Taking Inventory

Reaping 2018’s lessons learned for a better 2019.

Posted Dec 21, 2018

pxhere, Public Domain
Source: pxhere, Public Domain

In theory, we all agree that we learn from experience. Yet too often, those lessons go unnoticed or unremembered. Answering these questions about your 2018 might help.

You probably can’t easily come up with answers to all these questions. That’s fine. Just answer the ones for which an answer emerges quickly. Usually, if it’s important, it will be top-of-mind. Indeed, even if there was  but one question you can answer, that can be worth the time to peruse them.

Your worklife

What were you praised for?

Apart from others’ praise of you, what’s something you did at work that you feel good about?

What were you criticized for?

Apart from others’ criticism of you, what’s something you feel badly about that you did at work?

Any lesson from the above that you want to remember in 2019?

Your relationships (romantic, platonic, parent-child)

What were you praised for?

Apart from others’ praise of you, what’s something you did in a relationship that you feel good about?

What were you criticized for?

Apart from others’ criticism of you, what’s something you did in a relationship that you feel badly about?

Any lesson from the above that you want to remember in 2019?

Your emotional self

What’s something you feel good that you did?

What’s something you feel badly about?

Any lesson from the above that you want to remember in 2019?

Your recreational life (sports, hobbies, creative outlets)

What were you praised for?

Apart from others’ praise of you, what’s something in your recreational life that you did that you feel good about?

What were you criticized for?

Apart from others’ criticism of you, what’s something you feel badly about?

Any lesson from the above that you want to remember in 2019?

The takeaway

Review the list of lessons learned. Any common thread that suggests a lesson learned or two that you’d like to apply broadly?