We have hit the half year mark for 2019. Thank you for following my blog so far. It’s also a milestone for me. That being said, what have you achieved in the first half of the year? It’s time to carry out a half year review.
Before you get started
- Find a quiet spot. You will need as much focus as you can muster for this. You also don’t want to be distracted midway through.
- Have your personal development plan (PDP) in front of you. Your PDP provides an overview of what you set out to achieve for the year and how far you have come.
- Have something to write with. It can be a notebook, tablet or the note taking app on your phone. Please turn off mobile data if you choose to use an internet enabled device. You don’t need the distractions.
- Take your time. Your midyear review is not something you want to rush.
How you go about carrying out your review is a matter of personal preference. There is no right or wrong way to do this. There are 3 questions I like to consider when carrying out a midyear review. I will provide them here as a guide.
Are my goals still relevant?
Things happen. People change. You might have set a goal earlier in the year that you thought was relevant but in the light of new information or experiences, is no longer relevant to you. Perhaps you made a career plan that involved acquiring a new skill but have come to find out, the skill is no longer in high demand or of high value in your field. If it’s no longer adding value, consider cutting that goal from your PDP. Don’t waste time doing things you shouldn’t be doing.
What have I achieved?
The good thing about the half year mark is if you had been working hard on achieving the goals on your PDP, you should have something to show for it. It’s been 182 days afterall. More than enough time to achieve some of your milestones for the year. You want to look at how close you are to achieving your goals. This will help you adjust the deadlines you set for yourself earlier in the year. We often underestimate how long tasks will take to get done. If you need longer to achieve a goal, make adjustments on your PDP accordingly.
What have I learnt?
If you had set a lofty enough goal, you will have made some mistakes by now. You will also have failed at some tasks. Failure is not a bad thing. In fact, it is the greatest learning opportunity. Decide if some of your habits would need to change to help you achieve your goals. Based on what you failed at, do you need to bring in more people to help you achieve your goals? Do you need more training? Update your PDP accordingly.
Remember, just because you have carried out a midyear review doesn’t mean you get to forget about your PDP for the rest of the year. The half year mark may be special but it’s just as important that you keep up with your weekly and monthly reviews. Make the second half of the year a more productive one.