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100 Questions for a Personal Annual Review and Preview

Put down your egg nog and get out your journals! The last month of the year is a great time to review how things went, see what you learned, and make some informed, exciting plans for the new year!

I’ve made a list of 103 115 questions as prompts to get us ready for the new year. These questions are from various sources on the web, from books, and from me. Last year I tried a spreadsheet form, but I find free-flowing writing to work much better for me. I spend several days answering these, coming back and revising them, so I use a Google Doc because it’s easy to edit. After my answers feel complete, I write up action items based on what I learned from my answers. I also download my final answers and save them in Dropbox. The action items could be then entered onto my calendar, or kept in a general to-do list, or both! It’s important to answer the questions for mindful living, and even better to take action on the things you learn about yourself and the way you’re living!

Answer all or just the ones that really speak to you and your situation. Some of them are specific to entrepreneurs, but 99% are good for everyone, no matter what your vocation.

Here’s to conscious living and our best year ever!

 

  1. What am I most proud of from the year?
  2. What grades do I give myself in — health, fitness, finances, spirituality, relationships, mental/emotional state, learning, professional development, fun?
  3. What made me really angry this year? Is that something I could think of a solution for, or lend my time or money to solve?
  4. When was I the happiest this year?
  5. What did I learn?
  6. Where do I feel I failed?
  7. What did I do differently than before?
  8. What didn’t go so well?
  9. What went well?
  10. What values did I live with?
  11. What values need work?
  12. What did I spend a ridiculous amount of money on? How could I “scratch my own itch” and provide it for myself cheaper?
  13. What would I do/have/be if I had 10 million dollars?
  14. What was my real target monthly income? Did I achieve that?
  15. If I could only work 2 hours a week in my business, what would I do?
  16. How could I automate the things in my life more that are constant?
  17. What story did I tell others about my life through social media? What story do I tell myself about what happened this past . year?
  18. What problems have come up in this past year? What am I worried about? What is taking up the most mental space?
  19. What can I remove from life, business, website to solve problems?
  20. What would this look like if it were easy?
  21. How can I spend (waste) money to solve the problem?
  22. What was the stupidest thing I did? What did I learn from it?
  23. What was the smartest thing I did? What did I learn from it?
  24. What do I need to put in place for me to go off the grid for 4 weeks (ie. take a month off of work if I wanted to)?
  25. Am I chasing field mice or hunting antelopes (ie. am I thinking small or big? getting lost in the details or keeping my eyes on the big picture?)?
  26. Is everything fine and complete as it is?
  27. What did I accomplish?
  28. What did I complete?
  29. What still feels incomplete?
  30. What were the most significant events of the year?
  31. What fun things did I do?
  32. What did I think was going to be fun but wasn’t? Why?
  33. What were my biggest challenges?
  34. What would I have done differently? Why?
  35. How am I different now than I was last year?
  36. What am I especially grateful for?
  37. Best books I read?
  38. What were the biggest time wasters?
  39. What was the best use of time?
  40. 3 words to describe the year.
  41. A phrase or motto to describe the year.
  42. Where am I feeling stuck? Why?
  43. Did I get stuck because of fear of failure? Self-doubt?
  44. Am I passionate about my career?
  45. How did I spend my free time?
  46. How can I re-structure my time?
  47. When have I felt the most alive?
  48. How have I taught others to respect me?
  49. How can I improve my relationships?
  50. Who do I need to forgive?
  51. What 1 event am I going to tell my grandchildren about?
  52. What new things did you discover about yourself?
  53. What was the best news you got?
  54. Favorite place I visited?
  55. Who was my #1 go-to person?
  56. What new skills did I learn?
  57. Most important lesson I learned?
  58. What mental blocks did I overcome?
  59. Who were the 5 people I most enjoyed spending time with?
  60. Who brought negative energy to my life this year?
  61. Who brought positive energy to my life this year?
  62. Who did I bring positive energy to this year?
  63. Who did I learn the most from this year?
  64. What was my biggest breakthrough career-wise?
  65. How many people did I impact this year?
  66. How could I impact more people next year?
  67. How did relationship with family evolve?
  68. What was the favorite compliment I got?
  69. What little day-to-day things did I enjoy the most?
  70. What did I create?
  71. What was my most common mental state?
  72. Anything I did for the first time?
  73. Favorite moment with friends?
  74. Did I work on a major goal?
  75. What worries were unnecessary?
  76. What experience did I love and would want to do again?
  77. What experience did I hate and not want to do again?
  78. What was the best gift received?
  79. What was the best gift I gave?
  80. How did my overall outlook on life evolve?
  81. What was the biggest problem I solved?
  82. What was the funniest moment?
  83. What was the best purchase?
  84. What exactly does my ideal day look like (hour by hour), and how many days (estimate) did I live that last year? What would it take to have more ideal days next year?
  85. What activities made me lose track of time?
  86. What did I think about more than anything else?
  87. What topics did I enjoy learning about?
  88. Did I develop any new habits?
  89. What advice would I give my early last-year self?
  90. Did any part of my life do a 180?
  91. What or who had biggest impact?
  92. What do I want the theme to be for next year?
  93. What do I want to see, discover, explore next year?
  94. Who do I want to spend more time with in next year?
  95. What projects, things, people am I hanging on to that I could let go of next year?
  96. What skills do I want to learn, improve, master next year?
  97. What personality quality do I want to develop or strengthen next year?
  98. What do I want my everyday life to be like next year?
  99. Which habits do I want to change, cultivate, or get rid of next year?
  100. What do I want to achieve career wise next year?
  101. How do I want to remember next year when I look back 10/20/50 years?
  102. What is my #1 goal for next year?
  103. What would be the stupidest thing I could do next year?
  104. What would be the smartest thing I could do next year?
  105. What do I want my top 3 values to be next year? How will I show them?
  106. What is my real target monthly income next year?
  107. What am I crazy to learn about next year and how can I create my own “degree program” for it?
  108. What are 10 must-read books for next year?
  109. What would be the funnest thing I could do next year?
  110. What would I do next year if I knew it were my last year to live?
  111. Who are the people that I want to spend more time with next year?
  112. What are the things I could do to bring about the biggest most positive changes in my life (write 3 to 5)?
  113. If you knew you had 10 years to live, what is ONE DREAM or project you’d like to bring into fruition?
  114. Keeping this vision in mind (from the previous question), what would be helpful to achieve THIS YEAR in order to support your long-term vision?
  115. Finally, what priorities, beliefs, and habits do you need to CHANGE NOW in order to be congruent with your desire (from the previous question)?

 

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