Reflecting on your past year is essential to planning for the future. It helps you see what worked and what didn’t so that you can improve on it in the next year.
When reflecting on your past year, you probably want to focus on your successes, but there are also things that can hold you back from achieving more in the future. Reflect on both the positive and negative aspects to get a balanced view.
If you want to make sure that your next year is better than the last, here’s how to reflect on 2022 in order to have a better 2023
How to reflect on 2022 in order to have a better 2023
List your accomplishments
Write down everything that you did well this year. Did you meet a goal? Did you make progress toward something? Did you learn something new? Did you help someone else out? Did anything go wrong but still turn out OK in the end?
Analyze your failures
If something didn’t work out as well as expected, think about why that happened and what went wrong so that the next time around, it will go better. Was it just bad luck, or did you make a mistake that could have been avoided? What would have made it easier for things to turn out differently? Take note of what didn’t work out as planned or hoped for. Did you have any failures or disappointments? What can you do differently next time so that things turn out better?
Analyze your 2022 plan and goals
Ask yourself if things went according to plan. How did things go? Did they go according to plan, or were there surprises? Were there any major changes that affected your plans? If so, what were they, and how did they impact your life?
Reflects on your regrets
If there’s anything you regret doing or wish hadn’t happened during 2022 (like failing an exam or losing money), think about how this could be avoided in 2023. For example, a different approach would have been more effective for passing exams; or it would have been better not to spend so much last year because it meant fewer savings for later years.
Make a list of what you’re grateful for
Make a list of what you’re thankful for from last year. What were the good things that happened? What did you learn? What was exciting about your life this year? How can you maintain them in the coming year? How will you improve on them in 2023?
Once you have a list of events from last year (and maybe even before), start thinking about how they could be different this year. What would need to change so that everything from the past year would be different? What would need to stay the same?
Once you have some ideas for how things could improve next year, make sure they are written down so you can refer back to them later!
Your 2023 plan and goal should be built on the result of your reflection. This will help develop a more viable plan to guide you through the year.