5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Evaluation

Self-evaluation is the most important aspect of improving yourself, aside from actually doing what is necessary to improve. After all, how can you become better, if you don’t know where your skills are lacking? We’ve talked about evaluation before, in the form of learning journals, asking your teachers, and January’s freebie, the Knowledge and Control of Process eBook. Today, we’re going to talk about it in general, because I know that many people do not understand the full potential of self-evaluation. Here’s 5 ways to be better at self-evaluation.

  1. Make it Personal

    The most important thing about self-assessment is that it is totally personal. While you may ask other for advice, it is up to you whether you choose to take on this advice, or whether you throw it away. There’s no point following someone’s advice if you don’t think it’s worthwhile. It’s also important to make sure that you believe what you’re saying, because if you don’t, how can you believe it can be fixed?

  2. Be Intrinsically Motivated

    By making it personal, you are also providing yourself with an extra incentive for completing your goals. After all, who really likes doing what people tell them? No one, it’s much better when you are doing it for yourself. There is no better motivation for doing something than the pure desire to learn and improve.

  3. Take Your Time

    There isn’t a limit on how much you improve, so why should there be one on how much time you spend thinking of ways? Don’t rush through it, it’s for your eyes only, so you don’t have to worry about feeling dumb. Think over your answers properly, taking time to say what you really want to. And never use the excuse I don’t have time. There is always time. If you can’t seem to find any, try Chris Baty’s Time Finder.

  4. Don’t Be Cynical

    If you’re looking over your evaluation, whether a few weeks, months, or even years after it was written, be positive about what you were saying. If you’re negative, it may stop you from writing again, because it seems stupid, regardless of whether it is or not. That leads us nicely into the final point.

  5. Be Confident

    While it’s good to be wary of your weaknesses, don’t let them get you down, or stop you from writing. Even being critical of previous evaluations will leave you with a lower self-esteem. It’s not only losers who spend time evaluating their work, and you are able to solve your problems if you first identify them.

So that’s it. What did you think? Do you think you’ll give self-evaluation a go? If you’re a seasoned evaluator, what tips do you have for the newbies?


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About Katie Walker

Hey, I'm a student. I'm into web development, so currently I'm working on my blog, a few Tumblr themes, and a few web apps for various purposes. It's exciting stuff.

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