In our experience the last few weeks of the year are a great time to reflect on the past 12 months, take stock of everything that’s happened and plan for the year ahead. Below are some tips on how to make the most of the quieter pre-holiday time.
What went well?
This is a very simple question that we often forget to ask ourselves but it’s important to recognise and celebrate all the good things that happened over the past year. We get caught up in all the things we want to change and ignore what we have already achieved. Remembering and celebrating all the great things that have happened over the course of the year can help you feel motivated and positive about the future.
What did we learn?
Every experience you’ve had over the past year – regardless of the outcome – will have taught you something. This stretches beyond the technical skills you may have developed e.g. learning how to use a new project management system. Did you encounter a situation that required you to use your resourcefulness or did you have to build a trusting relationship while working with someone? All those are integral and transferable skills which can help you grow in your professional and personal lives.
What can we do better?
When it comes to self-reflection, more than often we feel pressured to leave all our self-limiting behaviours and bad habits behind without a second thought. For many of us, the start of a new year symbolises a fresh beginning where we will be rid of all the behaviours that have been holding us back. However, it’s easier to think of it as work in progress. We don’t need to discard ways of doing things in one go, we can take time to think how to do it better and at a rhythm that suits us best.
Avoid unpleasant surprises
Sometimes things hit us out of the blue but often, when looking back, you can recognise that there may have been signs you ignored because you were focusing on other things. Take a step back and think about a situation where the outcome would have been completely different if you had been paying attention to the warning signs. Keeping an open mind and being more attuned to your environment can help you be prepared for things that are just around the corner.
The end of the calendar year is a great time to set goals for the new year but you cannot move forward unless you understand how you got to where you are so spending some time reflecting on the past can help you prepare for all the great things that lie ahead!