Moving forward often requires us to take a look back at where we've been. The end of the year is as good a time as any for this review of your accomplishments and progress. Photo by Gwenn Seemel.
Fast Company suggests six steps to doing the self-review. (For a more in-depth professional review, see our guide on the subject.) I particularly like the suggestion to do a brain dump:
Take time to write out every major event from the past year, suggests [management consultant Lori] Scherwin. Bucket those into categories, such as projects, presentations, leadership, teamwork, compensation, and personal growth.
To ensure you captured everything, go back through calendars, meeting notes, and reports to find anything you might have missed, suggests human resources consultant Lisa Phalen.
And be sure to include life accomplishments, adds Scherwin: "Business success and life success are interchangeable," she says. "Happiness in one area has a trickle effect."
Think of it as your own personal highlights reel for the year.
Why You Should Give Yourself a Year-End Review [Fast Company]