The end of the year is fast approaching, in fact, only 41 days left until the end of 2019! A lot of people will wait until the end of December to reflect and take stock of their achievements and then leave it until January to set goals for 2020 and I ask, why wait? There are still 41 days left of 2019, so there are still many chances to tackle any unfinished business and finish the year on a high rather than feeling defeated or disappointed that you've given up at the last hurdle. This reflection exercise is equally effective when done as an individual or as a team.
Asking yourself some relevant questions may help to gain perspective on your progress (both personal and professional) and prepare you to think about your next steps and new goals.
So, first things first....
What goals did you set for yourself this year? I am sorry to be blunt, but if you don't remember what they were, then they probably weren't that important unless your priorities have changed?
What went well?
What tangible achievements / personal milestones / progress are you proud of?
What hasn't gone according to plan?
What still needs to happen?
What other steps do you need to take for you to be pleased with the progress you made towards your goals?
What has been the most valuable lesson you've learnt this year?
Who do you need to give thanks to? (For example, who has been your biggest supporter, who has been pivotal in helping achieving your goals?)
Giving some thought and time to answer the above questions can help you bring focus and gear you up for 2020, so don't leave it until the final countdown of 2019...go on, do it now!