It’s that time of the year again: everyone starts brainstorming for New Year’s resolutions and most of us come up with the same bit and pieces – year by year. Most goals are not really approachable or healthy and tend to frustrate us on the long term. As you might guess, I am not the biggest fan of the New Year’s goal setting thing in general – I figured out a way that works so much better for myself: Self-Reflection. I like to analyze my year, my biggest accomplishments and happiness and try to deduce goals or tasks from this point of view.
You get so much more specific like this and feel (hopefully) inspired to start today – and not only on the first of January. In today’s video, I have five handy tips for your very own Self-Reflection process and you can also watch those on my new English YouTube channel. Please feel free to sub that one, if you don’t want to miss out on new daily videos.
Es ist wieder die Zeit des Jahres gekommen: Jeder beginnt mit einem wilden Brainstorming für Neujahrsvorsätze und die meisten von uns kommen immer wieder auf die gleichen Ideen (mehr Sport, weniger Süßes, #gähn). Die meisten Ziele sind außerdem nicht wirklich zugänglich oder gesund und neigen dazu, eine Frustration aufzubauen die uns am Ende alles über den Haufen schmeißen lässt. Wie du vielleicht erraten hast, bin ich nicht der größte Fan der Neujahresvorsätze im Allgemeinen. Zum Glück habe ich einen Weg gefunden, der so viel besser für mich funktioniert: Selbstreflexion.
So bekomme ich viel spezifischere Ziele und fühle mich außerdem inspiriert, gleich heute zu beginnen – und nicht erst am 1. Januar. In meinem heutigen Video, habe ich fünf praktische Tipps für eure eigene Selbstreflexion zusammengefasst und die gibt es auch auf meinem neuen YouTube-Kanal. Den könnt ihr natürlich auch hier abonnieren.
Look back on your „word of the year“
I already told you at the beginning of the year about the „word of the year“-technique – but it’s simple as that: you commit to a word and no other specific goals. My word of the year was strong and I scribbled it down shortly after New Year’s Eve and kept the overall piece of paper on my wall as a momentum and reminder:
When I try to recap my year I ask myself, if I was able to translate the word strong in my actions. In this particular case I ask myself:
- Was I able to say no from time to time?
- Did I change my mind a lot?
- Did people or comments bring me down easily?
So whatever your word was – try to find out if you translated it into everyday actions. I assure you, this will also give you a lot of inspiration for a new word for 2017.
Reflect your year with the following questions …
Simply write these bad boys down and start journaling! Try to be as intuitive as you can!
- My biggest accomplishment …
- My nicest memory …
- My biggest challenge …
- I failed in…
- The most important people in my life…
Encore: Personal life vs. work life
Look over your answers to see if you answered the question for your work life or personal life – either way, try so fill in the blanks for the other side of the coin, too.
In my case: I answered them (nearly) all regarding my work & job. You can really sense priorities here! But it’s very important to reflect the missing or „minor“ part of your life as well. You can also detect here if an overall change in priorities and work-life balance is needed. Maybe 2016 wasn’t really satisfying work-wise – or maybe you should invest more time in your personal life!
Go down memory lane!
Flip through old journals if you have some. Read about your younger self 1,2,5 or even 10 years ago. What has changed? I read a lot about the beginning of my career and first jobs while doing that and could really see myself evolve. Nevertheless, it was very inspiration to see my work ethic sprouting. Another blast from the past: struggle with personal relationships and the joy to see how steady everything is right now.
Books & Podcasts
Start now to integrate books & podcasts into your everyday life. I would highly advise to educate yourself right now in December and make an action plan and start fresh as soon as possible. Are a great way to squeeze in some me time in this hectic period of a holiday countdown and you manage to be ready on January the first. When you do it the other way around and start making a list with cool literature and podcasts at the beginning of January your motivation will be gone after a couple of days and weeks and all you have done until this point: you’ve read a couple of pages.
In general, it’s always better to start now and stop postponing things – but reading books about planning, self-reflection and happiness helps a lot in terms of New Year’s resolutions and goals.
Podcasts I really like – you can find those in the official Apple Podcast App by searching …
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Elise Gets Crafty (talking about small creative businesses)
Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon
Books I really recommend: