Year in review: How did you measure up?

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Every year, practice owners review their employees, telling them what they did well and how they could improve. But have you ever taken time to give yourself a year-end review? Whether you're the boss, an associate, or a support staff member, you can benefit from evaluating your year, says Jinny Ditzler, author of Your Best Year Yet! A Proven Method for Making the Next Twelve Months the Most Successful Ever (Warner Books, 2000).

Every year, practice owners review their employees, telling them what they did well and how they could improve. But have you ever taken time to give yourself a year-end review? Whether you're the boss, an associate, or a support staff member, you can benefit from evaluating your year, says Jinny Ditzler, author of Your Best Year Yet! A Proven Method for Making the Next Twelve Months the Most Successful Ever (Warner Books, 2000).

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Ditzler recommends that you consider your accomplishments first. Spend one to three hours considering what you accomplished, what your biggest disappointments were, and what you learned for each month of the last year. To help jog your memory, use your work calendar or daily planner.

Next, analyze your disappointments. For each disappointment, think through what you learned from the experience. This exercise will help you learn how to improve for the coming year, and give you confidence in what you did well, Ditzler says.

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