While showing off my chunky advent book a few posts back, I mentioned that on each of the tags I planned to include a self-reflective question. Although I haven’t decided upon each and every question yet, this end-of-year survey will give you a good idea of what I’m planning to use:
1. What did you do in 2007 that you’d never done before?
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
9. What was your biggest failure?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
14. Where did most of your money go?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
16. What songs will always remind you of 2006?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i) …happier or sadder?
ii) thinner or fatter?
iii) richer or poorer?
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
22. Did you fall in love in 2007?
23. How many one night stands?
24. What were your favourite TV program?
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
34. What kept you sane?
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
37. Who did you miss?
38. Who was the best new person you met?
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I’ll pick and choose from this list, and add some questions specific to personal goal-setting for 2008. My plan is to answer one question each day and keep a record of the process in a new journal used just for this purpose. This seems manageable to me, considering my lack of spare time and low energy level these days…
It’s your turn to share…
– Do you go into a self-reflective period at the end of the year?
– Do you set new goals/resolutions for yourself?
– Do you record this process in a journal?
– Do you have any other special end-of-year rituals?