Manage episode 315815325 series 2631105
Some short thoughts on how to review and close out a tough year, and set ourselves up for a powerful, generative new year.
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Completion questions: remembering and reviewing
- What was your favorite music playlist?
- Who was your favorite artist?
- What was your favorite song?
- What was your favorite concert?
- What were your favorite photos?
- What were your favorite videos?
- What was your favorite movie?
- What were your favorite articles?
- What was your favorite travel?
- What were your favorite experiences?
- What was your favorite speaking, teaching, awards, or recognition?
- What were your favorite memories?
- What was your favorite restaurant?
- What was your favorite meal?
- What was your favorite first meeting?
Past year calendar review
This is an exercise I learned from Tim Ferriss, and it's great. If you do nothing else, I'd do this.
Simply put, you go through the entire past year on your calendar, and make a list of the people, activities, and commitments that triggered peak positive/negative emotions on a weekly or monthly basis. Then, find the 20% of each list that produced the most reliable or powerful peaks. Proactively schedule the positive ones now, and avoid/reduce the negative ones.
Areas of life review
Look holistically across your life. Don't solely focus on your career. I tend to go through the following eight areas of life:
- health & wellbeing
- creative expression & fun (hobby, travel, adventure, etc)
- wealth / finances
- relationships (family, friends, romance, other)
- personal systems (habits, routines, processes) & personal development
- emotions / spiritual
For each area, I ask the following five questions (I don't necessarily answer all of them every time though):
- what was accomplished?
- what wasn't accomplished?
- what worked?
- what didn't work?
- what was missing?
Lastly, I like to have a freeform section that is just "is there anything else I need to say about this to feel complete?" I'm often surprised at what comes out here, so don't underestimate this question.