Year-in-Reflection Practice

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?

Year-in-Reflection Resources

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?

From Sarah Faith Gottesdiener‘s MoonBeaming Newsletter

  • 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?