The year ends in a few days, so it’s time to take stock. What have I achieved this year? What are my successes? What am I proud of? Take a moment to ask yourself these few questions, take a step back from the past year and look ahead to the new year ahead.
Taking a break to reflect on your journey never hurts, especially in our lives where everything goes fast and everything comes together. Taking stock of the past year will help you see more clearly in your goals for the new year.
To make this annual review, take a blank sheet of paper or a small notebook, and start by listing the questions to ask yourself.
Then take a moment to think about each question and the answer you will bring. Answer these questions in writing to help you truly realize your accomplishments of the past 12 months. Do this exercise when you are alone, so as not to be disturbed in this moment of reflection, and turn off your phone to be focused as much as possible.
Obviously, you don’t have to answer all the questions. Some are surely more relevant than others depending on your journey of the year. You can also add other lines of thought. There are no right or wrong answers, the important thing is that you can take stock of your year, and move forward serenely for the following months.
Here are the questions that can help you take stock of your year, on the personal side and on the professional side too:
- What are the 5 most significant events of your year? And the happiest ones?
- What are you most proud of?
- Have you achieved or accomplished anything?
- Have I learned anything new this year?
- Did you encounter any obstacles? How did you manage to overcome them?
- Have you met new people with whom you have built lasting relationships?
- On what aspects of your life, do you think you have evolved?
- Summarize your year in 5 words
Keep your answers and look at them when you have a drop in morale or if you have doubts, it will surely help you see the positive.
If you write down this balance sheet in a notebook, do not hesitate to reuse it next year to make a new assessment, it may be interesting to compare your evolution from one year to another.