Taking stock of the past 12 months

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Let’s face it, 2020 was a year like no other. Who would've imagined a pandemic and the impact it would have on our lives.

It may feel as though time stood still and you didn't really accomplish much, or perhaps you've been completely overwhelmed. But if you're thinking that’s it’s high time you get out of your jogging bottoms and get yourself back on track - read on!

A useful exercise is reviewing and reflecting on what you did actually accomplish in the past 12 months. It was tough, yes, but what did you learn, and how did you deal with any setbacks you faced? What were the positives, perhaps new realisations on how you want to live your life in future? And what would you deal with differently, in retrospect?

It's difficult to remember what we did last week, let alone being able to track a year of activity. You may need to refer back to your calendar or diary to remember what you’ve done in the past 12 months, and scan through emails, social media accounts and photographs for information on how you spent your time.

You might be quite amazed at how far you have come in the space of a year. Because we don’t take the time to stop and take stock, it can sometimes feel like we’re walking through treacle — putting in a lot of effort, but not really getting anywhere.

These 10 questions, extracted from my Life Review programme will help you take stock of the past 12 months, and show how far you have progressed in the key areas of your life:

  • What were your top three most significant events of the past year?

  • What did you do well, that you feel especially good about?

  • What would you have done differently?

  • How well did you take care of your health and wellbeing?

  • What were your biggest challenges, roadblocks or difficulties?

  • How were you different last year compared to the previous year?

  • For what are you particularly grateful?

  • Which 5 words describe you at your best last year? And which words describe how you hold yourself back?

  • What did you complete or let go of last year?

  • What do you need to celebrate!?

As you work through the questions, you will probably have a sense of things that you still have to complete, and also some ideas of what you’d like to start, or work on in the next 12 months.

Our lives are always work in progress and it’s important we enjoy the day to day tasks and activities that lead to the accomplishment of our goals, as much as we do when we celebrate reaching the ultimate goal.

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