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The Mid-Year Review: Organizing it All in Your Bullet Journal

This week I’ve shared with you why it’s important to perform a mid-year review, and how to go about carrying one out. But what do you do with the information you’ve acquired once your review is complete?

Some people tuck it away into a drawer, or a file, and forget about it. That’s not my style. I like to create layouts, using the data, in my bullet journal. This allows me to reference back to where I was mid-year, and also helps me perform my end-of-the-year review (more on that in December).

Mid-Year Review Layout in a Bullet Journal

First, using my list of goals from the start of the year and my list of wins, I create a list of goals met and not met. You’ll notice I did not list all my wins on this page. The purpose was to document goal progression, not document every good thing that has happened all year. That isn’t to say you couldn’t create a seperate page for that, because you certainly could. I chose not to. Some of the goals I met are from the second-half of the year, and I put them on the list. I also documented goals that I reached that were on next years list, such as move the clothes line and get a new grill.

Under goals not met, I separated that group into two categories: goals I want to carry forward into the second half of the year, and goals I want to let go of. I’m not going to start spring cleaning in the middle of the summer when fall cleaning is just around the corner. Similarly, I’ve been nursing a wrist injury since December 3rd, and no matter how much I want for it to be better, the healing is out of my control. I may not be able to build the strength back up in my wrist until next year at this point, so the 1 pushup goal got kicked off the list.

Mid-Year Review: Looking Ahead Layout in a Bullet Journal

Next, I looked ahead to the goals I set for the second half of the year. As I mentioned in my last post, it is easy to get carried away during the fresh start of the year with ambitious goal setting. Life happens in the meantime, and the goals you thought you were going to be able to work on in January may not be realistic come September or November.

I broke the goals for the rest of the year into four groups: still on task, let go of, modify, and add. Still on task are goals I plan to still (hopefully) meet by the end of the year. The goals I let go of involve using my wrist in ways I still can’t, as do some of my modified goals. I can’t knit for very long, so I dropped my finished project goal down to 3 from 6. I realized that I am not likely going to finish either the Disney Scrapbook (though, maybe) or the Konmari method before this year ends, so those are ongoing projects. I haven’t had time to look for a writer’s conference to attend this fall, and we are saving for a big vacation in 2018, so I’m adjusting that as well. I think it’s important to stay flexible with goals instead of just giving up on them.

Finally, there are some things I added that I would like to get done, or work on during the last half of the year, just as there were items I added to the first half of the year. It’s hard to know in January just how your year is going to look, which is why it’s good to have fluid goals that can change and adapt.

Mid-Year Review: Reflecting in a Bullet Journal

The last thing I did was some personal reflection on how the first half of the year went. I did this in a similar way to how I carry out my end-of-the week reflections, with a bit of a twist. Instead of asking myself, what’s working, what’s not working, and what could be going better, I asked the questions:what’s going well, what has been hard, and what needs improvement? I felt those questions were more positive and gave a better overview of this year so far. Some parts of the year have been going well, and other parts have been very hard. What needs improvements is a direct result of what’s been hard, and if I had just written out “what’s not working?”, I wouldn’t have this snapshot of the what/why relationship. Obviously this is just a brief overview, but that’s because it’s not a personal journal, it’s just one page in my bullet journal. It also answers a lot of questions I would have looking back on this journal about why I have long rows of empty spaces in my task tracker, or tasks that keep getting migrated forward week to week. It’s for my own personal use, and you could adjust it to suit your needs however you see fit.

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