Takeaway: An end-of-year productivity review has three steps. First, make a list of 20 milestone accomplishments from the past year. Then, look at your “hotspots,” to see where you over and under-invested your time, attention, and energy. Finally, choose three goals—not resolutions—to accomplish in the next year.

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It’s worth conducting a productivity review at the end of the year—whether you’re a fan of New Year’s resolutions or not.1

A yearly productivity review should include three elements:

  1. A list of the things you accomplished over the past year;
  2. A look at your “hotspots” to determine where you invested your time, attention, and energy;
  3. Three intentions for the year ahead—for your work and personal life.

Let’s start with the list of accomplishments. Make note of 20 things you accomplished this year. I’m a big fan of…

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