Earlier this week, I sat down and did some personal annual reflection/planning. It’s a routine I’ve maintained since 2012, so this was my 5th year doing it.
I follow a really simple outline – just writing a bunch of bullets for each of these points:
* What did I do in 2016?
* Wealth & Business
Strengths & Weaknesses
* What did I do well in 2016?
* What could I have done better in 2016?
Goals & Priorities
* What are my goals and priorities for 2017?
Habits & Routines
* What bad habits do I want to eliminate?
* What good habits do I want to continue?
* What new habits do I want to start?
I find that it really helps put time into perspective – reflecting on the year, and then looking back on the past reflections and plans from previous years.
In our business, we just started doing something similar – as recommended by Gino Wickman his book Traction, where he outlines a business management framework he calls the EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System).
In EOS, you start by drawing your big-picture stuff – your reasons for being in business, your values, your long-term vision (10-year, 3-year) – and then you work backwards from there to draw 1-year plans every year, quarterly priorities every 90-days, and weekly meetings to check-in with progress, in order to take you in the direction of that larger, long-term vision.
It’s a super logical framework to apply to business, and though I haven’t implemented anything quite as thorough in my personal life, I’ve sort of stumbled into a vaguely similar process… starting with long-term “where do I want to be/who do I want to be” (I did this as a senior in college back in 2010 after reading 4HWW), and then doing annual check-ins every new year.
This year, inspired a friend of mine here in Saigon, I’m thinking about doing a weekly check-in or something. Most of my personal goal/priorities for the year center around regular habits I want to implement – things I want to do on a regular daily/weekly basis. Having weekly check-ins on, say, Monday mornings might help keep me honest.
Not sure I’m ready to get that crazy yet, hah. We’ll see.
Here’s to a big 2017.