Now that the fog of Christmas and New Year has lifted and we’re all back at work, it’s a good time to take a moment to pause and reflect on the year that we leave behind us. They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, so we can use our past year to make the upcoming one even better.
What went well?
Let’s start on a positive note by looking back at your successes of 2017. Remember what went well for you, whether that’s personally or professionally. Just remembering these successes is good motivation to get going in 2018. It can also help you to replicate those successes in the months to come. Think about why those things went so well; what did you do to achieve your goals? Understanding the circumstances of your success can help you make even more successes happen this year.
And what didn’t?
At the other end of the scale, what didn’t go so well for you in 2017? Think about the challenges you faced, the hurdles you fell at, and the failures you met. Just like your successes, examining these failures can help you understand how to avoid them or handle them better in the year to come.
How did you spend your time?
We all want to make the most of our time and spend it in enjoyable and productive ways. Thinking back to 2017, what did you enjoy spending your time on? What pursuits or activities proved worthwhile? And, what do you feel you wasted time doing? These questions can help you manage your time better in 2018 and spend it doing more of what you want to do, what helps you improve yourself, and what makes you more successful.
So, before you go full-steam ahead with your New Year’s resolutions, stop to reflect on 2017 and think about what it taught you. Share your thoughts in the comments below about what you learnt in the past year. Get in touch to figure out how to make the most of your learnings from 2017.