INC. has tips from its top reporters, which you can read in its entirety, but some of my favorites were “try to become a new ‘thing’” (e.g., a photographer, an artist, a baker, etc.), “evaluate time and money”, and “review your journals” to take stock, acknowledging successes and making plans for continued growth.
Amanda, the editor-in-chief of a blog called Scoutie Girl, does three things: She makes a list of all the things and people she’s grateful for, assesses how she did for the year in relation to the theme she chose for the year (e.g., a single word, like “nourish”), and figures out her theme word for the next year. Her full post is here.
Another good thing to do at the end of the year, when assessing what went well and what you’d like to improve, is to assess what you’d like to get of. Maybe it’s broken dishes, maybe it’s 15 extra pounds, maybe it’s a toxic relationship that isn’t serving you any longer, or a habit of running yourself down physically or emotionally. Whatever it is, maybe next year is the year to finally start letting it go.
Here are 100 questions for you to read through and decide what you’d like to spend time thinking about between now and the new year, compliments of Hub Pages. It includes superficial ones, like what your hairstyle was, and existential ones, like “where did you find peace and calm this year?”
I hope that these posts are useful and/or inspiring. They are certainly not meant to bog you down, so by all means, take what's useful and leave the rest.