Why is it important to do your year-end review

December 11, 2017 12 Comments

It comes this time of the year again – review time!!! We are 11 days into December now, and only 20 days away from stepping into a new year. How are you traveling with your ‘new year’s resolutions for 2017’? Exactly one year ago, I wrote on a post on how to perform a year-end review (Click HERE for the post). I thought about recycle that material for this year’s post for a second, then I decided to do something different for a change. I’m going to review my entire 2017 and share it here with you, with everyone!


However, before we go into the details of my year-end review, I have highlighted the importance of performing a year-end review below

  • Keep you tracking of how you performing throughout the year
  • Tracking your achievement throughout the year will give new inspirations for setting your goals and resolutions for the next year
  • Gives yourself a pad on the shoulder for your achievements and a reason to celebrate even more during the festive season
  • There is a build-in momentum and energy if you are on track and doing well
  • Don’t be stressed if you are tick off all your goals from the list, let’s put them on the list for the next year, but target to tick them off at the beginning of the year instead towards the end.


So…How does my year-end review look like?

2017 has been a turning point in my life, at least the career part of my life. After working in finance for 8 years, I had finally made a decision to leave the industry and pursue something different. On the day of resignation, I had no concrete plan but just a determined mind of leaving this industry for good.


Why did I leave investment bank industry, where every graduate would be dreaming to get set a foot there? The truth is there aren’t overarching reasons, the issue did not occur on one day…Banking industry has been stuck to the status quo over the last decade, in other words, it has been a sink ship giving the rising of the tech start-ups and and the disruption caused by blockchain. Many of the banks are forced to download to reduced their operating costs by cutting the back office staff and front office have been bullied with impossible sales targets. Among those changes, I see no light in my banking career but a mountain high stress snowballing towards my way. To be honest, earlier this year I was seeing psychologist in order to keep my sanity together. This isn’t something that is untrue and grossly exaggerated, many of the seemingly glamorous bankers out there might actually echo my voices. The invisible monster of stress was slowing eating me from inside, till I had no soul left in my body, but a walking corpse. When I had no motivation to wake up in the morning each day, that was the moment I decided to take charge of my own life and do something about it.


I never actually experienced the true essence of ‘Free as a Bird’, till the moment I have resigned. I took three months traveling the world. Time was a luxury I couldn’t afford in the days I had the banking job. I could barely travel anywhere for more than a week. As some of you who followed my previous posts, you probably read that I was traveling in Israel, Mauritius, Japan, Italy, Georgia, Spain, Thailand (a few times), Bali, Australia and China during this summer. It was definitely a good break for my body and mind. However, life isn’t just a journey about traveling and what would be my next step after that?


The funny thing is, Life always has its own way of playing things out. Things come around when you are least looking. I have landed many Top Tier Brands, like Tom Ford, Mont Blanc, Furla, Google, Samsung, Lane Crawford, etc., after I have resigned. I have started a social media consultancy company helping fashion brands and individuals with their social media market strategy and growth hacking.


So let’s get back to my year-end review questions… Did I archive my goals for 2017? Yes! I’ve always wanted to do something about 7am – 8pm job, and I’m so proud that I finally got back to the driver’s seat to took charge of my own life. How was the journey along the way? Just like a roll-coaster. There were ups and downs, but the most important thing is to enjoy the ride and eventually you will get there. I’m proud and glad to finish my 2017 on a high note!

Here’s a list of sample questions you can use to help you reflect, appreciate and get excited for 2017

For your 2017

  1. If you had to describe your 2016 in 3 words, what would they be?
  2. What new things did you discover about yourself?
  3. What single achievement are you most proud of?
  4. What was the best news you received?
  5. What was your favorite place that you visited in 2016?
  6. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
  7. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
  8. Which new skills did you learn?
  9. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  10. If someone wrote a book about your life in 2016, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
  11. What was the most important lesson you learned in 2016?
  12. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
  13. What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
  14. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
  15. What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
  16. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
  17. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
  18. Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
  19. What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
  20. What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
  21. Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
  22. What experience would you love to do all over again?
  23. How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
  24. What was the biggest problem you solved?
  25. What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
  26. What one thing would you do differently and why?
  27. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
  28. What activities made you lose track of time?
  29. What did you think about more than anything else?
  30. What advice would you give your early-2016 self if you could?
  31. Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?
  32. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?

For your 2018

  1. What do you want the overarching theme for your 2017 to be?
  2. What do you want to see, discover, explore?
  3. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2017?
  4. What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
  5. Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
  6. What do you want your everyday life to be like?
  7. Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
  8. What do you want to achieve career-wise?
  9. What do you plan to tick off during 2017 from your travel bucket list?
  10. What is your number one goal for 2017?


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  1. sharon

    January 1, 2018

    I feel like this year flew so fast I wasn’t left with much time to do self-reflection! It’s great that you encourage doing a year-end review. I’ll have to think about this tonight as I go into the new year haha. Happy new year babe! xo, sharon


  2. Jo

    December 19, 2017

    Congratulations on achieving your goals for the year! You are such an inspiration. Thanks for your very helpful year-end checklist. I’m taking some time off for the holiday season and as much as I will enjoy have some R&R time, I know I will get restless doing nothing and I’ll be thinking of these questions for sure. Bring on 2018!

    Happy holidays babe! Wishing you all the best for the new year!

    xo, Jo

  3. Irina

    December 19, 2017

    I love your idea! This is a great tradition:)


  4. wyrob pieczatek,

    December 14, 2017

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look
    of your website is great, as well as the content!

  5. Samantha Mariko

    December 13, 2017

    I will definitely be doing a review post for 2017 going on to 2018! That’s awesome you were able to achieve so many goals in this past year – you definitely need to give yourself a HUGE pat on the back 🙂 Hope you start traveling again and come to Tokyo sometime <3
    xo Samantha

  6. Cindy Elena

    December 13, 2017

    This is such a great idea, definitely something I’m going to do!
    Thanks so much for the idea.

    xo | Cindy Elena

  7. rachel

    December 13, 2017

    Yes, it’s so important to go do our year-end review. Thank you for sharing all of your tips babe.

  8. Jessi Malay

    December 13, 2017

    This is such a great post babe. 2017 has definitely being a big year for me, getting engaged, married, and soon to be meeting my baby girl! Congratulations on meeting your goal babe!

    XO, Jessi

  9. marcy

    December 12, 2017

    Such a great post babe I actually have never thought about this in details but is not a bad idea to review your year and see how much did we actually achieve and what our new goals of the new upcoming year! Thanks for been such a great inspiration.


  10. Gracie

    December 12, 2017

    I love this post. I need to do more journaling of my past accomplishment and what my future accomplishment goals might be. Congratulations on accomplishing your goals for 2017.



  11. Christine Kong

    December 12, 2017

    This is such a great post and perfect for goal setting for the new year. I love that you went with your gut and followed your passions. It’s been exciting to watch you grow as an influencer but also as an individual. You have seen and experienced so many things and have more to do as well! These thought provoking questions are a great start to reviewing what you accomplished and what more you want to do. I need to get started on this asap! xoxo, Christine

  12. Mariann Yip

    December 11, 2017

    I love this post so much because I agree that it’s important to do a self reflection at the end of each month. I’m so glad that you found your passion and was able to take a risk and leave the investment bank industry. I’m sure traveling has opened your eyes to what the world has to offer and I hope to travel more in 2018!

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