation For 2007. Then follow the rest of his articles to complete the process. They’re all listed on the right column of his blog.
Rate Your Satisfaction
Now that you’ve looked back, how do you feel about it? It’s helpful to create a visual image that measures your satisfaction. One of my favorite tools for measuring satisfaction is called the Wheel Of Life. Norm Shrewsbury over at The Path Of Happiness has a tool called Life Balance Sphere. Complete the Life Balance Sphere and print your results.
Set Your Goals & Write Them Down
This last tool is one of my all time favorites created by the great Fred Nickols. If you do nothing else, use Fred’s Goals Grid to get clear about 2007.
Special Note: The Goals Grid was created and a strategic planning tool for organizations, but don’t let that stop you from using it for your life and/or career goals. It’s a little bit hard to find on the website, so follow these instructions.
- Go to Fred’s site
- Click on “Articles” (top left side)
- Click on the “Work & Management” link
- Scroll down to the “Goals Grid Job Aid”
- Print it off, follow the instructions, and get to work
There you go! 3 great tools that will get you in gear for the new year!
If you get stuck or you need help, I’m only a phone call or email away!