How do you do a year-end review and reflection?
Before any new year planning or even making New Year’s Resolutions (if that’s your thing), you should always first do a year-end reflection and review.
This has never been as important as it is this year. 2020 has been a year. One the history books will not soon forget, and sadly neither will we. None of us have made it through this year with some stress, anxiety, and emotional wear and tear. We have to process that!
Back in 2019, when we looked forward to 2020 with hope in our eyes, goals set and ready for our best year yet. There are grief and a serious let down for not being able to do all or any of what we planned. Losing our normal is it’s own loss.
But our sights are on 2021 now. Your success in the new year and your ability to finally achieve your goals just might depend on your ability to process 2020. Review and reflection is the best way to do that.
Taking time for an end of year review and reflection can make the difference between success and failure for you in the New Year.
How can you achieve your goals, make progress, and finally follow through if you don’t know what works best? If you have no idea what the areas of growth are? Or where you can improve?
365 days is a long time, and we often have really short memories when it comes to remembering the right things. That’s where your year-end review comes in!
With the New Year right around the corner, nows the time to sit and reflect with these 100 personal end of year reflection and review questions. Also, get your FREE Review Your Year Workbook with the top ten questions you need to answer.
Top 10 End of the Year Reflection and Review Questions
Let’s be realistic, answering all 100 end of year reflection questions can feel overwhelming and isn’t exactly a quick and easy task either. The purpose of the personal year-end review is to reflect upon the past year, to learn whatever lessons we can, so we can move forward successfully into the new year.
Thankfully you do not need endless review questions to come to that conclusion. You just need the top ten year in review questions that get straight to the heart of last year.
Here are your ten essential questions to reflect on the past year:
1. How do you feel about your last year?
2. Did your life change and/or stay the same in the last year? How?
3. List three of your “greatest hits” from last year.
4. What are you most proud of? And why?
5. What was the biggest “boss level” challenge you faced?
6. Would you have done anything differently?
7. What major life lessons did you learn?
8. What were your “ah-ha” moments?
9. Did you set goals for last year and did you achieve them?
10. How did you achieve your goals? If you didn’t, what went exactly wrong?
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You can easily take these questions a bit deeper by asking the follow-up questions, “why” or “why not?” Remember, we want to figure out what worked best in 2020, so you can do even better in your personal or professional life in 2021.
Often times the “short-cut” to success is simply remembering the lessons you’ve already learned and apply them to how you prepare for the new year.
End of the Year Reflection Part 2:
10 Year-End Reflection Questions for Your Health
There’s a reason that fitness goals are the #1 choice for New Year’s Resolutions! It’s the first thing we think about when seeking to improve our lives and we tell ourselves we stop making healthy lifestyle excuses. On some level, we all want to be stronger, fitter, in better shape and looking good.
But, being healthy is about more than just our physical bodies and how much we exercise, it’s about our mental health and how we care for ourselves emotionally as well.
Here are ten end of year reflection questions to review your overall health:
11. What was your typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner like?
12. How much sugar or junk did you consume daily?
13. Did you have any allergic reactions to anything you ate or drank?
14. Did you exercise or move your body every day?
15. How did you practice self-care?
16. Did you take any mental health days?
17. How did you relax and rest?
18. How much “me time” or alone time did you spend?
19. What stressed you out the most or gave you major anxiety?
20. How did you relieve or release daily stress?
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Asking and answering these end of year reflection questions about your health isn’t enough! Take it one step farther, by asking yourself “how can I make healthier choices for my mind and body in 2021?” What changes can you make to reach your health goals?
End of the Year Reflection Part 3:
10 Simple Reflections Questions for Your Emotions
Let’s go even deeper into your mental health with the next set of end of year reflection questions. By taking a journey into your subconscious mind and mindset you can uncover challenges you’re facing and even beliefs that are holding you back.
Often time our emotions (or our reaction to thoughts and experiences) tell us so much about our internal thought life.
Ever wonder why you’re constantly struggling with the same problems, or trapped in a destructive behavior loop? Perhaps, someone said something that triggered you? The answers are in your mind!
21. What did you complain about the most?
22. What are you most grateful and thankful for?
23. Who or what challenged your worldview or your faith?
24. Were you ever “triggered”? By whom or what?
25. What were you most afraid of happening?
26. What made you the happiest and the saddest?
28. Is there a memory that you can’t stop replaying in your mind?
29. What was your biggest disappointment?
30. What if anything, worried you and kept you up at night?
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Now that you have some evidence from your emotions as to what’s going on in your mind, start to think of ways you can address the underlying issues. Do you need to stop the negative self-talk, and be more positive? Perhaps you’re always overthinking everything?
End of the Year Reflection Part 4:
10 Personal Year-End Review about Your Daily Life
Let’s talk about how you feel about your daily life over the year. Was it awesome, great, good, okay, not bad, or horrible? What could be better?
The unfortunate side-effect of the New Year can be feelings of lost opportunity or even anger and disappointment for the choices we’ve made – or didn’t make. Staying stuck, stalling, and being stagnant in our lives can leave us feeling furious and frustrated.
31. What did you want to do, but didn’t?
32. Did you step outside your comfort zone? When?
33. Do you feel as if you missed out on any opportunities?
34. What was your daily, morning or nightly routine?
35. How did you waste the most time every day?
36. What negative daily habit did you break?
37. Did you create any new habits?
39. If there was one thing you could stop doing, what would it be?
40. Does anything feel incomplete or left undone from last year?
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Now you have a better idea of how you spent your daily time. This is powerful intel, as it’s your daily habits and routines that help you become successful. How can you improve your days? You’ll be happier and more successful once you do.
