July is The New January

Photo by  Aaron Burden  on  Unsplash

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Wow, July is here. Do you know what that means? It means we’re halfway through 2018. It feels as though time flew so fast but it also feels like a lot has already happened. For me, the month of July is a critical time - it’s the perfect time to take a step back and look at the big picture of your year.

At work during the middle of the fiscal year, employees usually do a mid-year evaluation, and I think it’s just right to do a mid-year evaluation of your personal life as well. I hope this is something you’ll consider doing every July.

The following are some steps and question prompts on how you can do a personal mid-year review.

In your journal, planner, or any notebook, write down and answer the following:

Step 1: Revisit

  • Where are you in terms of the goals you have set at the start of the year?

  • What are your wins and successes in the past 6 months?

  • What challenges have you have encountered?

  • What learnings and experiences have you acquired so far?

Step 2: Reassess

  • Do you still feel connected to the goals you’ve set at the start of the year?

  • Do those goals still bring you joy?

  • Are you still excited by the perceived results of those goals?

  • Are you taking the necessary steps towards those goals?

  • Would you still pursue the same goals?

Step 3: Reset

  • What habits or actions would you like to continue doing?

  • What habits or actions would like to stop doing?

  • What changes do you want to make in the next 6 months?

  • What new goals would like to set?

Step 4: Re-equip

  • What new skills or knowledge would need to help you meet your goals?

  • What type of support would you need?

  • What are the learning opportunities available to you in the next 6 months

Hopefully this exercise would be helpful to you in making the most out of this year. I hope this year would be your best year so far!