Did you review your year?
How was this last year for you? Have you sat down to look at what made 2019 a good or bad year for you? Do you need to?
Generally, I do this every year. Sometimes it is in the new year and sometimes it is near my birthday. In recent years, I’ve focused on the new year. While I am avoiding resolutions, I still want a way to look over my year and help me decide on the path for the new year.
My intention was that this post would be written before the end of the year. When life is at its busiest.
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
I also had in my mind to give you a whole list of questions to journal about to see how much you’ve grown, to give you a good idea of where you are at the beginning of the new year.
And that is where I got stuck.
December was an incredibly busy month. Not just in terms of the holiday but simply in terms of work and events. In order to spend time reviewing my year, I needed space to do so.
Space was something that simply didn’t have.
And there was all of this pressure to wrap up the year by the end to give myself, and you, the best possible start to the new year.
But in all of this, I forgot one thing: life goes on.
That’s right. Life just marches on and you just have to hold on when things are crazy busy.
It is okay if you didn’t get your year wrapped up neatly by midnight on December 31.
It’s okay if you didn’t begin with all of your goals, intentions or resolutions on January 1.
It is okay if, like me, you are a week late in getting to your yearly review.
It is okay if your creative energy that was sapped by all of the holiday shenanigans and are just getting back to the work in progress. You know – the one you are supposed to be editing right now instead of getting to the end (cough, cough)`.
It is just okay.
You can still have a good 2020.
I’ve read a statistic that says that about 80% of all resolutions are given up by February.
This statistic gives me all the reasons I need to not set any and not pressure myself to have these goals. I will simply fail.
What I have done in the past, which has worked well for me, is to ask just a few simple questions.
- What worked in the last year?
- What didn’t work in the last year?
- What do I want the next year to look like?
Your year’s end review doesn’t have to be elaborate. It’s a simple check in to make to allow yourself to see where you’ve been and if you know where you are going.
Of course, as you journal these questions, goals may arise. Or intentions. Or objectives.
That is okay too. Spending some time looking at the things that jumped out at you can lead you to know what you would like to do more of or less of in the next year. It can also lead you to a more directed way to go.
What I Learned
As I completed my exercise, I realized I had some holes in my life. Apparently a few areas in my life were really neglected last year. And this overview allowed me to see where those were and create an action plan for filling up those holes.
The most important thing to remember is that there are no right or wrong ways to review your year. Well, maybe that is the second most important thing.
Perhaps the other most important thing is that you don’t have to bow to the pressure and do any of this at all. Some people like to live dangerously.
Do whatever works for you. And if you want to have some clarity in your life, review it. And if you are good with where you are, just don’t.
It’s up to you.
If you have done a review or are still wanting to do one, let me know how it’s going. I want to encourage you in any way I can.
Until next time,
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