Perfect the Art of Self-Evaluation
Is it essential to perfect the art of self-evaluation. There is little point in committing to self-improvement if you do not implement an evaluation process.
In a recent article, we discussed the importance of establishing concrete objectives. When you adopt concrete objectives, you create benchmarks to measure yourself against. As you work on your overall goal, you have a target to aim for. More important, you have a target to evaluate yourself against.
You must determine the criteria to measure yourself against. This is a vital step when it comes to determining your progress. Without self-evaluation, you will not be able to determine what is working and what is not.
I have implemented daily, weekly, monthly and yearly self-evaluation reports. I cannot stress enough the valuable insight I have extracted through these reports. They have motivated me to become the best individual that I can be and to work even harder towards achieving my goals. I cover them extensively in my No Excuses Training course, but I will highlight them below:
At the end of each day, I review what I have accomplished and compare this to my daily ‘to do’ list. If a task remains outstanding, I commented as to why I did not work on it or complete it.
Usually, the task is not important and I eliminate it from my daily ‘to do’ list. I need to clear room for what’s important in life and most related to my concrete objectives.
Finally, I journal for a bit about how I felt, what I learnt, and key takeaways from the day. If something has worked extremely well, or I’m enjoying it, I make plans to implement it more often. I make sure to record at least two major wins for the day and one thing to work on going forward.
This is the aggregate of my daily reports. I review each day based on my notes. I save key highlights, insights, and important ideas/notes. I truncate this into a small list and store it with my other weekly reports.
Before closing out the week, I contemplate on how it went. Was it a productive week? Can I improve it? Was I able to complete everything I wanted? Have I made progress towards my concrete objectives?
This is a review of my weekly reports for the month. I conduct the same process as my weekly reporting period.
What separates this report from the others is that I dive deeper into how I’ve progressed. I measure my results and compare them to my goals/objectives. I note if I’ve made progress and try to attribute it to something I did during the month. Same if I’ve regressed.
You can do this for the year as well. I extract the key takeaway from each month and rank my progress from my most successful months to my least successful ones. Beside each month, I’ll list my habits that led to success or failure.
My goal is to create a list of five habits to continue into the next year and five habits to eliminate.
The entire process exists to create efficiency and to isolate the habits that lead to success. Without measuring our progress, we cannot conduct this analysis.
The key point is to understand your concrete objectives and to record your progress. Establish what works and what does not. Eliminate waste and implement habits that produce results.