Reflecting and Looking Ahead

Reflecting on the previous year before setting goals, or in my case choosing my #OneWord for the year, is important if we want to do it right. This year I am being more intentional in my end-of-year reflection so that I can set myself up for success for next year. Joey Feith reflects by identifying his stars and stairs, and Justin Schleider talks about glows and grows, but whatever you call it, here’s my guide to reflecting on the past year and looking ahead to the next twelve months.

I’ve tried finding the original source for this image without success. Thank you to @PrideandjoyMary for tweeting it to my attention.

Remembering Last Year 

I have such a terrible memory. I’m the person who when asked “how was your weekend?” has difficulty remembering the past 48 hours, so I definitely need help in reflecting on the past 12 months!

1 – Looking back through photographs helps me remember the experiences that I had with friends and family. Thankfully I use Google Photos, which gives free and unlimited storage for educators, to auto-backup all of my photographs. I can then search through my images by location (search my school for classroom photos and scans), or by faces (searching for family members). This puts a smile on my face and jogs my memory.

2 – Technology allows us to use metrics to identify our popular experiences.

I can use the Top 9 app to find my popular Instagram posts – you are following my @carmelhealth account aren’t you?

I’m surrounded by music all the time and I use it to accompany whatever I’m doing – music to study to, music to cook to, music to work out to…you get the picture. Spotify collate your year with great graphics and put together your Top 100 playlist. Here’s mine.

I’ve also tracked my NPR app statistics, and can identify my top twitter interactions using the twitter analytics option. As a blogger on WordPress, I also track my viewer statistics – thank you for supporting the blog as it’s grown over the past 3 years.

Reflecting On The Year

Are you looking for some prompts to help you reflect on the past year? Well. look no further. Here’s the questions that I’ll be asking myself before setting goals for next year.


Looking Ahead to Next Year

It’s that time of year when one of our #healthed skills, goal setting, gets a lot of media coverage. New Year’s Resolutions will be talked about at home and people will be encouraged to think of ways in which to improve themselves, usually after dwelling on their imperfections. However, because these resolutions tend to be behavior based often we set ourselves up for failure. “I want to quit caffeine”, “I want to visit the gym more”, “I’m going to lose weight”. The trouble with these resolutions is that they are too easily broken, which inevitably leads to failure (or guilt).

One alternative to the traditional new years resolution is the concept of one word. The theory behind this idea is that we choose a guiding word that points us towards the type of person that we want to become. And unlike a resolution, a single word can’t be broken. I think of it more as a gentle nudge in the direction towards a more improved version of myself.

Since 2014 I have chosen my own #OneWord to guide me, and words have included resilience, advocacy, provocation, collaboration and environment. I’ll reveal my word for next year in a later post, but until then, consider these prompts to help shape your goal/word for the year ahead.

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If you are considering choosing a #OneWord for yourself for next year, you should check out my #OneWord2018 blog post which shares my experience with choosing a word to guide my actions over the course of a year.

Next week I’ll share my chosen word for 2019….once I’ve narrowed it down from the ideas floating around in my head.

Here are a few #slowchathealth questions to take us towards the end of the year.

Q1. Have you ever chosen a #oneword before? How was it for you? #slowchathealth

Q2. What will your #oneword be for 2019? #slowchathealth

3 thoughts on “Reflecting and Looking Ahead

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