December 30th, 2012 by Gallagher John 1 Comment

The end of the year is a great time to rest and reflect on the accomplishments and challenges from the past year.


I have a very simple process that I use for my year-end review.  It consists of 3 steps:

1) Goal review –  I review how I did relative to the goals and disciplines I targeted for the year.  The tool I use to track this is the Life Plan.  You may have a different method of tracking, but the important thing is to track.  If you don’t track, then maybe that should be one of your goals for 2013…to track your goals!  What you measure, you control.  What you don’t measure, you accept.

2) The simple “+/-” tool.  I make a T-diagram on a piece of paper and list the things that went well (+) on the left and things that could have gone better (-) on the right.  Try not to over-think it.  Just blurt.

3) K,S,S – After listing out the pluses and minuses, I review them and reflect.   I then list out the things I need to KEEP doing (things that went well), START doing (to take the things that went well to the next level, or to remedy the things that didn’t go well), and most importantly, what I need to STOP doing.  Too often, we take on new goals and don’t stop doing things that are getting in the way.  Be aware of the habits you have developed that could get in the way.  There are many distractions.  I also take time to pray about this list as well.

That’s it.  It took me a couple hours and I feel much better about going in to 2013!  I am really looking forward to what’s in store.

So, do you use a process to review your year? What steps would you add to this process?