With the end of the year fast approaching this is often the time of year that people start to think about their goals and dreams for the coming year. New years resolutions date back almost 4,000 years ago to when the Babylonians used the new year to resolve debts and start each new year afresh. This has led more and more to the modern concept of new years resolutions.
Nowadays, we use resolutions to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit we wish to change. The end of the year often is a time to reflect on the past year and consider ways to improve oneself as a new year begins. An important part of this process is taking the time to truly reflect and understand your past year so that you can grow as a person in the upcoming year. To start we will look at reflecting on the past year so that in future articles we can consider New Year New Me challenges, resolutions, and goals!
There are many ways to reflect on the past year and each person needs to find the style that works best for them. We have compiled a couple of different ways to organize your time to reflect on the past year so you can use that reflection to create great new year resolutions.
4. Online Note Reflection To Stay With You - Those more digitally inclined may want to reflect in Google Notes App or another note-taking app on your phone. The one advantage of this is that you can look at them throughout the year, and reflect even after your main reflection moment. (Learn some of these Google tools for notes and organization in Organize Yourself Using Google Calendar, Notes,Tasks)
5. Research Reflection - For those that like to back everything up with facts a deep dive into the past year can combine with pulling up past documents. This may mean looking back on photos, messages, financial records, journaling, and other ideas to really effectively reflect on that. Then these can be organized into an excel form or other database like reflection. (If you need tips on Excel, join Excel Basics)
6. Interview Friends and Family - Personal reflection is important, but sometimes it helps as well to interview friends and family to help jog one’s memory about the past year. Asking some of these past questions or others’ perspectives on ourselves and be a great way to get a second perspective on our own self-reflection.
7. Draw or Map It - Not everyone is a word person, some people prefer to draw out or map their reflection. This can be a great way to visualize your past year. (Introduction to Art Journaling can show you some tips and tricks in your artistic reflections.)
Reflection comes in a lot of forms and sometimes people can get bogged down with the negative, but reflection should be more holistic and focusing both on positive, negative, and areas for growth. Consider these concepts as you are doing your reflection:
Need some help to get started with some great reflection questions? Here are 30 questions to get the ball rolling on your reflection of 2020.
As you consider your past year in the upcoming articles, we will be a reflection on resolutions. You can count on the GetSetUp community to help fulfill your ideas and encourage accountability!
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