Previously, I wrote about how I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. I think we should have resolve to get after our goals regardless of what it says on the calendar. HOWEVER, I love Year End Reflections! The last few days on the calendar are a great time to review:
- how I spent my year,
- how my priorities have changed,
- what slipped through the cracks that is STILL important to me,
- and what I DID accomplish that I’m proud of.
Year End Reflections are important!
Regardless of the value or effectiveness of New Year’s Resolutions, we all approach a new year with that “starting fresh” mentality. Nothing will better inform and shape how you approach your new year than a good, honest Year End Reflection.
Here’s my template for a Year End Reflection:
- List your top 10 highlights. This can be an accomplishment like a race PR or one of your favorite moments/memories from the year like the family vacation.
- List your top 5 disappointments. What did you do/not do that bothered you? Was it bailing on a friend in need? Not being able to lose those last 5 lbs?
- List your top 3 game changers. What unexpected things came along that changed your priorities? Did you discover a passion for pilates? Find out you were allergic to something and needed to change your diet? Get a new puppy?
- List 3 things you focused on. See any patterns in your highlights? What are the 3 main areas in your life that you spent the majority of your time on this year?
- List 3 things you forgot. See any patterns in your disappointments? What are the 3 main areas of your life that you neglected the most?
- Reflection. What will you change? Let this inform your plans for the new year!
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What are your Year End Reflections? Take some dedicated time before New Year’s Eve to sit down and think about these things. Come back and share a few things you learned in the comments below if you want too!