The last quarter of each year always seem to come by so quickly and you feel the year went by without you noticing. In many instances, you would feel the need to catch up on pending plans and goals set for the year to make sure you’ve achieved them all.
Whether professionally or personally, we all set goals for the year. The last quarter wrap-up provides you with clues regarding how satisfactory your productivity level has been throughout the year as well as opportunities or goals you might have missed.
It also reveals where you need to focus on in the next few weeks before the year ends. If possible, intensify your efforts to make sure you have checked if not all majority of the boxes to be able to have a positive end of year report.
Reviewing your performance for the year is important because it offers you insights on how to make changes, even if you need to explore more in the coming year. Wrapping up your last quarter is also great because it allows you time to start planning for the next year and ensures that you have ample time to set all the feasible objectives.
The best way to do this is take some time to reflect on the goals for this year vis-à-vis that of next year. Find out if they were realistic and achievable goals and if they need to be adjusted in the coming year. Evaluate how you were able to achieve this year’s goals and the challenges you encountered.
After reflecting on this year, begin to set new goals for the coming year. Visualize where you want to be and identify challenging, but realistic things to accomplish in the next year. Create specific, measurable goals and attach a deadline to each one of them. Review yourgoals at the end of each quarter to assess progress and make adjustments when needed.
We hope we have given some ideas on how to end your year on a good note and plan better for next year. Just a little reminder! Don’t be too hard on yourself if things did not go as planned this year. That’s why it’s great to start planning for next year now!