End of the Year Reflection Part 5:
10 Review Questions on your Experiences from Last Year
Now it’s time to take a walk down memory lane and talk about what actually happened in 2020. What did you do, not do, and wish you did?
We hate that we didn’t take that trip, or we didn’t clean out our closet or that we’re still trapped in a life we hate. Sometimes it’s the little things like a leaky faucet we never fixed or not reading enough personal development books, other times it’s the BIG things like wishing we could escape our toxic workplace or start a profitable business.
41. Where’s the best new location you visited?
42. What’s the most exciting new thing you tried?
43. Did you accomplish anything on your bucket list?
44. What did you plan to do, but never did?
45. Have your tastes or interests change this past year?
46. Do you have a new favorite food or drink?
47. Do you feel guilty about anything you did?
48. What hobby did you spend the most time on?
49. Did you enjoy learning about something new, if so what?
50. What experiences stand out in your mind as “the best” and “the worst”?
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They say life is all about experiences and memories. How can you create more epic memories in 2020? What new adventures will you go on?
End of the Year Reflection Part 6:
10 Best Yearly Reflection Questions for Your Relationships
A big part of our lives is the relationships and connections we have with others. No one is an island (as much as some of us might try). Whether at home or at work or school, we interact with and spend so much time with others.
Whether you like it or not, you cannot reach your goals on your own! The people in your life will either encourage and support you, or bring you down and destroy you. It’s okay if some friendships die, some relationships come and go, that’s okay!
51. Who did you spend the most time with?
52. Who are the top 3-4 most influential people in your life?
53. Did you have a go-person? Someone you can always count on?
54. Is there anyone you could have apologized to but didn’t?
55. Did you have a falling out with anyone?
56. Which relationships feel apart, which came alive?
59. How much time did you spend with your family or loved ones?
60. Who supported you and helped you grow the most?
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Now that you’ve taken time to review your relationships, which ones do you need to invest in? And which relationships do you need to distance yourself from in 2021? What are your relationship goals? Will you make new friends and find an accountability partner?
End of the Year Reflection Part 7:
10 Must-Ask Review Questions for Your Career
When we’re not at home, most of us spend the majority of our time either at work or at school. Your professional life is a huge part of not only your life but also your identity. So many of us associate who we are, with what we do from 9-5 (or whatever your working hours are).
61. Are you happy with your job/school?
62. Did you enjoy the work/learning you do?
63. Were you excited to go to work or school every day?
64. Did you get a promotion or raise/graduate or pass your courses?
65. What one thing would you change about your job/education?
66. How did you advance your career last year?
67. Do you have a good relationship with your boss or teacher?
69. Are there opportunities for advancement?
70. Did you start or take on a new venture (side-hustle, part-time so on)?
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So much of how we define or feel success is wrapped up in our careers. How can you improve your professional life? And bring more happiness and fulfillment to this area in the new year? What goals can you set for school or work?
End of the Year Reflection Part 8:
10 Review Questions that Explore Your Finances
No end of year reflection would be complete without talking about your money and how you managed your finances. I know it can be scary to think about it and to have to take a serious look at your spending, savings, and debts, but you really should. So often how you spent or saved your money will determine what you’re able to do in the new year.
71. Did you pay off existing debts (credit card, school or otherwise)?
72. How much money did you save?
73. Did you create a budget for last year and stick to it?
74. What was your annual income for last year?
75. Were you living paycheck to paycheck?
76. Did you take out new loans (including mortgages and car payments)?
77. What did you waste too much money on?
79. Do you have a retirement savings plan? Did you contribute to it?
80. Did you put money towards an emergency fund?
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What’s the world on your finances and what steps do you need to take to get in better shape? Do you have a financial plan? What sacrifices do you need to make this coming year, so you can live even better in years to come?
End of the Year Reflection Part 9:
10 Light-Hearted and Fun Year End Review Questions
Congrats, what an amazingly thorough personal end of year reflection and review you’ve done! We’re almost at the end. But, to help you relax a bit and get ready to start planning for the New Year, let’s have a bit of fun with ten light-hearted review questions.
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81. When you say 2020, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
82. Is your favorite color still the same this year as last year?
83. What’s the most shocking news you received?
84. What new skills did you develop or discover?
85. Did you have a favorite quote or saying?
87. What was the best compliment you received?
88. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rank your year?
89. What three words best describe last year?
90. If you wrote a book about last year, what would it be titled?
End of the Year Reflection Part 10:
Top 10 Personal Reflections Questions for Next Year
Let’s be realistic, answering all 100 end of year reflection questions can feel overwhelming and is no easy, or quick task either. The purpose of the personal year-end review is to reflect upon the past year, to learn whatever lessons we can, so we can move forward successfully into the new year.
Thankfully you do not need endless review questions to come to that conclusion. You just need ten year in review questions that get straight to the heart of last year. Here they are.
Here are your ten essential questions to reflect on the past year:
91. Where do you want to be one year from now? Describe it.
92. What’s the number goal you want to achieve in 2021?
93. Choose one word that sums up your main theme for next year.
94. What’s your New Year’s Resolution or goal?
95. What are your top 3 priorities for the new year?
96. Write a personal mantra or affirmation for next year.
97. What does your perfect day or week look like?
98. What beneficial daily habits can you start in 2021?
99. How will you take action towards your goal?
100. Who do you hope to become in 2021?
Printable End of Year Review Template
Ready to answer these personal end of year reflection and review questions? Get your printable year review template with the top ten questions you need to ask yourself about last year.
Congrats on taking the time to review your year and ask yourself all the right questions.
Remember, the purpose of this is to figure out what works, what didn’t, all so you can start off 2021 right!
I know this year has been heavy, but exhale all of 2020 and breathe in the possibilities of the new year
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