We just finished our annual review process here at Lifehacker. While the questions were pretty painless, I found myself almost banging my head on the desk trying to remember what I did best and what I did worst from the beginning of the year. Next time, I'll use a copy of the review form and fill it out throughout next year.
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This is similar to keeping a work accomplishments file (useful when interviewing for a new job or negotiating a raise), but more specifically to make the inevitable annual review process easier. Instead of trying to think back 12 months, you'll have a record of your performance and issues as they happened.
Looking at the questions often throughout the year could also be motivating — a reminder of your professional goals.