My 2017 Annual Report

Every year I do an annual review, and the process teaches me so much. It’s invaluable. Central to my work in studying who we are and why we do what we do is a steady aim of building life-worthy habits. I’m fascinated by my daily, monthly, and yearly habits, and how to continually improve my own performance. So each month, and again at the end of the year, I write a report and reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going.

I’ve decided to go ahead and (gulp) share it, in entirety.
I’m a bit nervous to do so, because when I started writing it, it was just for me. The insights are personal and raw, and it recaps a year that professionally, felt often like a struggle and a challenge. No triumph, no magic wand. There were solid successes: The mastermind program I built went well, and sustained my end of my agreements with my partner.

The biggest disappointment? No book proposal, no book deal. Instead, the Startup Pregnant project took me in a different direction, and I learned how hard the writing process is for me, and how much more I want to grow, specifically with what kind of work I want to be making, and what habits I need to cultivate to make it happen. And, I’ve been trying to stay open to the magic of what the work wants, rather than forcing my assumptions of what it needs to be onto it.

I hope sharing this report is as useful to you as making it was for me.

My 2017 Annual Report.

If you’d like to do one of your own, here are links to my monthly review template, and the annual review questions I use for you to do your own.

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6 Responses to My 2017 Annual Report

  1. Brittany says:

    Thank you for sharing this; I wish more people would. When I’m struggling with creative work (which is often!), I tend to think that I’m the problem. This was a good reminder to me that it’s not just me; it’s genuinely hard work and things take time! Thanks for helping me feel a little more normal ;)

  2. Jessica says:

    Oh wow…this looks amazing. I have gotten bogged down in too many email lists and actively culling them down, but this is some serious value-add and I’m so glad it popped into my attention this morning. Looking forward to reading this as a weekend treat and spending more time on your website / blog! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing.

  3. Martha says:

    Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing your annual review and monthly review template! This is a version I haven’t seen before and seems to gauge how you’re learning and growing in a simple way. This is helpful as I’m figuring out a way to define and gauge my intentions and goals for 2108.

    • Martha says:

      Oops, I meant 2018 goals and intentions, not 2108. It would be amazing to know that I could live for that long!

  4. Carolina says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing your report. I do something similar in paper, in private, sort of taking stock of the previous year, thinking and writing about the year ahead. I could totally relate to so many themes in your report, including reading some of the same books in 2017. I also like how you divided the books in categories, I was actually planning to read more non-fiction in 2018, feeling that I am too much in my rational head.

  5. AR says:

    Excellent report (slight longish though) and solid template to build on. Thanks to Dorie Clark for the connection. Even though I don’t follow her too often, she is still one of 3 newsletters I still follow – following a purge of my emailing lists in 2017.
    Many thanks for sharing. Depending on how useful I find it, I might eventually sign up to your newsletter and podcast.