Now I know a Tara slap may sound a little harsh but this is the time of year we really need to look back on our targets we have set for 2016 and make sure we are on track. Before entering into the second half of the year now is a great time to set aside an hour or so on the weekend or during your normal week to plan out and do a mid-year review.

Use this time to reflect back on the first six months of the year and make adjustments to your goals for the remainder of the year. 

“Look-Back” Questions:

  • Key Accomplishments:
  1. List my achievements over the past six months?
  2. The things I’m most proud of accomplishing?
  3.  Which of my goals did I really miss the mark on?
  • Relationship Development:
  1. The new relationships I have develop?
  2. Which of my existing relationships did I significantly strengthen?
  3. Which relationships have overlooked or not given enough attention to?
  • Learning/Training:
  1. Did I take the opportunity to learn new strategies and ideas?
  2. What have I learnt most about myself?
  3. What have I learnt most about my career?
  • Mistakes:
  1.  What mistakes did I make?
  2.  What mistakes could I have avoided?
  3.  What mistakes provided me with the most significant development and learning opportunities?
  • Time Management:
  1. How well did I manage my time?
  2. Have I been focusing my time on the most important things in my life?
  3. Are there any significant “time wasters” that I need to reduce or eliminate from my life?
  4. When am I most productive?
  5. When am I least productive? 

“Look-Forward” Questions:

  • Top 3 Work-Related Goals: 
  1. What are my top three career goals for the remainder of the year?
  2. Why are those goals important to me?
  3. What habits and processes do I need to adopt to support these goals?
  • Top 3 Personal Goals.
  1. What are my top three personal goals for the remainder of the year?
  2. Why are those goals important to me?
  3. Who can I share those goals with to help hold me accountable to achieving them?
  • Relationship Development:
  1. Which relationships will I focus on strengthening and developing during the second half of the year?
  2. Who do I want to meet and get to know?
  3. Who can most help me achieve my career and personal goals?
  • Learning and Knowledge:
  1. Other areas of learning do I most need to focus on?
  2. What are the new skills do I need to develop?
  3. What skills do I need to strengthen?
  4. What is the one skill, if mastered it, would have the greatest impact on the achievement of my goals?
  • Habits:
  1. What time management habits do I need to develop and strengthen?
  2. What three habits, if developed and sustained, would have the greatest positive impact on my work life and personal life?
  3. What habits do I know I need to drop or replace?

Now is the time to prepare for a strong ending to your year by taking the time to do a mid-year review sometime over the next week. Run through the above questions. Write down your answers, then, once a month going forward through to the end of the year, review this information and check your progress on a monthly basis.

Tara Bradbury