Every year, I do an annual review where I look back at the past year and write down what I did well, what I could have done better, and a couple of lessons to distill from the journey. I also take a look at my personal / professional goals that I set the year before, and score how well I did on them.

Why do I do this? Two reasons:

  1. It reminds me about what I’ve accomplished in the past year. We often forget or undervalue our accomplishments especially when life gets crazy, and it’s good to take time off to appreciate what we’ve achieved.
  2. It helps me tease out lessons and patterns which I can apply for the future. For example, in understanding where my strengths and weaknesses are, I can set more focused goals for the New Year

I’ve been doing this for the past 2 years, and …