Challenging experiences often end up being our most valuable and offer the most opportunity for learning and growth. This year has been challenging to many of us in many different ways and as such provides plenty of fuel for a fruitful end of year review.
Today I have 2 questions that allow you to do year review and allow the lessons from the year to sink in a little deeper. This was a historic year, and in the future, when people ask: ‘how was 2020 for you?’, you will have a pretty nice idea 😉
I encourage you to take an hour or two to sit down and journal your answers to these 2 questions.
1. What were the most significant events and experiences of your year?
If you need further prompting, think… emotional, spiritual, physical, mental.
You can make a timeline and run through January to December
2. What did you learn in 2020?
What were your biggest lessons? What was the universe trying to teach you in 2020?
Your timeline of the year will be useful as a reference point here.
The first question should begin to make a narrative of your year and your story arc as the year progressed. The 2nd will help to consider the lessons and make you more aware of them. With just these 2 questions and a little bit of time, you will be able to unpack a lot a have a fruitful end of year review.
Review With Friends
If you have a friend or friends that are interested, you can do it with them as a group activity. I had a great time doing this with some friends recently. The group dynamic and hearing about each others journeys over the year allowed further opportunities for connection and reflection. It worked well to have a round for sharing after time for journaling on each question.
You can also come up with some other questions together that might be fun. Here are some others we came up with:
How did COVID 19 affect you?
Which people influenced you the most in 2020?
This was a really fun one. You can do this one as a countdown, like a top 5 or top 3.
How have your values changed in 2020 compared to 2019?
What occupied your time this year?
How did you spend the minutes and hours that made up this year? What were the projects you worked on? What were your habits? Who were the people you were around?
Best wishes for 2021
Who knows what the year ahead is going to hold but with a little reflection at the end of this year I’m sure you’ll find some direction to head into 2021. I wish you happy holidays and an excellent start into the new year.