Why You Should Reflect on the Year Past

It’s been an interesting year. Definitely not what I was expecting, but good in its own sort of way. A lot has happened, from surgeries to celebrations to struggles and successes. What’s even more crazy is that it’s already over. 2015 is done and we’re starting another year full of its own twists and turns. But before we embark on 2016, I have one piece of advice: take the time to reflect.

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” Thomas Paine

Look back on the year that you had and observe what went right and what went wrong. Where you came up short and where you excelled. What you need to improve on and what you’ve already mastered.

Only this effort of self reflection will give you an understanding of where you stand at year’s end and help you prepare for what’s to come. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help with this process.

1. Did I use my time wisely?

2. Did I take things for granted?

3. Did I take care of my health?

4. Did I achieve my goals?

5. Did I make progress?

“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” Rosa Luxemburg

In the end, taking the time to reflect can give you the necessary insight and understanding of where your life is headed and what you need to do. So before you start making your New Year’s resolutions, take a moment to reflect.

Answer the questions above, see how you truly feel about last year, and then make this year even better!

As part of my personal reflection process, I wanted to share 10 of my favorite posts from 2015 that will help you start 2016 on the right foot.

Happy New Year!

Take a Walk

Use a Calendar

Remember Death

Stop Making Excuses

Keep a Notebook

Make Better Decisions

Find Your Passion

Use Beginner’s Mind

Take a Think Week

Start With the Most Important Task

Originally published at alyjuma.com on January 1, 2016.

Writer that designs — or is it the other way around? VP of eCommerce at function of beauty, creator of t-shirts, and lover of books.

Writer that designs — or is it the other way around? VP of eCommerce at function of beauty, creator of t-shirts, and lover of books.