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The Advantages of Trying Again and Trying Ahead


For greater than a decade, annually, I’ve been assembly with two pals to do a “look again/look ahead” train.

Generally we break this train into two conferences; this 12 months, we did each elements in the identical assembly.

How will we conduct this “look again/look ahead” train?

  • Meet in particular person, if attainable
  • Have a pad of fine paper and good markers at hand
  • Convey look again/look ahead pages from earlier years

I discover this train terribly useful, but when I’m being sincere, I don’t assume I’d do it alone. It takes a number of hours, a variety of exhausting pondering and soul-searching; I’m unsure I’d carve out the time to do it 12 months after 12 months if I wasn’t doing it with pals. Accountability!

As a result of the three of us do it collectively, we don’t overlook to do it, and we find time for it. Additionally, we take time to speak about our insights and observations, about ourselves and one another. That dialog can also be extraordinarily useful.

Every of us does this train barely in a different way, so I’ll describe how I do it.

For example, I exploit this train to discover my work life. I observe essential private milestones, however for context, slightly than to intently monitor what occurred.

Look Again at 2023

To do the “look again,” to jog my reminiscence, I reviewed my “23 for 23” listing and my digital calendar.

On one web page of fine paper, in separate packing containers, I famous:

  • My one-word theme for the 12 months: for 2023, “Wave”
  • My annual problem: #GoOutside23in23
  • Private milestones: corresponding to celebrating my in-laws’ anniversary, giving the graduation deal with for my daughter’s high-school commencement, jury obligation, Justice O’Connor’s loss of life
  • Journey: each private and work, together with holidays and conferences

Most of my entries are associated to artistic tasks I’ve labored on, in order that they every have their very own field; as an illustration:

A few of my packing containers are extra idiosyncratic, as an illustration:

  • Didn’t work: I famous issues that didn’t work out, or that failed altogether; as an illustration, I attempted to determine an concept for an audio-book from my materials, and haven’t cracked that but
  • Realized: I made an inventory of issues I noticed; as an illustration, I noticed that going to conferences may be very helpful for me, and ought to be extra of a precedence; I additionally realized that I need to spend extra time studying social media (sure, extra)

On the finish of the “look again” half of this train, I at all times say, “Wow, I can’t consider every thing that occurred this 12 months.”

Creating this sort of “ta-da” listing is basically useful. I’ve discovered that I can change into very targeted on every thing that I need to do sooner or later, or on the issues that I’ve been struggling to perform.

I get very energized by reminding myself of all of the issues I have completed.

Look Ahead to 2024

No shock, my “look ahead” is much less particular and extra aspirational.

For 2024, on one other web page of fine paper, I included all the most important classes that I used to “look again”—additionally my one-word theme of “Revisited” and problem of #Write24in24—in addition to classes corresponding to:

  • Anniversaries: 2024 marks a milestone date for my marriage, my youngsters’s literature studying teams, and The Happiness Venture guide
  • Paperback: the paperback of Life in 5 Senses
  • Adventures: My “24 for twenty-four” listing contains “Go on 2+4 adventures” so I’ve a field with attainable adventures
  • Admonitions: I wrote sure phrases in massive letters, corresponding to GROW ALL and CONVENE and WATERCOLOR
  • Main to-dos: I listed gadgets corresponding to “Replace my workplace” “New product”
  • Huge Targets: as an illustration, doing one thing for TV, writing sometimes for outdoor retailers, image guide
  • Secrets and techniques of Maturity: I need to make progress on this subsequent massive guide challenge

Simply because the “look again” helps remind me of what I’ve completed within the earlier 12 months, the “look ahead” helps me articulate what I need to accomplish within the new 12 months.

Placing all of it on one web page, within the briefest attainable type, retains this train manageable. It additionally means it’s simple to maintain a file useful of all of the earlier years’ sheets.

I’m struck by how usually a theme will repeat 12 months after 12 months earlier than it lastly will get resolved; then again, generally a theme that appeared essential at one level will vanish.

These pages give me an actual feeling of each continuity and alter—in my pursuits, values, strengths, and weaknesses.

How do you look again and look ahead in your work life?

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