It’s that time of the year – Christmas decorations are in full swing and TV shows are on their winter hiatus. We are being told what the best song/movie/book/etc. of 2014 was, according to the experts. People are deciding whether they want to ring in the New Year by celebrating with a large group or with a more intimate setting. In other words, the end of the year countdown has arrived.
For some, the end of the year can bring anxiety. But for me, it’s one of my favorite parts of the year because it’s when I take some time to pause and reflect. I very much enjoy being in the office when it’s quiet, and I have time to step away from my daily to-do list. Self-reflection is invaluable to my development, both professionally and personally. Below are some questions that I have found to be helpful during self-evaluation.
- Did I manage my time well?
- How can I duplicate my successes?
- Why were certain projects and initiatives unsuccessful and what did I learn from them?
- How can I create new opportunities?
- Did I maintain an acceptable level of work-life balance?
- Have I developed new skills?
- Did I work well with my team and within my department?
If you don’t already do so, I highly recommend that you take the time to not only ask yourself questions like these, but to think about your responses and how they can help you grow. And although it’s easy to do at the end of the year, don’t feel like you have to wait until the calendar hits December.
Feel free to share some of your own self-reflection questions in the comments section below!