2014 In Review: Looking Back to Plan Ahead

599105_10100720661575239_1977991898_nWith the arrival of each new year we find ourselves at the juncture of past and future. We tend to focus more on the future, submitting annual budgets and selecting our vacation weeks, but setting aside time to reflect on the year past and what we learned from it can make all the difference in both our professional and personal lives.

Reflection frees up your mind to explore the “coulda, woulda, shoulda’s”, and allows you to apply meaning to the important milestones that occurred throughout the course of the year. This January, challenge yourself to schedule time with yourself and reflect on these four simple questions:

  1. What did I do last year that I should do MORE of this year?
  2. What did I do last year that I should do LESS of this year?
  3. What did I not do last year that I need to START doing this year?
  4. What did I do last year that I need to STOP doing this year?

Write down your thoughts in a journal or notepad. From there, schedule one hour a month on your calendar to review your new year reflections and hold yourself accountable to the goals you set in January. This small commitment has the potential to reap huge benefits in your year. Happy reflecting!

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