Hi! It's me, Joris.

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๐Ÿ“‹ Yearly Life Reviews
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Stepping back, cleaning up, making changes

Like many techies/makers/engineers/<insert your flavor>, I suffer from a condition in which I endure (total) chaos in parts of my life while having a mild compulsion to over-structurize, organize and track other areas of my life ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

[Alex Vermeer's 8760 hours review process](https://alexvermeer.com/8760hours/) is really exhaustive - I highly recommend it.

Alex Vermeer’s 8760 hours review process is really exhaustive - I highly recommend it.

One of the things I’d categorize in the over-organization bucket is my Yearly Life Review, initially inspired by Alex Vermeer’s excellent 8760 hours review process. To use Alex’s words: “The end of a year is the perfect time to review oneโ€™s life, goals, plans, and projects, as well as plan for the upcoming year.”

Over the past few years, I’ve created my own version of this, as a structured check-list that I keep it in my digital brain (i.e. note-taking app :-) ). I usually start working on this intermittently starting somewhere mid-October, while spending a full week on it during an end-of-year vacation in late December.

Compared to the more open-ended 8760 hours process, my review process is more task-oriented and really a combination of reflection as well as a form of (digital) Spring Cleaning, with each task roughly falling in one of the following categories:

  1. Review and document the past: note down big life/world events, thoughts on technology, evaluate last year’s goals.
  2. Clean-up clutter: paperwork, digital identity/presence, house
  3. Get affairs in order (i.e. avoid regrets later): Review finances, insurance, health(care), take backups, house supplies, house maintenance
  4. Spend time on Big Picture Stuffโ„ข๏ธ: review life priorities, relationships, projects, make plans/resolutions

Obviously, some tasks like buying pantry supplies, taking backups and deep cleaning the house happen a few times through-out the year, but they explicitely also happen during the yearly reviews.

Here’s a version of the checklist that I cleaned up for public consumption. Some of these items have more thought and details behind them - future blog posts maybe? ๐Ÿ™‚

Yearly Review Checklist (PDF)

Yearly Review Checklist (Markdown)