This week, I’m out of the office and celebrating the new year.
If you’re also celebrating, I hope you’re able to enjoy time with those who matter most to you. And I hope you’ve already enjoyed some enriching time around the Christmas holiday.
As this year winds to a close, now might be a good time to look back over it. You can take stock of what worked, what didn’t, what went well, and what you’d like to do better moving forward.
As you do so, think both personally and professionally. You are, after all, a whole person living a life in which biblical studies fits—not the other way around.
I’ve recently done this kind of yearly review myself, and it’s always a helpful experience.
As you look forward to 2020, think carefully too about articulating what you want to achieve in the year ahead.
You can do this by:
- Brainstorming 10–12 things you’d most like to accomplish in the coming year.
- Turning each brainstormed item into a SMARTER goal statement.
- Assigning each goal to a particular quarter (or semester).
- Each week next year, asking what you can do to move toward one or more of your quarterly (or semesterly) goals.
One of the changes I’ve made for this coming year is to chunk down into smaller units larger projects that can’t be completed in one quarter.
This naturally means using up for that larger project more goals out of my annual budget of 10–12.
But it will hopefully mean that any given quarterly goal will be achievable within the time frame of that quarter even if that goal might ultimately connect with others from other quarters to form a larger project.
This approach should give me a still better sense of just how committed the year ahead already is. It should also help me see better throughout the year what progress is or isn’t really being made on those kinds of larger projects.
Your thinking back over 2019 and ahead to 2020 may well highlight something different you want to change.
Whatever it is, apply what you learned from 2019 to help you be more intentional now about the time you have in front of you in the new year.
What do you want to achieve in 2020? How might you plan out the work you need to do to complete those goals?
If you haven’t done so yet, please take just a couple minutes to complete the 2019 reader survey and help shape the content I release in 2020.
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