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Reflecting and Planning for the New Year
Each year is an opportunity to ask ourselves powerful questions about where we have been and what we plan to do moving forward. It is important to have a framework that guides our self-reflection in a proactive way.
In today’s episode, we review twenty prompts suggested by Andrea Drugay, UX writer and manager at DropBox. We cover important considerations for each prompt. We also suggest that you record your responses in a place you can return to later for review.
**If you want to read more about powerful planning tools, check out our article, “Goal Setting Mastery – Six Simple Steps (With Evernote)“.
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- Reflection is a muscle that requires regular flexion
- Reflection should always lead to action
- Avoid self-absorbed pondering about yourself
- Review a specific time period as a tool for learning
- Make plans for the future
- Andrea is a UX writer and manager at Dropbox
- She holds a BA in Communication and an MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU
- System is in two parts:
- Reflect On This Year
- Things you accomplished in the past year
- People who were important to you in the past year
- Important steps you took in your career
- Things you did for the first time
- Places you traveled (even in small ways!)
- Moments that made you smile
- Moments when you felt powerful
- Times when you helped another person
- Things you’re grateful for from the past year
- A motto that sums up the past year
- Looking Ahead
- Things you’d like to accomplish in the new year
- People you’d like to get to know better in the new year
- People who can help you get ahead or who can boost your career
- Leaders you’d like to learn from (they don’t need to be alive!)
- Relationships and habits you can gracefully leave behind
- Places you’d like to speak at, write for, or pitch to in the new year
- Skills or tools to learn that will help your career
- Things to learn that will improve your personal life
- Your ultimate career list—titles, companies, and projects you’d like on your resume someday
- A motto you’d like to live by in the new year
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