Every year since 2008, I’ve spent time in late December planning my life for the next year. The idea is to create a road map for the year ahead – not a rigid daily schedule, but an overall outline of what matters to me and what I hope to achieve in the next year. It’s pretty similar with the Performance Metrics which we use in the companies, but not that rigid.

Here is what I put into the review every December.

  • Results from last year
    Look at the goals I set last year. Did I achieve the goals or not?
    - What went well this year?
    - What did not go well this year? 
  • Wonderful moments
    There are always a lot of great moments that we want to remember.
  • Plan for next year
    Start looking towards the future, based on goals that are set by category.

    1. Personal life
    -Family
    -Health
    -Travel
    -Other

    2. Career development

    3. Personal development
    -Tech
    -Management
    -Other

Note that all the goals should be measurable, otherwise they are just meaningless.