December is the month for my annual Year-in-Reflection: a practice designed to review the previous year & vision for the upcoming.
I look through my Passion Planner & Google Calendar to remember all that I’ve done.
I reflect on what I’ve accomplished & what didn’t get done.
The practice is: reflecting without judgement.
What happened (or didn’t happen) is what happened.
No use in wasting energy over what coulda/shoulda/woulda!
Rather, I use my energy for visioning:
How can I take what happened (or didn’t happen) last year into the new year?
This could mean….
- brainstorming a new approach,
- asking for help, or
- permanently removing a task from my to-do list.
Each December I block out time on the calendar to dedicate to this annual practice I’ve found to be so, so helpful.
Not only does blocking time on the calendar create a boundary on other things getting in my way (hi, sparkling things!), I also need the boundary for completion (I could reflect & vision for daaaaays!).
Do you have an end of the year practice?
If not, I suggest you take at least 1 hour to think about where you’ve been & where you wanna go.
Ideally, give yourself a full day. Go for it. Draw, journal, meditate, collage.
Use any tool or technique that feels nourishing & expansive.
This year I’ll be using some journaling prompts (see below resources), while ultimately focusing on my 2 main questions:
- What was the biggest lesson of 2018?
- How am I carrying this lesson into 2019?
I’ve found these below resources helpful in the design of my personal Year-in-Reflection practice.
Take what works. Leave the rest.
Great business planning blog post from Danielle Joseph of Hello Function (who created my fav The Brand Planner):
From Marie Forleo‘s MarieTV
- What’s one thing you did that you’re proud of?
- What’s one mistake you made and the lesson you learned?
- What’s one limiting story you’re ready to let go of before the New Year?
- What were some of my successes this year?
- Which were planned, and which were surprises?
- What did I learn from these?
- What am I most proud of? Why?
- What did I learn from the most?
- How can I take these lessons into the new year?
- What were some of the hardest parts of this year? Why?
- What did I learn, or what was helpful in navigating those challenges?
- Do I still need to do anything to clear any lingering pain around these?
- How will I do this in the next two weeks?
- What will not be coming with me into 2019?
- (Behaviors, habits, relationships)
- What am I most excited about in the new year?
- What am I most interested in creating, for myself, and collectively?
- What are some ways I will be able to mark my growth, and celebrate my evolution?
- What am I excited about creating, doing, or learning, in the last weeks of the year?
- If my 2018 was a short story, a poetic mythology, how would it read?
- If my 2019 is going to be a short story, a poetic mythology, how will I begin writing it now?