As we approach the end of 2017, we think that now is a good time to start reflecting on the year. If you could describe your year in one paragraph, what would you say? What did you spend most of your time doing? What were the highlights of your year? What things did you accomplish and what things would you have wanted to do differently? If you could write a letter to your past self in preparation for this year, what advice would you give?
One technique that can help you reflect is to “free-write” for a set amount of time. Set a timer for 5 minutes and write without stopping for that entire time. The key is to not stop writing; even if it doesn’t make sense, just keep writing. You can start with one of the questions listed above to focus your writing.
As you take time to intentionally evaluate your life this past year, what things stood out to you?
Since people are creatures of habit, we often repeat the same cycles of behavior over and over. And the longer we repeat a habit, the harder it is to break. What are the habits in your life currently?
Author, Mallika Chopra, created an exercise called “My Balance Wheel” so that she could visually see the areas in her life where she was “struggling, surviving, or thriving.” She writes, “The exercise helped me break down the areas I needed to focus on, ask myself what I wanted, and set the intents to make change.”
After you complete your own balance wheel, what are the things in your life that you want to continue and what do you want to decrease or stop all together? What do you want to start doing?
We hope that these exercises will help you to live a more balanced, healthier, and purposeful life this holiday season and in the new year to come!