The end of anything is the time to conclude, summarize, and evaluate how the process, program, whatever you are finishing. Some people look at the end of a calendar year as a chance to do just that, evaluate the previous year and make some decisions and even goals for the upcoming year. We can look at the end of the year as a chance to beat ourselves up over the lack of progress or lack of goals achieved in the past year. Year-end should be simply an evaluation of did this get done or not, without any judgement. That can be hard to do. Simply reviewing the prior year to gain understanding or an assessment of where things are so that you can make plans for the upcoming year. It should be a time marker or progress check in.
Goals are good and we should all have them, and you need to check in with the progress against the goal. Do not put a lot of pressure on your year-end other than to check in. When you have disrupters that appear in your life it can pause your goals or even shift your goals. Learn to make adjustments as you go along.
I have had a few of those in the past couple of years. I started working for a company and had big plans and goals to do things. There were expectations on me as well from my new boss and company. In the two years I worked for the company a few things happened along the way. My daughter got married, my physical health needed some serious attention, my brother died, I got to focus on my mental health, and I got to focus on my family relationships. I got the chance to focus on the things I needed to without even knowing I would need to focus on them. Being with that company gave me the chance to focus on those things. Now I was not as successful with my job as I wanted to be, or they wanted me to be. I did get to learn a lot during that time and now my goals have been adjusted. I became aware of the shifting of goals during that time, and I got to learn from them and not be judgmental of myself or others during that time.