End-of-Year Survey

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Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

At this time of year, I like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and look forward to the upcoming one. I record these reflections in a journal (written or visual), and to help me along I’ve been using the following questionnaire for several years now. Some years I’ll answer all of the questions, whereas others I’ll just pick and choose a few questions. They serve as a great reminder of all that I’ve accomplished and am grateful for, as well as areas for improvement.  This holiday season has been so busy that I haven’t yet had a chance to complete the survey, but my plan is to work on it this coming weekend.

Feel free to steal these questions!

  1. What did you do in 2012 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 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
  7. What dates from 2012 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 2012?
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    1. happier or sadder?
    2. thinner or fatter?
    3. 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?
  21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
  22. How many one night stands?
  23. What was your favourite TV program?
  24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
  25. What was the best book you read?
  26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
  27. What did you want and get?
  28. What did you want and not get?
  29. What was your favourite film of this year?
  30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
  31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
  32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
  33. What kept you sane?
  34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
  35. What political issue stirred you the most?
  36. Who did you miss?
  37. Who was the best new person you met?
  38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
  39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

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