Finally, an end to a disastrous 2020
Well, here we are at the end of a very disruptive and dis-heartening year. What with the Coronavirus Pandemic, millions of people losing their jobs, businesses closing down and for some, even the loss of a loved one. This year has been hell for so many people, for so many different reasons.
And, just before we make our way slowly into the next year, it’s time to sit down and complete a 12 month review of this year.
If you regularly keep a journal, that’s a great place to do the review, because everything you need should be right in front of you. If you don’t keep a journal… Whhhyyyyy Noottt!!! 🙂
I talk about journals and the huge benefit they have, in other posts. But for this exercise, you can just use a piece of paper and a pencil, or the ‘done for you’ worksheet attached to the end of this post.
The 12 Month Life Review
So, let’s start with what a life review is, and how you should go about doing one for yourself.
Well really, it’s just a look back over the last 12 months. Taking the time to see what significant things happened to you, or happened that had an effect on you. Then, by analyzing those experiences, making a plan for the next 12 months.
Next, we’ll take a look at the four things you should do during this review.
- Make a note of the significant things that happened to you over the last 12 months.
- The definition of ‘significant‘ is different for everyone, so work your way back through the last year, a month at a time. Then, as you go through, try to remember the events that either boosted you in some way, or brought you down. Then make a note of those for later.
- What are the lessons you can take from those experiences?
- Now you have you list of events, go through each one in turn. For each one, ask yourself what you can learn from the experience.
- Make some decisions about what you can do in the next 12 months to improve your life a bit (or a lot 😉).
- So, now you have a list to work with, the next step is to work out how to make use of those lessons.
- Make a plan for the next 12 months
- Finally, start to build a plan of action to make those lessons work for you during the next 12 months.
Provided you spend the time to do it properly, reviewing the last 12 months, before embarking on the next 12, will make all the difference.
Give it a go, then let me know how you got on. And finally, I wish you all, a hopefully happy and prosperous new year 🙂
Let me know in the comments if you’ve got any questions.