It’s Time for Year End Evaluation…….Professional & Personal!!
If you work in the corporate world, then you know that this is time to complete our year end evaluations. This is when you get to brag on how great you are and how much you have done throughout the year. It is also an assessment of whether you reached your goals/metrics.
When it comes to completing evaluations, I I don’t depend on my director to tell my story for me. If you have a manager that knows every single thing you do, good job! I can assure you that is not the case for most people. I take the time to reflect on my year and what I have done, obviously highlighting where I am against my assigned metrics. Not only that but also what have I done from a professional development standpoint. Don’t forget to include networking and any mentorships or groups you are apart of as well. It may seem like you are bragging…….and it should absolutely feel that way! I use One Note to keep a list of things that I have done throughout the year, down to even kudos that I have received. This way, when it is time to write up the end of the year review, I have all of those things in one place. Own your development.
This year I am taking the same approach when it comes to my personal life. I think sometimes we forget the good things that happened early in the year because we are so consumed by the negativity. I feel it is necessary for me to take some time to reflect on this year and what I learned, want to do different, and what I want to continue to perfect. I am starting now instead of 12/31 or 1/1/2024. This is definitely not a get it done in one day type of evaluation. It will take some time to complete. This year was a mix of highs and lows for me. However I want to make sure I capture all things as I reflect. I have already started this, kicking off with January 2023 review. You may do it quarterly, whatever works. The goal is to do a check in on this year as a way to strategize for next year.
A few items to review and remember:
What did you achieve this year?
Remember, small wins are wins.
What didn’t you get to achieve and is it worth trying to achieve?
However you decide to approach this is your business. We spend time doing this for corporate America (ties into compensation for sure). Why not do it for your personal life?