Complete a Creative Annual Review to Improve Your Work

How to complete a Creative Annual ReviewYour boss makes you do an annual review at work to make sure you’re doing your best and constantly improving — why wouldn’t you want to complete a creative annual review for your own work?

Every December, I set aside several hours (generally spread out over several days) to complete a personal annual review and a creative annual review and set goals for the following year, based on Chris Guillebeau’s method. This year I’m incorporating methods from Robert Pozen’s Extreme Productivity to organize and prioritize my goals. I assess all aspects of my creative life — creative work, process, skills, relationships, business — for what went well and what could be improved.

(Article last updated December 2017)

(See my 2017 creative annual review, assessing my writing and illustration for the year and outlining changes to my work practice in 2018.)

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