It’s that time of the year – looking back, taking stock, and figuring out if we want to call 2013 a success or a failure… and strategizing how we can make 2014 even better. To be fully transparent, I suck at this – particularly around the “success” part of that equation. I could spend a few weeks analyzing just how sucky something went and question every small detail along the way.
But alas, only focusing on what went wrong, never helps me move forward. It only serves to keep me stuck. While I don’t think January 1st is the only time that you should be reviewing, reflecting and moving forward, it does seem to be the easiest way to figure out what your priorities will be for the year ahead.
Below you will find the framework that I use every year to help me get focused and start, stop or continue various activities. A few things to note before we start:
- This template can be used for any type of “career” you are looking to plan for the upcoming year. It works if you are an entrepreneur, a traditional corporate worker, or something in between. It’s all about how you want to focus and position yourself.
- A great suggestion from Pam Slim is to think of each topic as a strategic priority – I had been doing this for years with the heading “topic,” but when she mentioned to me honing in on priorities, it felt more authentic. So use those interchangeably based on what you are trying to plan out.
It’s quick and dirty – no need to linger in the past! Ready?Read More›