The year ends with unstoppable steps, for many this is a phase in which they review the past months with all their positive and negative aspects. We remember events from our private lives, people we have met or said goodbye to, professional challenges we have mastered or which have pushed us to our limits, or experiences which have left their deep traces in us.
A look back opens - not always, but sometimes - the view forward, and sometimes even far forward. With this look back, we often identify good and not so good developments within the year and use this as a basis for our New Year’s resolutions.
But although we traditionally do this primarily for our private lives, we can also look back on the year for our professional careers and develop perspectives for our future careers, which of course often also influences the personal level. Just take some time for that. The following exemplary questions can help you as a guideline:
Where was I at the beginning of the year, where am I today?
This question does not imply that you have to be at a different point today than you were at the beginning of the year. Sometimes a development in the job or a change of position is desirable for the career; sometimes it is more about filling and consolidating the position by the end of the year. You just have to know for yourself what makes you happier. This will enable you to see which professional goals you have set yourself and which of them you have achieved in the meantime, which may no longer seem so important in the course of the year and which you want to set yourself again in the coming year.
What were the highlights of the year?
Whether challenges that were already known at the beginning of the year or surprising new topics that suddenly landed on your table - there are certainly things in the job that have given you particular pleasure, of which you are proud, which have fulfilled and brought you forward in terms of content, in which you have grown and transcended your limits. Perhaps you will learn from them what you are capable of, with whom you can work particularly well and which topics you would like to devote more attention to in the future.
What hurdles and difficulties did I face last year?
Not everything runs smoothly all the time, and it doesn't have to. We can do a lot to overcome difficulties, but sometimes the hurdles are just too big. If you have first identified the issues of the past year that have caused you difficulties in your job and that you may not have brought to a satisfactory conclusion in the end, this is still a good starting point for further development. Because you learn from it: you can either accentuate your topics differently for the future, or you can change and optimise your approach in order to achieve a better result next time.
It is best to take the time to answer these and similar questions in writing. This often helps to sort out the thoughts and come up with concrete answers. In addition, you will then have a paper in your hand that forms a good basis for your next annual review.
Your personal review helps you to set goals, accents and priorities for the coming year, to develop ideas and also to question yourself in your position, expectations and way of working. Because in the end it is not about getting into the same rat race every year, neither privately nor professionally, but about being fulfilled and satisfied. And it helps to first analyse the situation for yourself, in order to then either optimise or change things according to your own decisions if necessary.