I really want the second half of this year to go better than the first one. So, I have decided not to wait until December to review my progress. It’s perfect time to revisit those resolution we spoke about here. There is definitely room for improvement.
I don’t know why I never thought of this before, but really, it makes so much sense! A mid-year review is a great way to regain focus. It allows you to get back on track, adjust a few things here and there , so you can come up with a better ( and well informed) game plan.
I absolutely encourage one, especially if you:
- Feel overwhelmed, and need to slow things down a bit.
- want to regain focus.
- want to know exactly where you are in terms of your progress.
- are keen to do better.
How to go about it
So grab a pen and a piece of paper, or just open the notepad function on your phone, whatever you prefer. You’re about to give yourself an interview!
Seriously, go get something to write on! I’m waiting…
Now, for the questions to ask yourself, here are some guidelines:
- What have I learned so far?
- What have I done that I am proud of?
- What goals have I achieved?
- What do I need to change?
- What should I continue doing, what’s been working for me?
You know your goals best so it’s totally okay to come up with your own questions. The more specific the better. Those I’ve shared above are just to help you get the gist of what we’re doing.
Honesty is the best policy
It’s possible to feel discouraged while doing this exercise. Especially if you discover that what you have been doing is not in line with what you really want to achieve. However that is not the point of the exercise. Let me explain…
I think it’s best to have an honest feedback while you still have time to “fix your strategy”. The truth might hurt but it’s really necessary if you want to make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes. So don’t shy away from it.
You don’t need a wake up call to review your progress. Just willingness to learn and grow, and a desire to do better.
Time for some changes
If things haven’t gone according to plan thus far, it’s alright. Take it as part of your learning curve and keep going! Now that you’ve asked yourself some important questions, you have all the information you need to make the necessary changes. It’s part of the journey so try as much as you can to not take it personally.
I know I need to make some changes! For example, I love having a routine and usually I plan my days almost down to the T. This helps me eliminate stress and to be as efficient as possible. In that same breath however, too much routine tends to lead me to the opposite of what I want to be- productive. So to stay motivated I need occasional breaks from being a busy bee and say, go for a run by the beach or do something creative. So that’s one of the ways I will adjust what I have been doing.
It’s your journey, own it
Part of owning your journey involves not being afraid to edit it as much as you like, to suit you. So do exactly that. Be intentional. Be involved.
Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments below
Ps: I’ve been away trying to make sure I stay on top of my business. Post grad can be a bit of an extreme sport. I am back now and I can’t wait to share stuff with you guys more often! I hope you’ve been doing well…