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It is hard to believe that 2013 is more than half over!  Time flies when you are having fun.

Chance you may be taking a bit of a break this week (at least if you are in the US, since this week is the 4th of July), and breaks can be the perfect time for a little self-reflection.

“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”

Thomas Edison


Whether you set goals for the year or not, it is the perfect time to take inventory of where you are, focus on your destination, and formulate a new plan to take you there.


Every day matters.

Just think about what you are now – if you take your age and multiply it by 365 and then subtract that number from 27,375 (that’s the number of days in the average lifespan).



What do you want to accomplish in the days in you left?

  1. When we fail to achieve our goals, it often has to do with how we have allocated our time.  What are your top 6 values/priorities or hobbies?
  2. What is your vision for each of those 6 things?
  3. What are you doing in your life that doesn’t support these 6 items?  One thing to try is to take the last 6 months and draw a pie chart – how did your time break down?  Are the areas or parts of your life that aren’t aligning with your top 6?
  4. Focus is often essential to getting more done.  Are there parts of your life that can be put on autopilot with a little more effort?  How can you streamline things freeing you up to get more done (reusable checklists, for example)?
  5. Sometimes you have to learn to say “NO” so you can say “YES”.  Were there times in the last 6 months where you took on work or items that didn’t move you toward your top 6?
  6. Who is someone you would like to emulate and learn from?  What do you hope to learn from them and how can you do that in the remainder of the year?

    “We become what we do repeatedly.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act.  It is a habit.”   – Aristotle

  7. Are there things you could be doing to build better habits?  Write down a plan and schedule the time to create one new habit in the rest of the year.
  8. We all think about the things we will do “someday”.  Someday I will go to Thailand.  Someday I will fit back into those pants.  Well why not today?  Pick 3 things you have been procrastinating on and write down one thing you can do this week to get started on them.

Remember that you only live life once.  

Every day matters.


Tags: midyear review, reflection,

4 Responses to “8 Questions You Should Be Asking At Midyear”

  1. Shrutarshi Basu

    The “What’s your vision” section only has 5 usable rows for (I’m guessing) 6 entries. Not a big deal, just wanted to let you know. Thanks for making the sheet though. I’ve been in a mid-year contemplative mood for the past few days and having something concrete to work through is nice.

  2. katemats

    Hey Shrutarshi! Good catch – I think there was 6, but there needed to be more space – thanks for the heads up. I updated the pdf so now there is no mistaking the 6 entries :)

    Hope the midyear questions were useful!

  3. Cristin

    Oops, I can’t get to the PDF, I get an error message “access denied.” I am looking forward to it though, I’ve only got 15,695 days to go!