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Review and plan, it is the season to…

door | 22 december 2016 | Articles

The holiday season is upon us.  It is the season to review and plan! Yes, don’t get swamped with chores that have you run from shop to shop to get groceries or presents. Spend you time wisely, shop online like I do; and spend the extra time on yourself.

Turn off your phone, place a “do not disturb sign” on your office door.  It’s time to review and plan! Ask yourself at least these questions:

  • What made 2016 such a memorable year?
  • Did I set any goals for myself at the beginning of the year and did I complete these?
  • What went well?
  • What didn’t go well?
  • How do I rate my personal contribution to progressing these goals?
  • What will I do in 2017?

Don’t stop here, go deeper and find out about yourself.  Did you stay near your comfort-zone; and had an easy year? Or, where your goals too ‘far out there’? It is important to keep asking yourself more and more questions.  Don’t settle for circumstantial reasons but dare to dig a bit deeper with each question.  Is there something to learn? How can you do things better in the future?

“Success or failure in business is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacities.”
– Walter Scott

My review of 2016

What made my 2016 so memorable? My two girls! 2016 played out mostly as I expected.  My primary goal (and theme of the year) was to be a present and loving mother to my twin girls born in 2015. I put my business goals on a lower priority as soon as I discovered how much time I wanted to spend away from them… as little as possible.

What went well?

I learned to make decisions, the right kind that let me focus on my goal, congruent with my values. The most important part of it, I learned to both make and stick with decisions without second guessing myself. What didn’t go so well? My fitness and physical shape (yes, some extra pounds). Also, I didn’t get to see my best friend as often as I’d like. Luckily, she’s very forgiving and our friendship is rock solid.

How do I rate my own contribution? At a 85%. I was laser focused at my ‘mother-goal’, which was good; but, I lost sight of some other areas in my life. Time to read, to think and to reflect were scarce, and was something I shouldn’t have compromised on.

As 2017 approaches, my girls are now about 13-months old; and most nights we tend to have more time on our hands; therefore,  my goals for 2017 will include some ambitious business goals.

Review and plan your year!

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

– Jim Rohn

My plans for 2017

To start my planning, I completed a ‘life assessment’, where I reviewed all facets of my life. This included things like ‘health & fitness’, ‘spiritual’, ‘family’, ‘finance’ and so on. I rated everything between 1 and 10, for where I am now, and where I want to be. The biggest gaps are the issues I want to focus on. For 2017 I’ve picked ‘health & fitness’, ‘finance’ and ‘business’, to accompany my previously set goal for ‘family’.

I do crossfit, so I set some goals in the weightlifting category.  In addition to this, I’ve set a goal for ‘body weight’ to make my plans for cycling next year that little bit easier. My ‘financial’ and ‘business goals’ link together in one big elaborate plan: to realize the “better journaling app”. I have made the decision to start with an offline version, to continue with an app and then progress toward the overarching websites/apps in 2018.

Set and plan your goals

Everyone that ever executed ideas and goals successfully will tell you to make your goals concrete and not too big.  Break them down into acceptable, easy chunks and set milestones for yourself. Set dates and specify what you will have done by that date. Then keep the milestones with you throughout the year to review every week, to see if you are still on course. It is nice to have a list of goals; however, it’s better to have a detailed plan and determined attitude to get it done!

Choose a theme for your year

Chris Guillebeau also advices to give your year a theme.  My theme is “the big challenge”-year. You may have read about my “1 year challenge“.  It’s a bit bigger than planning a big goal for the year. It is the one big project that I’ve always wanted to do and 2017 will be there year where I’ll get there.  The launch date is January 5th 2018, when I will share with you, in detail, what 2017 has brought me; what I have realized; and, how I did it. As you have read above, I will be slimmer, stronger and packed with all sorts of tooling to share with you!

Thanks for reading.  You are awesome! I hope you know that!