Doing your own year in review slidedeck

2016 was an interesting year for me.

It’s easy when you set goals, to lose sight of the things that went well to focus on the things you’d wish had gone better. I was talking to a friend about his own work and he mentioned doing an annual review that was just for his partner, because he’s independent. I think it’s a fascinating idea to assess your own work over the year — your successes, what didn’t go right — and develop a roadmap for the upcoming year. Even if it’s only internal (e.g. just for you), it can be a powerful way to focus yourself on the things you deemed important and to take stock of your successes.

Rather than overthink every thing you did, I spent time just highlighting big things that happened through the months. You can pick and choose — after all, it’s your review — but again, the goal at the end is to feel good about what you accomplished and if you didn’t do enough, taking stock on each month and how to be proactive in the new year.

Did you do an annual review of your year? Which ways to do you take stock of your work?

I’d share my template with you, but part of this exercise is about sharing what you’ve done internally and not feeling the need to itemize for the crowd. It’s less about showing off (though if you contact me offline, I’d probably send it to you…) and more about taking stock and re-assessing what the next steps are going to be.

Happy planning!


On writing & the new year

For a while, I’d worked into a solid routine with blogging. Part of the challenge now, is that it’s a lot easier to write on Twitter than it is to form an entire blog post about a topic. Last year, I wanted to increase my productivity on my newsletter and managed it. This year, I’m going old school and back to writing more on the blog. Not only about UX/Digital transformation or whatever, but also about the other things I care about or have a background in.

I’ve learned that being demure about things I’ve accomplished or even as I work out ideas hasn’t served me well. I do wish I had a regular editor for some things, especially on Medium, but I’m slowly working on developing a group of folks who write and read each other’s work. Anyway, I just want to do be a better job of being consistent here.

We have much to talk about in 2017.