2012: Year End Review — in lists!


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A blog that I have been following pretty regularly for awhile is Mane and Chic.  Last year in December she posted an activity about preparing for 2012 by taking inventory of 2011.  I’m a sucker for a good list — and the premise of this exercise is the creation of several lists! So I’ve decided to take on this challenge in preparation for a mindful (aka “awake”) 2013.  I have started my lists in Evernote — so whenever I think of something, identify a change I would like to make, or a habit that needs to be formed — I can easily make note of it.  The activity doesn’t stop with the lists. Each month she prompted users to take monthly inventories of accomplishments and strides made to achieve goals. This was an excellent means of holding yourself accountable, as well as identifying obstacles, detrimental habits early on.

The lists are:

  1. Make a list of 100+ things that you accomplished in 2012.  
  2. Make a list of the 50+ things that you want to do, want to have and want to be in 2013.  
  3. Make a list of the behaviors and habits you need to develop for the New Year.  
  4. Make a list of what habits, behaviors, people, things you don’t want to take into 2013 and release them!  

I don’t quite know that i have 100+ things that I accomplished in 2012, but I do have quite a few things I’m proud of.  I have actually nicknamed 2013 “The Year of Big Dreams” (after the song Big Dreams) — one of the dreams and the biggest item on my list is to own my FIRST home!

The plan is that these lists will help me to identify themes which I can then make the focus of my goals for the year.  By business background makes me a little over enthusiastic with this activity.  I plan on taking my goals and breaking them down into tangible action steps.  This way that I can have literal benchmarks to compare myself to for my monthly mini inventories.  My tweaks are not at all required — just a way for me to make the activity more of a fit for my life.

Let’s get excited for 2013!