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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Preparing for the New Year 3

OK so you have three lists, time for the one more:

My great skills

This one is straight forward. A list of all the skills you use for the two first lists and to amend or avoid the things from the third list.

For example if you wrote something about managing people you might include team work, leadership, communication, writing skills, evaluation, decision making, problem solving, people skills etc.

Easy peasy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Preparing for the New Year 2

So you did your two big lists? (Have a look here if you missed that post)
Now make a third one.

All the things you didn't like. 

Well maybe not ALL of them, you don't need to put the splinter you got or the stubbed toe, or a row with a housemate over the remote control. But do think about the things that made you feel uncomfortable or like a backwards step. Maybe a reprimand over a mis filed invoice, something that didn't work like a late delivery, bad news, or even jealousy over a friends promotion.

That may have made you a bit stressed so file or display your list with the others and then go and enjoy a beverage.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

My big lists

So, it would be unfair to ask you to make lists with out sharing a snapshot of mine.

I've done this one as a mind map with space to add a few more things to it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Preparing for the New Year Part 1

Sincere apologies for the time out, it's been a while since the past post.

However the new year is just three weeks away and with it come resolutions including the renewed impetus to find the right career (and to write more posts on the blog).

First up, give yourself a seasonal celebratory gift. You've survived another year and it's time to take a step back. Time to evaluate the last year, or more if you wish, and decide what worked and what didn't.

So get out your diary and find an hour between shopping and preparing the egg nog to block off as Me-Time.

Get yourself a couple of sheets of paper, some colourful pens, maybe some sticky notes or a glue pen and a beverage of your choice.

Now draw up two big lists:
Things that worked out really well and Things I really enjoyed doing
Or make a mind map if that is more your style

Write down as many as you can remember. Then have a look for any patterns in it. It might help to photograph it and carry it around with you on your mobile. You don't need to act on it now, just keep it in mind and add to it over the next few weeks, but you might like to start a notebook with ideas for next year's big lists.

Stick your lists on a pin board or file them in a ring binder, just make sure you know where they are.

That's your task. An hour off from the chaos of this time of year to reflect. Easy peasy!

If you feel really ambitious you could try to write your own Performance Review instead.

All the planning posts can found through these links:

And have a look through the links on my Twitter page which are offered simply for interest but might work for you. Let me know what you think of them.