What went well this year? What didn’t go so well?

Chris Guillebeau recently started publishing the process of his year-end review for 2011. To begin, he noted the two general questions that are most important for the review process:

  • What went well this year?
  • What did not go well this year?

It sounds pretty simple, but I certainly don’t review these questions each year. I mean, I consider them in vague terms, but I rarely hammer out specifics.

Most of the time around this time of year, I’m thinking only about the plans for the coming year. I reflect in vague terms, and as a result I draw up my plans for the future in vague terms.

Really bad.

Not only that, but without the review, it’s easy for me to keep repeating the same lame mistakes, perhaps just in different situations with different interests.

This year, I’m making more of a conscious effort to review what’s happened over the past year instead of immediately diving into plans for the coming year.

What went well in 2011? What did not go so well?