The end of the year is nigh and hence the time for reflections, evaluations, personal assessments and the ever famous office parties.
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Personal Evaluation of your Professional and Social Life
One simple guide to assessing yourself is to use the SWOT method.
In personal assessment it is key to ensure you are brutally honest and realistic with yourself.
1. S - STRENGTHS
Take an in-depth look at your current situation and pick out internal positive aspects you would refer to as your strong points. One may consider love for the work you do or love of your spouse a strong point. You may ask yourself a couple of questions:
- What are your year’s successes?
- Have you been awarded or singled out for something you did the past year?
- Did you accomplish all your goals and objectives?
- Were you consistent in your work flow?
Make a conscious plan to keep your strong points as they are or even stronger if possible.
2. W- WEAKNESSES
Internal negative aspects of yourself that you can make a conscious effort to improve on within reason. As humans we find it relatively hard to identify the areas we are weak in. You may ask yourself:
- How many times were you late to the office, appointment, event or social gathering?
- Have you been reprimanded for one thing or the other by a colleague, supervisor, boss or friend on more than one occasion?
- Did you fail at something you set out to do by a fault of your own?
- Have you lost a job, client, friend or spouse in the past year as a result of something within your control?
Make a conscious effort to work on your weaknesses; be it to improve them or to eliminate them completely.
3. O – OPPORTUNITIES
These are positive external conditions not within your control but of which you can plan to take advantage. What opportunities came your way this year and how many of them did you grab?
You may also look at opportunities that will be available to you if you improve on something. For Example; you may be liable for a promotion or a pay rise if you advance your qualifications perhaps by furthering your education. Make a conscious effort to en
4. T – THREATS
What is threatening your status quo? At work it could be a colleague with superior skills or experience threatening your job or position. Set goals to level the playing field by gaining the extra skills or being very efficient at your job by maintaining your strengths and improving your weaknesses thus maximizing your output.