I am preparing to do an in-depth annual personal review. But, the preparations have me thinking whether I really need an in-depth review because it just takes so much damn time.
I’m thinking that the last two months of the year is just the time period for me to catch up on some of the goals that I set at the beginning of the year. So the time that I am spending on preparing for and doing an annual review may be the time that I could spend behind my goals.
So, I am at a dilemma.
Then, I thought, why can’t I just do a quick review, something fast and intense that could help give me some guidance as to how I should really be spending my time on.
I decided that this quick review should have only 10 questions. Nothing more and nothing less. Anything less and I may be cheating myself of sufficient thinking and feeling to make a decision on where to align my time, attention and resources.
Here are the quick and dirty personal review questions
- What are my goals and where am I in each of them?
- Do these goals still align with the current stage and state of my life?
- What things are stressing me out?
- What positive feelings do I want to be feeling now and in the next three months?
- What do you want more of?
- What do you want less of?
- What three values do you want to embrace more of this year?
- How has the vision of your life changed?
- What is your life intention and who will benefit from it?
- What one thing if done tomorrow would make your life and feelings better?
The good thing is that the only materials I need for this review are my list of goals, my thoughts and my feelings. And these questions are the main ones that matter to me right now. The main benefit though is that the answers to these will guide me on how to proceed with my in-depth review.
The questions are deliberately broad to give you space to think of those things most important to you. The questions do not box you in or lead me towards just one type of goals and actions. And they consider your feelings and stage of life.
Try answering these questions in two hours. Adapt them to suit the circumstances of your life.