It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over. As the year winds down, it’s natural (and good!) to reflect on the past 12 months. In fact, doing so can help set you up for a more successful new year.
Now, 12 months is a lot to reflect on. To help narrow the scope, here are 12 questions - some about you, some about your organization’s membership - to ask yourself for an even better (and more successful) 2019:
- Over the past year, what am I most proud of?
- What’s one thing I wanted to accomplish in 2018, but didn’t?
- What kept me from achieving that?
- Over the past year, when did I feel inspired?
- How can I recreate those moments in 2019?
- What did I do to sharpen my skill sets in 2018?
- What skill sets would I like to sharpen in 2019?
- What’s one thing I can do to better manage my time in the new year?
About your organization’s membership…
- Regarding our membership, what surprised me the most in 2018?
- What’s one new initiative that we tried this year that was successful?
- What’s one new initiative that we tried this year that was not successful?
- Why wasn’t it successful (in my opinion)?
- What’s one new initiative that I’d like to try out in 2019?
- Regarding our membership, what’s one difference I’d like to see in 2019? (For example, more XYZ, less XYZ, etc.)
- What feedback did we hear the most of in 2018?
- What can we do in 2019 to implement some of that feedback?
Now as far as the personal questions go, you can keep those to yourself, if you’d like. But we highly recommend having your coworkers answer that second set of questions and then comparing your team’s answers. Not only does that offer a multitude of perspectives, but you can then decide as a team how to proceed - and be better! - in 2019.
Reflection is the key to learning and the first step to growth and success.
Speaking of setting yourself up for a successful 2019, check out our Ultimate Guide to Membership Management below! It’s filled with best practices for member recruitment, onboarding, engagement, retention, and more. So whether you’re interested in tweaking an existing initiative or trying out something new altogether, we’ve got some tips and best practices for you and your team!