There have been tons of yearly review templates floating around online. I like to read through them to see what they're about and think about what questions if any could be useful with clients in the future.
One thing that I've decided is useful at this time is looking back instead of forward.
The reason is the "obvious".
How you spent your time last year is likely to look just like how you'll spend your time next year, barring any specific and intentional changes.
What you see looking back, is the blueprint for your and your current habits.
This is tricky because, for us, mostly our typical actions, reactions, and grooves are habitual and unconscious.
But looking back can make those clearer, less personal.
The trick then, for any type of growth, is to become conscious and aware. Only when you're conscious, clear, only when you can see – then can you decide to make a change; an activity, a decision, a way of being...
So, will you create more of the best of you in the year ahead?
Will you repeat your same pattern again, just with a different subject matter?
Tim Ferriss has a very simple process that I would recommend:
- Grab a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
- Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week.
- For each week, jot down on the pad any people or activities or commitments that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month. Put them in their respective columns.
- Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at your notepad list and ask, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
- Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in the new year. Get them on the calendar now! Book things with friends and prepay for activities/events/commitments that you know work. It’s not real until it’s in the calendar. That’s step one. Step two is to take your “negative” leaders, put “NOT-TO-DO LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning for the first few weeks of 2022. These are the people and things you *know* make you miserable, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense.
I'll be curious if there are any decisions or plans you'll make now, for the year ahead, that will set you on a different direction outside of the habitual.
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