Unbelievably half of 2010 has been - and gone. Now is a good time to take stock and make any necessary adjustments to goals and plans for the rest of the year. When I worked in the corporate world, the year was divided into periods 'A' and 'B' and each period covered 6 months. It's something I've carried on doing.
First I review progress against targets set at the beginning of the year - both financial and performance. This is the point where you find out just how much you did achieve!
It's important to do this exercise and then put the results firmly in the past. Those six months have gone forever and nothing that happened, or didn't happen, can now be changed. Looking forward to the next six months, and keeping the above quote in mind, be sure to include people and things that do matter to you! Here's how I do it.
Make separate plans for life and business
Family get togethers
New skills to learn
Friends to meet up with
Books to read
Health & fitness targets
Hearth & Home
What major repairs need doing before winter?
Which rooms to decorate
Any kitchen appliances to replace
Maintenance/service calls to arrange
Projects to start/complete
New products to launch
Schedule networking events to attend
Book conference & seminar places
Arrange meetings with strategic alliance partners
I think you get the idea! This is by no means a comprehensive list, just a few things off the top of my head.
What I'll do is take this first draft and keep adding to it over the next few days, until I can't think of anything more. Next, I'll do a reality check for each item and ask myself how feasible it is to get it done by the end of the year. This will probably result in a few crossings out!
For the items that remain I can then start planning out the smaller individual action steps, write them down too, and get started on the first one!
Do you do a half-year review? Please share what works for you in the comments below. And if you found this helpful, I'd appreciate a RT.