Each year I take New Year's Eve as an opportunity to reflect, thinking deeply about the year that just transpired and the ideal upcoming year that I want to create for myself. That thought-space begs for a framework. What follows is the Personal Year-End Review exercise that I created in 2014 and have continued to use since. Do you have any year-end rituals? Have you completed a personal review before? How has it made a positive impact?
Copy and paste the questions below into your favorite digital note-keeping app. My favorite is Evernote, where I can quickly access all of my year-end reviews in one place from any of my devices. For a free PDF version to print and fill out by hand, click here.
Personal Year-End Review
(Tip: Take your time, and unless otherwise indicated, aim for three responses to each question, for this reason.)
1. The greatest things that happened in the past year (Try for 8-10):
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: