Personal Retrospective 2017

As this year is coming slowly to an end, I like to use this Sunday to experiment with a little personal Retrospective. We already did two good retros at work so I decided to one for myself.

Set the stage

As a method for setting the stage I use Check In-Questions

What do I expect to get out of this Retrospective?

Analyzing good and bad habits

Gather Data

Because I’m not really mad or sad about things happening this year I formulate the questions to: What do I want to

  • Do More
  • Do Less
  • Keep Doing

Here are my items

Do more

  • Exercise
  • Spend time with kids
  • Eat healthier
  • Reading

Do Less

  • Buying books
  • Social Media (FB, 9Gag)

Keep doing

  • Going to barcamps
  • Drink enough water
  • Budgeting with YNAB

Generate insights

As a method to generate insights I choose the 5 Whys.

Let’s start with the do Less list:

I buy so many books that I barely read them cover to cover.

  • Why do I buy so many books? – Because I enjoy reading
  • Why? – Because I like to know more about things
  • Why? – Because I want to have an knowledge advantage at work
  • Why? – Perhaps I fear a job loss
  • Why? – Times are tough in the automotive industry

Decide what to do

Smart goals

Regarding books I will restrict myself to buying one book per month.

Close the Retrospective

I drink a beer ?