How to Perform a Half-Yearly Review (on Yourself)
As the calendar flicked over to June, we had the same thought you did: How are we halfway through the year already? We swear it was only yesterday that we were furiously recording our New Year's resolutions on a crisp new notebook and making promises. Now, we're six months on and, well, our lives are a little lacking in the tick-list department. We had our suspicions that our resolutions would be no different this year than the last but making self-promises seems like such a good way to start the year. But you don't need to abandon your 2016 goals, you just need an occasion to hold yourself accountable and that's where your Personal Mid-Year Review comes in.
Like a mid-year review you might have at work, this review is all about getting into the nitty-gritty of areas in life you're thriving in... and where you can make some adjustments. Scroll down to see the best way to perform your own mid-year review.
Consider all Aspects of Your Life
Unlike New Year's resolutions, where you decided to make a handful of dreams come true, it's important to look at a broad range of life areas. We recommend rating yourself in the areas of career (whether you're trying to climb that corporate ladder or branch out on your own), love/personal commitments (are you checking in regularly with friends/family and partners?), wellbeing (taking care of both your body and mind) and 'adulting' (how many sets of keys have you lost this year? and other conundrums). This way, you'll be sure your covering all bases of potential future success.
Look at What You Have Achieved, Not What You Haven't
The first step in your mid-year review is to look back on the past six months, just as your boss might during a work performance review. What have you done well? What have you felt proud of? What do you consider to be an achievement? This isn't a way of making you feel bad about those goals you're yet to kick but more of a way to affirm that even though you may not think it, you've manage to achieve quite a few things in the last half-year (go you!)
Look at the Bigger Picture
When your boss delves into your performance, they wouldn't just hone in one aspect of your work. How unfair would it be if they waxed lyrical about the state of your desk? Or spent the whole appointment slot going on and on about how you're always underprepared for a meeting? The same goes for you and your personal review—don't just look at the amount of times you didn't go to yoga, or how much money you (haven't) saved. The best way to understand your progress is to look at the bigger picture: you may not saved as much as you planned but did you spend more time with your friends. You may be less organised but have you managed to fit more into your day?
Drill Down Into 'Why'
The thing is, there might be a very good reason why you haven't achieved any of your goals so far this year. Were there any specific challenges that you faced? Is there anything you've learnt that you can apply in the future to avoid these foiling your plans? Make sure your turn your 'failures' into lessons—then you can apply them June-December. If there's no reason, then there can't be any excuse. What can you honestly find more time for? Where have you not improved at all? It's time to get real with your goals and why you haven't achieved them—if it's laziness, now's the time to make the change.
Look to the Future
Now, turn your attention from the past into the future. Having looked back on the past six months, you may have uncovered a few things you didn't know when you made these goals in January: A knee injury that's stopped you from running, or a demanding few months at work that haven't put a stop to your plans to learn French. The important thing now is to incorporate those restrictions into your goals, to ensure you don't set them too high (but just high enough). Do you have a project due next month that will zap your energy? Take your gym sessions from four to three per week goal rate. Have you given up your side-project on Sundays? Up your commitment to family time. Whatever your new goals are, make sure their realistic and achievable but don't lose your hunger to achieve them.
To help keep a track of your progress, why not indulge in a new Kikki.K journal for yourself?
Have you ever given yourself a mid-year performance review? Tell us how it went in the comments below!