Forget New Year’s Resolutions and Conduct a ‘Past Year Review’ Instead – Here’s How!

We all love the idea of starting a New Year with a clean slate and setting our goals for the upcoming year. But often, we don’t really take the time to look back at what we have achieved in the past year. We may forget that this is an important step to take before moving forward. That’s why I strongly suggest conducting a “Past Year Review” instead of creating resolutions. In this post, I will discuss why it’s important to reflect on your accomplishments and failures from the past year, and how you can use your insights to create better plans for 2023.

Why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work

Many people set New Year’s resolutions, but few people actually achieve them. In fact, less than 8% of people who set New Year’s resolutions actually achieve them. There are a number of reasons why New Year’s resolutions don’t work.

First, many people make resolutions that are too vague or unrealistic. For example, a resolution to “lose weight” is much less likely to be successful than a resolution to “lose 10 pounds by March.”

Second, people often try to tackle too many changes at once. If you’re trying to quit smoking, eat healthier, and Exercise more, you’re likely to overwhelm yourself and give up on all of your goals.

Third, people often wait until the last minute to set their resolutions. If you wait until December 31st to decide what your goals for the year will be, you’re not giving yourself enough time to realistically achieve them.

Finally, most people don’t have a plan for how they’ll achieve their resolutions. Without a specific plan, it’s easy to get sidetracked or give up when things get tough.

If you want to improve your chances of achieving your goals, forget about New Year’s resolutions and conduct a “past year review.” Spend some time reflecting on what went well in the past year and what could have gone better. Then set specific goals for the year ahead and make a plan for how you’ll achieve them.

What is a ‘Past Year Review’?

As the New Year approaches, many of us start thinking about all the ways we want to improve our lives. We make resolutions to lose weight, save money, or get in shape. But all too often, these well-intentioned plans fizzle out by February.

If you’re looking for a more effective way to set goals and achieve them, forget the New Year’s resolutions and conduct a “Past Year Review.” This exercise will help you reflect on your accomplishments and setbacks over the past twelve months, so you can identify areas where you need to make changes.

To do a Past Year Review, sit down with a pen and paper (or open up a document on your computer). Then, answer the following questions:

What were your biggest accomplishments in the past year?

What were your biggest challenges?

What did you learn?

What could you have done better?

What are your goals for the coming year?

Take some time to really think about your answers to these questions. You may want to ask friends or family members for their input as well. Once you’ve identified your goals for the new year, make a plan for how you’re going to achieve them. Write down specific steps you’ll take and deadlines you’ll set for yourself. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

How to conduct a ‘Past Year Review’

It’s that time of year again when we reflect on the past twelve months and set resolutions for the year ahead. But what if, instead of looking to the future, we took a step back and looked at the year that was?

Conducting a ‘Past Year Review’ is a great way to reflect on your accomplishments and challenges, and set goals for the future. Here’s how to do it:

1. Grab a notebook or open up a document on your computer.

2. Write down all of the major events that happened in the past year, both good and bad. Include things like job changes, births/deaths, moves, etc.

3. For each event, write down how it made you feel. Were you happy, sad, scared, relieved, etc.?

4. Take a look at your list and see if there are any patterns or themes. Are there certain types of events that tend to trigger negative emotions? Are there things you want more or less of in your life?

5. Based on what you’ve discovered, set some goals for the upcoming year. These can be big or small, but make sure they’re realistic and attainable.

6. Write down your goals somewhere where you’ll see them often (on your fridge, in your planner, etc.) and refer back to them throughout the year to help keep yourself on track.

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Examples of questions to ask during a ‘Past Year Review’

1. What did you accomplish last year?
2. What did you learn last year?
3. What goals did you set for yourself last year, and how well did you achieve them?
4. What were your biggest challenges last year, and how did you overcome them?
5. What were your biggest successes or highlights last year?
6. Are there any areas of your life where you would like to see improvement this year?
7. What do you want to focus on or achieve this year?
8. What steps will you take to make sure you achieve your goals this year?
9. Are there any changes or new developments that you need to take into account this year?
10. What can you do differently this year to make sure last year’s challenges don’t repeat themselves?

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The benefits of conducting a ‘Past Year Review’

When it comes to setting goals and planning for the future, many people focus on making New Year’s resolutions. However, looking back at your past year can be just as beneficial in helping you achieve your future goals.

A “Past Year Review” is a great way to take stock of what you have accomplished and identify areas that you may want to improve upon. It can also help you set more realistic and achievable goals for the coming year.

Here are some tips for conducting your own Past Year Review:

1. Set aside some time to reflect on your past year. This can be done solo or with a friend or family member.

2. Make a list of all the major events and accomplishments from the past year, both big and small.

3. Identify any negative experiences or setbacks from the past year and brainstorm ways to overcome them in the future.

4. Think about what you would like to accomplish in the coming year and set some realistic and achievable goals accordingly.

5. Write down your thoughts and plans for the coming year so that you can refer back to them throughout the year.

Conducting a Past Year Review can be a helpful way to reflect on your accomplishments, identify areas for improvement, and set realistic goals for the future. Give it a try today!

Download The Free Personal Annual Report 2022 PDF Here


Conducting a ‘Past Year Review’ eliminates the disapp
ointment of failed New Year’s resolutions and allows individuals to focus on meaningful goals. Reflecting upon the year gone by can help you make better decisions in the futur
e and set more achievable realistic goals. It is also important to take stock of your progress regularly, as this will allow you to identify any areas that need improvement or adjustments before committing yourself to long-term objectives. By conducting an honest review of your achievements thus far, you are equipping yourself with the tools and motivation needed for success in 2023!

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