When you think about year-end planning, you might be concentrating on taxes, payroll, or closing the books. But there’s another part of your year in review that’s equally as important: self-evaluation.
Now is the perfect time to assess where you are, audit where you’ve been, and prepare for where you’re going next. No matter where you are in your career, taking stock of your accomplishments to date will benefit you in many ways.
1. Boost your own morale
Reflecting on what you’ve done to improve yourself and the quality of your work does wonders to further strengthen your motivation and self-esteem. Make a list of networking and professional development events you attended, self-help books you read, and other efforts you made to get healthy, stay organized or reduce stress.
2. Brag a little bit
Outlining your specific accomplishments this year, from boosting the bottom line to completing projects and initiating new ideas, will help you build confidence so you’re better prepared to articulate your strengths or even re-negotiate your compensation.
3. Build your skills
Somewhere along the way, you may have missed a beat. By examining the areas where you struggled with challenges, you can identify opportunities to refine your tactics or learn new techniques to enhance your expertise.
4. Bring your resume up to date
Job security can be fleeting, so a thoughtful self-evaluation will give you all the particulars you need to revise your qualifications and ensure your resume and online profiles are always at the ready.
5. Be all that you can be
No matter how successful you've been this year with exceeding goals and tackling task lists, you might still be feeling unfulfilled. Don’t forget to evaluate what was really exciting about your year and what brought you the most personal reward. Where might you see untapped potential or a new passion to explore?
Don’t rush your self-evaluation – this part of year-end planning doesn’t have a hard deadline. Take plenty of time to enjoy the exercise and you might learn something new about yourself. If you wrestled with remembering what you did all year, make that a goal for next year – to keep more detailed records and make progress notes for yourself each month.