Doing a month in review is actually something I learned many years ago and have not stuck to at all. But it’s a smart thing to do and can be applied to a few areas of your life.
Month In Review
I learned about doing a month in review years ago when I worked for the Queensland State Government. I, along with many other long term government contract staff, were sent along to some professional development sessions about how to write selection criteria and interview for government jobs.
Most of it was tedious as hell, because it matched the tedious process of applying for a State Government job. But the one gem that did come out of these sessions was that you need to have examples of your work in order to write the selection criteria in a way that is relevant for your job. In order to have relevant examples for your selection criteria, it’s incredibly useful to sit down once a month and write up the things that have happened to you. Challenges. Projects. Feedback. Failures. Wins.
I was also reading this post on Lucky Bitch* about end of year rituals and I was wondering how I could mentally reconcile 2015 and move into 2016 in a more positive mindset. Lots happened in 2015 and while I am happy with how I handled myself, I don’t know how to reconcile the feelings I have about 2015. I tried the “what are you proud of exercise” in that post and got stuck after about 4 items. I’m sure I could have found more if I had dug deeper, but frankly, I have to be in the right mood for that and I wasn’t when I did it.
So, in combining these two ideas, I wanted to go ahead with a suggestion for 2016 – a simple month in review so that you take good steps forward. I’m also hopeful that in doing this on a monthly basis, there is fewer baggage at the end of a year, because you’ve dealt with your wins and fails along the way.
What do you cover?
Well, you can cover anything, honestly. I track my blog stats, social media followers & newsletter subscribers across all my blogs on a monthly basis. I like to remind myself of successful and unsuccessful pitches, conversations, decisions and thoughts that month. Some things are more tangible than others, and it really depends on what area of your life you are focusing on as to what you find value in tracking. In my day job I actually do a weekly review, as it’s busy and if I did it monthly then I wouldn’t remember what had happened.
Do you review your month (or week or year)? Do you think there’s a benefit in doing it more than just annually?
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