It’s time to look back and do a year in review. Approaching your review with a positive attitude is important because it helps you to see your accomplishments. If you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start your year’s review, consider asking yourself these questions:
What saved you time?
You may have saved time by outsourcing certain tasks, like bookkeeping or content creation. Look at what you outsourced this past year and how it helped your productivity.
You also might have saved time by developing systems to handle your work more effectively. For example, if you’re a coach, you may have moved to an online scheduler that allows clients to book sessions with you during your available hours. This means that instead of scheduling every appointment yourself, you’re able to devote your time to more important tasks.
What made the most money?
Examine the different branches of your business and see which ones made you the most money. Did your web design package prove to be a big income generator? Did your new product bring you a flood of new customers?
Knowing which activities are making you money is important. You don’t want to invest your New Year into tasks that aren’t growing your business.
What created the greatest amount of pleasure?
Now it’s time to look through the year’s projects and evaluate them in a different light. You want to focus on the ones that made you happy.
Ask yourself why you felt happy when you worked on these projects. Did you get to tap into a skill you’ve always wanted to use? Did you discover a talent you didn’t know you had? Whatever your reason, make sure you write it down so you can remember it later.
What relationships developed that you’re excited about and why?
Growing your online community is done one relationship at a time. That’s why it’s helpful to review your relationships over the past year.
Did you become friends with another business owner that you might want to partner with later on? Did you hear from several customers that love what you’re doing and want to beta test your next project? Make a list of the new relationships you’ve developed and why they matter to you.
What positive breakthroughs did you make that has impacted your mindset for the better?
As you’re evaluating your past year, reflect on your mindset. How is it different now? Did you experience a mindset breakthrough that changed the direction of your life? Did you invest in learning more about mindset and how it affects your business?
Think of your twelve month review as a great way to dig up your past. You might just find a few golden nuggets that will help you in the coming year.