• Tara Humphrey

Review, Reflect and Get planning

A simple framework for employees and business owners to adopt before the end of the year

To build upon all the amazing work you have been doing over the past year and the lessons learnt (AKA as the things that didn’t go so well) before one year rolls in to another, I believe it’s really important to review, reflect and set goals for the forthcoming year, so without further ado here is our approach:

1. Acknowledge the things you have achieved and valuable lessons you have learnt.

• You can do this by yourself or as a team.

• You can use a flip chart paper, post-it notes or a simple notepad and pen.

• Keep it informal

• Ensure everyone’s voice is heard

• And it doesn’t matter if the achievements or things that didn't work well are seemly small. It all counts for us to learn from.

2. I know it’s tempting to keep everything but I believe in a tidy workspace can significantly aid your productivity.

If you are always struggling to find things, retitle electronic folders and get rid of or archive things you no longer need so you can start 2019 clutter free.

3. Get organised for the year ahead. For example:

• What projects are continuing?

• Can you start to schedule key meetings for the 1st quarter of next year?

• Is all of your project documentation up to date

• Do you have new team members coming on board and what is your part in this?

• Do you want to pursue any professional development? Has the chosen course or project been identified? If so, what is the time commitment, and do you need funds to support this or approval from your line manager?

4. Identify those who have supported you over the past year and reach out and say thank you. Not only will they really appreciate that you made the effort, but it will make you feel good too 😊

5. Set goals and plan for the year ahead. What is it that you want to achieve next year and what are you truly willing to do to make it happen?

I work with a business coach and my team to support me with my goal planning but if you do not have this, you can do this with a friend or family member to hold you accountable.

Break your goals into daily/ weekly/ monthly tasks and schedule these in your diary. Commit to taking action and in moments of doubt, remember why you set the goal in the first place and if the rationale still stands; Feel the fear and do it anyway. For help in this area, check out The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robins.

In this book, you will discover it takes just five seconds to break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt. Often the secret isn’t knowing what to do, it’s in knowing how to make yourself do it!

I would love to hear what else you will be doing before the year is out.