#297: How to do a Year-End Review with Doug Smith

How to do a Year-End Review with Doug Smith

A year-end review is a process where you spend a few days going through your journals, calendars, photos, and more from the year, extracting all of the lessons and memories that you can in order to maximize your growth for the year. I’ve been doing this since 2004, typing up a report of my year after each one, and I can’t recommend this practice enough.

Today, you’ll hear a replay of an episode I did a few years ago on year-end reviews. In it, I walk you through doing a year-end review. I explain why you need to do one, I note the importance of actually scheduling a time and place for it, and I tell you why you shouldn’t be deterred by the fact that your first year-end review won’t be perfect. I list what you should bring, I talk about the perks of having a year-end dinner with your spouse, and I share words of wisdom from John Maxwell on the value of evaluated experience.

“You don’t grow just by getting another year older. You grow through reflecting, learning, and making changes as necessary.”

– Doug Smith

Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:

● Why the best kind of year-end review is the one that you’ll actually follow

● Why you should push forward, even if your first review won’t be perfect

● The importance of scheduling a time and place for your review

● What to bring with you to your review

Mentioned Resources:

Year-End Review Template

Living Forward by Michael Hyatt (Affiliate Link)

How to Journal


The Five Minute Journal App

● Reach out at dougsmith@l3leadership.org

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