First, collect some “artifacts” from your year of work: your appointment calendar (like you have a physical one of these!), pay stubs, letters of complaint (or commendation), notes from presentations you made, etc. Then decide what you’ve learned from these artifacts: “write the first thing that occurs to you,” suggests Burns.
For example, next to “clients won or lost” you could write “learned that I should not have stopped giving free estimates.” Next to “appointment calendar,” you might write “learned that scheduling meetings for one hour before close of business kept the meetings on track.” You might have more than one lesson learned for an item. That’s OK.
That’s the hard part. Burns goes on, but it’s basically along the lines of identify the positives and negatives and try to fix the negatives and do more of the positives.
This is presented as something to do in case your company doesn’t do annual reviews, or if you’re self-employed or unemployed, but we think you could do this anyway.
Our “artifacts” are all digital, which makes for a less dramatic presentation, but so it goes. How about you?