Mindfulness, Purposeful Goals

21 Questions to Review Your Year

We still have a good two weeks left in 2018 so I’m not suggesting it’s “all over” yet! Depending on your circumstances, you still have time to complete an important project, plan for a new one, or start a healthy habit this year. However, I can’t deny that the last days of the current calendar are an excellent time for some self-reflection, so that you can be mindful and purposeful in moving forward. Here are 21 questions to review your year:

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21 Questions to Review Your Year:

  1. What did you hope to achieve this year?
  2. To what extent have you met those goals? What were your successes?
  3. What got in your way? What setbacks did you encounter?
  4. Were you clear about your priorities this year?
  5. Did you change course dramatically, if so, why?
  6. Did you experience any radical changes in circumstances, personal or professional tragedies? Have you allowed enough time to process those?
  7. What did you enjoy most about this year?
  8. And what did you enjoy least?

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  1. What regrets do you have from this year?
  2. What are you most proud of? Did you celebrate your successes?
  3. What did you let go of, or say goodbye to, this year?
  4. Which relationships were most supportive and nurturing for you this year?
  5. Did you help others, to the extent you were able?
  6. Did you accept help often enough this year?
  7. Did you prioritize your own health and well-being adequately?
  8. Were you kind to yourself?
  9. Did you learn any new skills? What did you learn about yourself?
  10. Did you take any risks? Did they result in either success or learning?
  11. What opportunities or requests were you smart to turn down?
  12. Which three words sum up your memories of this year?
  13. What are you most thankful for, this year?

Looking ahead, these reflections should spark ideas for what you want, or need to change.

Questions for next year:

  1. What one thing would you most like to change for next year?
  2. What one exciting project would you like to tackle next year?
  3. What one healthy habit would you like to adopt? Have you identified a small, measurable step?
  4. Are you  being realistic in your hopes, goals and resolutions for next year?

Hopefully, these questions will help you appreciate 2018 and help you set purposeful goals for 2019. I would love to hear if this reflection process sparked useful insights for you.


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