Quick Guide to Your End of Year Reflections

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

This year has been a year of radical self-reflection for all of us. We slowed down, took a step back, and looked at our lives with fresh eyes. Before you start planning your 2021, it's important to close the 2020 right. You can do that with the end of year annual reflection. If it's not yet in your practice - we've put together a Quick Guide for you.


 
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Why End of Year Reflections?


The practice of reflection allows you to take a step back, analyse what worked and what didn't and helps draw actionable insights. If you compare it to the business world, it's like getting a team together for a Sprint Review to analyse what you must stop, start, and continue doing to be even more effective.


 

4-steps for Annual Reflections


1. Make it a ritual


We love digital technology. But there is an extra bit of magic that comes with writing things down on paper. Doing your annual reflections in a journal can become an experience.


Pick a beautiful notebook that inspires you, get a cup of your favourite beverage and let this reflection exercise be your quality 'Me time'. Don't rush it, savour your memories, celebrate your achievementsand reflect on what you've learned.


2. Create some structure


Reflect on your life by area:


  • Health

  • Family & Friends

  • Career

  • Finance

  • Romance

  • Fun & Recreation

  • Personal Growth

  • Physical Environment

Use these categories or create your own that make more sense for you.


3. Take time to reflect


Review your year:


  • Note your accomplishments and big events

  • Take notes on what you’ve learned and what you’ve struggled with

  • See where you’ve dropped the ball and where you could grow.

When you are done, create a list of things you would like to let go of and leave back in 2020.


4. How did you do in 2020?