Annual Reviews

Each year, I write an annual review and share it publicly. This is based on James Clear’s idea.

In the review I answer 3 (and a half) questions:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year (obstacles, problems)?
  3. What did I learn (ideas, insights, epiphanies, wins) and what am I working toward?

I expect this format to have similar impact on my business and life as the now page (inspired by Derek Sivers) does. You can read all my annual reviews below.

All Annual Reviews

A complete list of Annual Reviews I have written. Enjoy!


In the small team I’m working at part-time we have a similar format of questions that we answer by email every month (it used to be every 2 weeks and even once a week but it was too much).

We answered these questions:

  1. What have you been working on in the last 4 weeks?
  2. What went well, what could have gone better?
  3. What will you be working on in the next 4 weeks?
  4. Other business or private things to share

We came up with these questions based on how a daily scrum meeting works. The team meets in the morning, all of them standing and answering the questions: What did you do yesterday? What will you do today? Are there any impediments in your way? The next morning the team meets again and they will see what got done - so there’s an accountability aspect to it.

So, I’m using the insights from the monthly reviews to answer the annual review. That makes it easier to wrap up a year, imho.

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