As 2020 begins to wind down, it is an excellent time to ask yourself a few end-of-year reflection questions. Tempting as it may be to just bulldoze right into next year, it is wise to first contemplate this one.
There are many ways to reflect on your year. One way is to examine yourself against basic human needs. Borrowing from Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, I’ve divided the questions into five areas.
I recommend journaling about the following questions. Consider them a starting point to examine how well your own needs have been met, what you did (or did not do) to contribute to your needs this year, and what you have learned to take into the next year with you.
This activity is excellent to do before you do your 2021 planning.
Before you begin, I recommend you do a few things to prepare yourself mentally and physically:
Take your time and answer these questions with an open mind. Take note of the thoughts and emotions that surface. Pay attention to what feels good and what doesn’t because this will guide your 2021 planning.
Take time to actively reflect on your year in order to celebrate and learn. Even if you had little to celebrate this year, there are always great opportunities to learn. Journaling your responses to the questions is an excellent starting point for an end-of-year reflection. After this process, you will be clearer about your next steps.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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