These post will be the last step from 4 steps of How to Do an Annual Review for 2013.
- Revisit 2013 goals and honestly rate yourself
- Answer this question: What Goes Well?
- Next, answer this question: What Didn’t Go Well?
- Proceed basis of goals for 2014
This is the last post for my annual review. As the step statement suggest, it would require me to question myself, spend a bit of time understanding what are the underlying meaning from my results (are my priorities correct are the main questions). The post will be the summary of the analyses. Thanks for reading.
I’ve known which areas go well and which areas didn’t from my result of 2013 goals. I will normally keep the list for a few days and immerse myself with the issues. I questioned the underlying doubts and in some cases – fears. After some thoughts, I figured some basis or rules that should govern the way I construct my 2014 goals. I treat it as a list of specifications really.
The basis for my 2014 goals:
1. Money pursuit should not be the central theme (again). As humans, I’m aware that I will want everything there is, and there will never be the end of materialistic pursuit. I would like to depart slowly from the focus of monetary goals (my 2013 are littered with money-driven endeavours). It’s great when I achieve it, but I don’t feel complete. I felt, still; that I should spend more time connecting with people who matters, creating, and challenging myself. The natural extension of my pursuit would be, wait for it, TIME! I’m excited to make 2014 as the year I tweak my routine, slowly to reflect my priorities.
2. New habits changing will be separated from my goals. I’ve had fair share of habits changed through these years. As I had more and more habits to be incorporated, I don’t want to feel restricted to put my habits into goals (it will mean I got 63 goals which is absurd). I felt goals supposed to be grand, and habits changing in itself did not have the same magnitude. For example, 2 years ago I would make it my goals to be able to jog daily. This is specifics, but it clouds my focus. Perhaps, I don’t need that anymore if my goals are to increase fitness. I don’t time habits changing as rigorously as goals, noting the fact that habits are best changed slowly, one at a time. Tracking habits will be monitored on different list.
3. Ditch SMART by knowing the WHY. You might be aware of goals settings characteristics: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. I’m ditching it (at least on the specifics and measurable) at the base statement of my goals. The reason is for me to keep in touch with the bigger picture and not to be bogged down with normally minuscule scope of SMART goals. For example, wanting to win a tennis games carnival by June for it’s own sake is dangerous. I would feel better if I had the goal of being better in tennis. Then proceed with how I can measure this? What is the feelings/desire that I want to experience? Perhaps, goals cannot be done in a very simple statement really. Head on to my 2014 goals if you’re confused.
4. Making time for creative activities is paramount. I had a beautiful awakening towards the end of 2013, in which it strikes me on why I couldn’t be in office early enough, doing my music activities, writing regularly and connecting with families and friends who matters. I shivered because this could be my craft of 2014 – designing my living moments closely to my priorities. I may get it wrong, (afterall, priorities are constructed with a limited input of human experience) – but that would be how I felt life should be, a continuous tweaking while enjoying the process.
5. Focus on The End in Mind. The most powerful lesson I got from Stephen Covey is to imagine my death, and how I want people to describe me then. It reduces the tiny nuisance of shorter terms needs (money) and in its place an unyielding forces of common yet powerful themes, good relationships, honesty, joy, and love. I am struggling on this, I shit you not. Mostly because I am afraid of being wrong in deciphering my desire and the inability to contemplate in all honesty. It should be interesting to test this while laying down my goals for 2014. Cheers.