Why Fall is a Great Time for Review + Goal Setting

Seriously, where has this year gone? With November just around the corner, it’s inevitable to start thinking about the year winding down and start planning for the new year ahead. For me, Fall is a time of reflection and goal setting.

There’s something about the change to cooler weather that causes a mindset shift for me every year. Maybe the fact that my birthday is in November also has something to do with it. My birthday is always a reminder to me to take a look back at the past year and reflect. It’s a time to sit down and analyze what went well this year, what I would still like to accomplish, and what I want next year to look like.

Have you ever done a (pre) year end review? Fall is the best time to take a look back and plan for the year ahead. Goal setting at it's finest!

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The (Pre) Year-End Review

So often we hear coaches touting the benefits of a year-end review. When it comes to goal setting I like to do what I’ve always called a (pre) year-end review as well. Around this time every year, I take stock of everything I have accomplished so far. I also take a look at my master to-do list and see what unfinished business I have. Then, I make a list of goals that I can tackle before January to finish the year off strong.

If you’ve been spending time with me here for a while, then you’ve probably heard me sing the praises of my favorite creative business coach, Lisa Jacobs. Being the goal setting nerd that I am, I was thrilled when she posted her 16 Before 2016: A Goal Setting Challenge earlier this week.

16 Before 2016: A Goal-Setting Challenge

Of course, I gladly accepted the challenge and turned to my trusty Bullet Journal to lay it all out :)

Goal Setting for the Year Ahead

Once I’ve mapped out the final months of the year, I turn my attention to the year ahead. This process hasn’t always been easy for me, and I never really had a method to my madness. I would simply brainstorm a giant list of things that I want to do and accomplish.

While I don’t recommend my “throw-it-out-there-and-hope-it-gets-done” method, it is what has (kind of) worked for me for the past several years. Let’s face it. The majority of people (a staggering 95% by most accounts) do not set goals. So, just the fact that I was writing my goals down on paper already put me in the top 5%. But I knew that I needed a more actionable way to approach my goal setting.

Enter the *Your Best Year 2016: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner by Lisa Jacobs.

UPDATE: Your Best Year 2017 is here! Check out my full review right here :)

Your Best Year 2016. This workbook = results. Are you ready to make it happen already?!

Here’s what Lisa has to say about Your Best Year 2016:

Your Best Year 2016 is the only planner on the market that allows you to create a fluid, long-term plan specifically designed for creative entrepreneurs.

Your Best Year 2016: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner includes …

  • A place to capture your wins each month: Creative businesses can feel slow-moving, even when you’re getting a lot done and making a lot of progress. This book is designed to help you regularly record + review the wins you’re creating.
  • A record of review: By the end of the year, what worked and what didn’t won’t end in a question mark. You’ll know exactly what you need to do to create a more successful business.
  • A focus on the five pillars: You are your business, and it’s often hard to separate personal from professional life. This book doesn’t try to. Without you, there is no business! You’ll be encouraged to focus on all aspects of your wellbeing (financial, physical, relational, spiritual and mental).
  • A record of memorable moments: Whether you’re recording personal or professional events, there’s a designated section to help you remember what matters.
  • Improved habit maker + tracker: We are creatures of habit, and I can’t tell you how many New Years I started off with the best intentions, only to find myself back in the same rut within three months. Trust me, it’s not for lack of trying! We’re wired to repeat our mistakes, but this book helps you conquer that.
  • A revolutionary goal setting system: I love this new system, and I know you will, too. I developed it in early 2015, and it’s been a game-changer for my career. I encourage you to hold the year’s vision loosely and remain open to unexpected opportunities this year. I designed this system specifically for creative entrepreneurs so that it allows your plan to unfold and evolve in the best way imaginable.
  • A revolutionary risk assessment worksheet: Should you go after that big dream? Should you make that big investment? Wonder no more! This simple worksheet will help you make the decision and get over your fear once and for all.
  • A mix of instruction and application: At 154 letter-sized pages, this book is ready to teach and help you tackle this business once and for all!
  • Planner tools for 2016: I haven’t even told you about the planners yet! Your Best Year 2016 includes an annual overview with objectives, quarterly goal setting, monthly overviews, monthly tasks and priorities, weekly overviews, weekly tasks and habit trackers.

Your Best Year 2016. This workbook = results. Are you ready to make it happen already?!


Sounds amazing, right? I thought so too, and let me tell you: When I got my hands on a copy of this amazing workbook, I was completely blown away by the depth of the exercises within.

Lisa provides great insights, thought-provoking prompts, and plenty of space to write — all while building a great picture of what 2016 will look like for you.

If you’re like me, and you want to make 2016 your best year yet, then I can’t recommend this workbook enough! I’m touting *Your Best Year 2016 as the best investment I have made both for myself and for my business all year!

UPDATE: Your Best Year 2017 is here! Check out my full review right here :)

* This post contains affiliate links. In plain English, this means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. You will never see me post a link to a product or service that I haven’t used myself and love! (Learn more here)


What are some of your goals for 2016? Are you ready to make it your best year ever?

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