How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.

<aside> πŸ’‘ This template can be reused each year, but it is a LIVING document. Feel free to add to it, change the structure, and play with it. This template was first inspired by Tiago Forte and David Perell’s Annual Review workshop and later modified by Kevin Lee (@kevinleeme).


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<aside> πŸ’‘ Keep these principles in mind as you complete your review to ensure that you get the most out of it.


1 - Intuition over Analysis

Not everything can be formalized into an analyzable form (and even if it could, it might take a wicked long time β€” see principles 2 and 3). A lot of what we know is internalized in "gut feelings" or "intuition". Use this to your advantage! It has developed over your life time. Your intuition can help guide your next year into alignment with who you are and who you want to be.

2 - The 80/20 Rule

Most data in life is power law distributed; this means that a relatively small proportion of factors produce a large proportion of the effect (e.g. 20% of the input produces 80% of the output). Be judicious in the work you do throughout the annual review to make sure you are extracting the most value for yourself. Don't let the review take more from you than you get see principle 4).

3 - Completion over Perfection

Don't let yourself get hung up on making everything perfect. You might see fancy annual reviews that look amazing with photos, videos, etc. Yours does not need to look like that! Especially if you have not set up the right habits to make the creation of such a review easy, you will end up spending a lot more effort than value you get (see principles 2 and 4).

4 - The Annual Review is a Tool

If something in this review does not resonate with you at this point in time, skip it! If you think it needs to be changed, change it! Don't fall into the trap of thinking you need to complete everything in some very structured or specific way. Tools are meant to be used for a purpose β€” make sure you are accomplishing that goal.

Getting Prepared

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