Are you someone who make new year resolutions and then end up not following them? Well, if that’s the case, welcome to the club. The reason being we often fail to follow our resolutions is that we set them without even introspecting if they’re really needed or not. To be honest, I used to fail every year with my resolutions but then I figured out why it doesn’t really work. And if same is the case with you, then keep reading because in this blogpost, I’m going to share how to set realistic resolutions for yourself and work upon them.
I like to do year reflection on everything that has happened in the past twelve months so that I can get a clear picture of what does my body, mind and spirit really needs.
Before you read further, it’s important to know how self-awareness can prove to be a powerful tool.
WHY YEAR REFLECTION IS IMPORTANT
Well, 2020 has been a memorable year for unfortunate reasons. And to be honest, I’ve already forgotten some of the things that has happened throughout the year. Sometimes, the changes in our lives are so subtle that we hardly notice they’re happening. You might have not noticed the wins you had or the little things that helped you to grow as an individual because there are other plenteous of things which are fighting for your attention. But this is exactly where self-reflection works.
Sometimes, the goals that we set in Jan may no longer feel relevant because there are other things which takes priority. And you know what, that’s perfectly ok. There’s no problem in giving yourself chance to deal with the unplanned things. Whether you achieve your goals or not, it’s always a good idea to take a moment and look back into the experiences of the past year. This can help you to get a clear picture of the things that lifted you up and weighed you down.
JOURNAL PROMPTS FOR YEAR REFLECTION
To help you reflect on the year, I’ve put together a list of 24 journal prompts on year-reflection to help you begin this year with a fresh mindset.
- What changes you brought within yourself to become a better version of yourself? In what way you’ve grown in the last year?
- What kind of person you want to become this year and what habits are you going to inculcate to grow and treat yourself with more love and respect?
- How well did you take care of your body and mind last year? What habits did you start or drop in terms of your health last year?
- In what areas you need to work on your body and mind, and how you’re going to take better care of yourself this year? How are you going to prioritize your sleep, exercise, meditation, nutrition etc?
- What were your top priorities last year (finances, family, relationships, self-care and so on)?
- What are your top three priorities for this year and why?
- How satisfied you were with your work life? Did you enjoy your work or not?
- What changes you’re going to make to feel more fulfilled with your work life? Will you continue with the job that you’re not happy with? What are you backup plans?
- What does your thoughts in the last year looks like? Did you over-think, over-analyze or stayed positive in different situations? How did your thoughts affect your decisions?
- Basis on the decisions you made in the last year with your thinking skills, how are you going to improvise your mindset this year? How will you keep your mind a healthy space this year?
- What emotions did you experience last year and how free did you feel to talk about them? Did you continue with them or let them go?
- What feelings and emotions are you going to embrace this year and how will you achieve them?
- What did your typical routine look like last year? Were you getting enough time for self-care, mental health, productivity and leisure activities or your routine looks lazy and includes procrastination?
- What does your ideal routine look like? How will you manage time for the things that uplifts your spirit? How will you make time for self-care?
- What boundaries did you set for yourself and others last year? How did you uphold those boundaries and where did you let them slide?
- What do you want your boundaries to look like this year? How you’re going to prioritize them this year.
- What are you most grateful for last year? Who are you most grateful for? And why you’re grateful for this person and thing?
- How you’re going to express more gratitude this year?
- Did you achieve the goals that you set for yourself in the beginning of last year? If not, what stopped you from achieving your benchmarks?
- What are your goals this year? How you’re going to achieve them and what efforts are you going to put in order to achieve those goals? How will you keep yourself motivated to stay on the track?
- What connection did you make last year? How much this person made you feel loved and supported?
- What kind of connections do you want in your life this year? What kind of people you want to surround yourself with?
- What are your favorite memories from last year? What activities made you happy? Did you start any new hobbies or cherished old ones?
- What new activities do you want to learn this year? What do you want to explore more this year?
I hope these journal prompts help you reflect on the past year and start new year with ease and clarity.
Read this post for some pro tips to get mental clarity if you’re finding it hard to get answers for above questions.