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The End of the year reflection is a great way to learn from the past before setting new goals and set yourself for success. Here's how to do to end of the year review + free printable worksheet

Want to be extra prepared for your best year yet? Super! Reflect on your year before setting new goals, learn from the past & set yourself for success. Here’s how to do an end of year reflection. {+ a printable worksheet}

Today’s gift is an End of Year Reflection Worksheet. It’s a pretty black and white printable that has guiding questions for you to reflect on your year. I hope you like it! 

But before you go download and print the worksheet, it’s essential to understand why reflection is important part of goal setting.

Every day you make choices. 

And those little everyday choices are the best ticket that can take you where you want to be. Because for most of us, there are no shortcuts. To get where you want to be is a combination of planning, well-serving routines, and hard work. 

And to make even better choices it’s important to understand what has worked before and what hasn’t. And reflecting on your past is a great way to do that. 

But reviewing your life is not just about learning from your past. It can also give you an awesome boost to move forward because it shows you how far you’ve come in life.

A lot can change in a year. 

But if you’re always setting and trying to achieve new goals you might start feeling inadequate. You’re never ready. You’re never there where you want to be. You’re always one step behind. 

Reflecting on your past will let you see your growth. You can celebrate your accomplishments and learn from your past.

So let’s dig a little deeper into self-reflection. 

How to do an end of the year reflection + a Reflect on your year worksheet {Free Printable}

The End of the year reflection is a great way to learn from the past before setting new goals and set yourself for success. Here's how to do to end of the year review + free printable worksheet

Planning and setting goals for the new year is important if you want to accomplish things that are meaningful to you and be the best version of yourself. 

But before you start setting new goals it’s essential that you reflect on your past.

So much can happen in a year. And you should learn from your past but also celebrate your wins and accomplishments. 

And when you’re done with the reflection, you’re more ready to make even better choices that’ll lead you to your new dreams, goals, and adventures. 

So before you go making plans and setting new goals, do yourself a huge favor and take a few minutes (or preferably half an hour or more) and reflect on your past. 

And if you’re not familiar with reflection or you’d like to use a premade template, I’ve made a pretty and practical worksheet you can use.

Extra tip: Reflecting on your past is not just for the end of the year! You can reflect on your past quarterly and  on (or around) your birthday. (Birthdays are my personal favorite time to reflect!) 

What did something-year-old-you did? What did you learn from the past year? What kind of advice would you give to your one-year-older-self. 

How to use the End of the year Reflection worksheet {Free printable}

The end of the year reflection worksheet has 9 questions/ideas you can use to reflect on your past. 

These are not the only questions to use for reflection. You can use any questions that help you and find ideas by googling, but these are the ones that work for me. I don’t write a diary/journal, so this worksheet is like a mini-diary page that you can come back to.

These are the questions/ideas you can reflect on the worksheet:

1. The most important goals you achieved

Which was the most important goal you achieved? How do you know that you achieved it? What changed in your life after the goal was achieved?

2. What inspired / excited you?

Write here the things that fired you up. What was extra fun? What did you enjoy the most? What do you want to do more in your life?

3. The lowest point(s) 

What was your lowest point? When did you feel like nothing worked? What made you feel like you “failed”?

Even though it’s not fun to remember your lowest points, but bad feelings and failures are part of life and they’re one of the best “teachers” that will guide us to success in the future.  

4. Emoji that describes your overall feeling

Draw here an emoji of your overall feeling when you look at back the past year.

You don’t have to be artistic (my emoji looked like a Ninja Turtle!) – but try to draw something a little more detailed than just this 🙂 or this 🙁 .

5. New skills you learned

Every year we learn something new. You don’t have to study Masters to say that you learned something. Learning a new skill can be anything. 

Did you learn how to air dry fruits? Did you learn how to play tennis? Did you learn how to code? Did you learn how to be more patient? 

6. Your favorite things

This is one of my favorites! It’s fun to see how your likings change year to year. So write down here your favorite things:

  • Book
  • Song
  • Food
  • Treat
  • Trip
  • Party/Event
  • Activity
  • Movie
  • Tv-show
  • Purchase
7. Who were you happy to spend time with?

Write here who made you happy when you spent time with them? Where you happy to connect with a new friend? Did you enjoy that there was more family time? Were you happy to hang out with your co-workers?

8. What are you grateful for…

It’s important to be grateful for the people that touch our lives, the time we get to spend on this planet and the things that we get to experience. Write here what you’re most grateful for.

9. The lesson(s) you learned.

Write here the lesson(s) you learned. What are the things you want to do more of? What are the things that you want to let go of? 

And you can even write here an advice you’d like to give to yourself for the new year. 

So next you can download and print out the worksheet. And remember to sign up for the SaturdayGift weekly letter so that you never miss any SaturdayGift printables, tips and tools and other SaturdayGift goodies! 

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