Some Questions To Ask Yourself This New Years Eve
With COVID restrictions cancelling the usual new year celebrations, it's likely that more people than usual will be sitting at home on the last day of the year wondering where it went and where the next one will take us. In the last blog post of 2021, Diverse founder Anita Thorpe shares some thoughts on how to get the most from our reflective time.
To some extent, it's no bad thing that many of us will be forced to sit alone with our thoughts and reflect. Most of the time we're so busy hustling that we don't have the time or energy to stop and think about what's happening in, and to, our lives. But reflection is a good thing. It's a very powerful tool for helping us make sense of our existence so we can try to live our best life. When we take the time to mentally observe our experiences, we get a better understanding of ourselves and others. We also get a clearer perspective on things. We learn, and become more skilful and resilient. We can identify what needs to change, what we'd like to achieve, and plan for a better future.
Whether you do it by just sitting in silence with a drink for company, or through meditation, journaling, prayer or a chat with a friend, reflection is the gift that keeps on giving.
The ending of one year and the beginning of a new one is the perfect time to practice reflection but this is something you can do at any time, In fact, experts say that the most successful and happy people in life make time to reflect on a regular basis. So here are some tips for making time spent reflecting productive.
1. Make time
Carve out a specific time just for this activity and nothing else. It can be as little as 15 minutes.
2. Make space
Find a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable, and are not likely to be disturbed.
3. Make a list of questions to think through.
This helps to keep your reflection focussed. The type of questions you ask yourself will depend on why you're reflecting (there is plenty of guidance online to help you identify relevant questions). For example, an end-of-year review to plan for a better forthcoming year might include questions such as:
- How would you describe the past year in a sentence?
- What are some of the things you have achieved this past year?
- What are you grateful for?
- What were some of the things that didn't go so well, and why?
- What have you learned from these challenges?
- How satisfied are you with various aspects of your life (finances/work/relationships/health/spirituality)?
- Looking back on these insights, what needs to change or improve and what do you need to do to effect the changes?
- What is your motto for 2021?
4, Make notes
It can help to write your thoughts down as you reflect so you capture insights and ideas, or so you can track progress later on, or remind yourself of any intentions you've set.
Do you take time out to reflect? If you do, what methods and resources help you to reflect effectively? Share your thoughts below.