During the turbulence and transition of last year's end, I took New Year's Eve as an opportunity to reflect, thinking deeply about the year that had just transpired and the ideal upcoming year that I wanted to create for myself. That thought-space begged for a framework, and what follows is the framework for a Personal Year-End Review that I created last year (to astounding effect that I can only describe as transformational) and will use again this year and every year after. (To access a PDF version that you can print out and fill out by hand, click here.) Do you have any year-end rituals? Have you completed a personal review before? How has it transformed your life?
Personal Year-End Review
(Tip: Take your time, and unless otherwise indicated, try to aim for three responses to each question for this reason.)
1. The greatest things that happened in the past year (Try for 10):
2. I am most proud of these accomplishments:
3. Great lessons I learned last year:
4. Personal developments I've made in the past year:
5. If I could do things again last year, I would do these things differently:
6. Things I need to do less of in the next year:
7. Things I need to do more of next year:
8. People who I need to forgive:
9. What goals did I achieve this year?
10. How was the past year different than what I expected?
11. Three goals I want to achieve next year:
12. What new habits can I cultivate that will help me to achieve my goals?
13. The smartest decision I made last year:
14. The biggest risk I took last year:
15: One sentence that sums up last year:
16. One year from now, I want my ideal day to look like this:
17. The 10 things I am most grateful for right now:
Keep your completed review somewhere safe and don't forget to review it at the end of the next year! I like to save my year-end reviews in Evernote. Simply copy and paste the above framework.