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20+ Questions For a New Yr

I’ve dusted off and republished this listing of 20 reflection questions for the top of a 12 months for ten years now — nearly as previous as this weblog itself. It’s fairly becoming that it’s the penultimate put up! Right here it’s once more so that you can use this 12 months, and the subsequent, and the subsequent, and the subsequent… And examine again tomorrow for AoS’ remaining goodbye put up. It’s been an unimaginable 12 years, and I’m glad for each minute of it. (p.s. I’m not going wherever.)


It’s time for our annual 20 Questions! I re-release it right here round each New Yr’s Eve, and I really like listening to the way you all use it. After tweaking and adjusting this listing for a number of years, I’ve lastly settled on a very good grasp listing of strong questions that can assist you mirror on the earlier twelve months.

As you finish this new 12 months and transfer on to the subsequent, take a while to assessment, to ponder, to meditate. Put up-eggnog, it’s simple to hurry ahead with gusto and juice-cleanse your system from all the vacation indulgence. I’m a future-oriented thinker, so I really like planning, goal-setting, and getting stoked about what lies forward.

However ease your foot onto the brake for a day or two. Give your self area and freedom to mirror on the previous 12 months.

I’m all for beginning a recent new 12 months, dreaming up concepts, discovering that one particular phrase, or no matter helps you clear out the cobwebs within the corners. However all that is extra significant whenever you bear in mind the bends within the highway behind you.

Cup of coffee

Honor the previous 12 months by celebrating your joys, mourning your losses, and shaking your head on the surprise of all of it. Isn’t it superb one other 12 months has handed? And so the earth goes spherical and spherical, about to orbit as soon as extra.

No matter you’re doing to have a good time, New Yr’s Eve is a superb day for reflection. An entire 12 months has handed for the reason that final one. You’re a 12 months older. Are you a 12 months wiser?

Use your previous couple of hours of the 12 months to mirror on the previous twelve months.

20 Questions for New Yr’s Eve

  1. What was the one neatest thing that occurred this previous 12 months?
  2. What was the one most difficult factor that occurred?
  3. What was an sudden pleasure this previous 12 months?
  4. What was an sudden impediment?
  5. Decide three phrases to explain this previous 12 months.
  6. Decide three phrases your accomplice or shut buddy would use to explain your 12 months.
  7. Decide three phrases your accomplice or shut buddy would use to explain their 12 months.
  8. What have been the perfect books you learn this 12 months?
  9. Who have been your most beneficial relationships with?
  10. What was your greatest private change from January to December of this previous 12 months?
  11. In what means(s) did you develop emotionally?
  12. In what means(s) did you develop spiritually?
  13. In what means(s) did you develop bodily?
  14. In what means(s) did you develop in your relationships with others?
  15. What was essentially the most gratifying a part of your work (each professionally and at residence)?
  16. What was essentially the most difficult a part of your work (each professionally and at residence)?
  17. What was your single greatest time waster in your life this previous 12 months?
  18. What was the easiest way you used your time this previous 12 months?
  19. What was greatest factor you discovered this previous 12 months?
  20. Create a phrase or assertion that describes this previous 12 months for you.

Obtain the 20 questions as a free PDF

👆 Need to journal by these questions alone? Seize a cup of espresso and a pen, and use the area offered within the free obtain. Or, write your solutions in your individual journal (that’s what I do).

👆 Need to chat over the solutions with your loved ones or mates? Use the final web page of the obtain to chop every query into squares, then toss them in a jar to attract, one after the other.

Questions for Children!

Do your children need questions of their very own? Move this alongside to them for a private reflection train, or reduce up the questions, toss them in a jar, and pull them out to reply as a household.

Obtain the children’ questions as a free PDF

And, for New Yr’s Day…

For years, I used an annual planning information I created to assist me dream concerning the subsequent 12 months — although I’ve by no means been a giant fan of the thought of “resolutions,” I nonetheless held on to the thought of setting a lofty objective to encourage confidence till the subsequent December.

I don’t prescribe to that anymore. I simply don’t discover it helpful. As a substitute of inspiring me, it’d make me really feel trapped, daunted, or overwhelmed proper firstly of a brand new 12 months when my insides nonetheless felt hopeful and refreshed with a brand new starting.

Now, I set 90-day targets. It’s a brief sufficient period of time for targets to really feel (and really be) do-able, which provides that enhance I must nonetheless care, preserve coronary heart, and course-correct for the next 90 days.

Word: It’s useful for me to first assessment, mirror on, and make tweaks to my Rule of Life as a result of it helps me bear in mind what issues to me within the first place. There’s no level in setting targets I don’t really want or need. (In case you’ve by no means written your individual distinctive Rule of Life, right here you go.)

For these 90-day targets, I take advantage of what I name Suppose Days — little presents I give to myself 4 instances a 12 months. They’re precisely how they sound: they’re days I put aside to do nothing however suppose. They’re magic.

As a substitute of a set of daunting annual inquiries to result in daunting annual targets, that is easier, sweeter, and extra human. Listed below are the 9 questions I take advantage of for my quarterly Suppose Days:


  • What was the perfect factor concerning the previous 90 days?
  • What was the most important problem?
  • How was life within the realms of labor, relationships, cash, well being, neighborhood, and residential?


  • What’s one thing, massive or small, that brings pleasure in my life proper now?
  • What’s most beneficial in my life proper now?
  • Is there something that feels lacking in my life proper now?


  • How would I like issues to be 90 days from now within the realms of labor, relationships, cash, well being, neighborhood, and residential?
  • How might I create one or two targets* from these wishes?
  • 90 days from now, how will I acknowledge or have a good time my life because it stands?

*Just one or two as a result of if we over-plan right here, we hijack our good intentions with a performance-oriented posture about life — an exhausting option to dwell for anybody. However one or two targets, and targets for less than the subsequent 90 days, supplies traction and motivation to make useful adjustments, one doable step at a time. This brings us nearer to who we need to be.

A year from now you will wish you had started today. -Karen Lamb

Each January I additionally wish to re-read some mixture of Atomic Habits, Essentialism, and The Easy Path to Wealth. These preserve my head screwed on straight after I’m tempted to plan for All The Issues firstly of a brand new 12 months. (Additionally, listed here are my favourite books for clear-headedness.)

Get pleasure from your New Yr celebrations, mates! Our ordinary modus operandi resides it up big-time in our front room with video games, motion pictures, and a midnight countdown for whoever’s nonetheless awake. You too?

XO, Tsh

p.s. In case you’d wish to sustain with my writing, podcasting, pilgrimage-leading, and different sundries in my work, be sure to get my free weekly electronic mail known as 5 Fast Issues, the place I share 5 issues from the week i both created or liked.



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