No matter where Baby Boomers are on the threshold of their retirement, it can be very beneficial to track their transition into their encore stage of life. Before creating visions and goals for your next year, I recommend taking time at the end of this year to reflect back on what you experienced during the current year.
10 Questions for Review and Reflection
Read through your calendar, journal, and any other documentation you may have used to record the events of this year. Give yourself uninterrupted time to do your review and reflections. Ask yourself these 10 questions:
- What overall pattern or trend did you discover for the year?
- What is one achievement that you are most proud of?
- What helped you to make that achievement happen?
- What stood in the way of achieving what you had planned?
- What do you want to work more on in the coming year?
- What will be different next year?
- What unexpected gifts or challenges did you experience this year?
- What do you wish you had known at the first of this year that you know now?
- If you could wave a magic wand, what would you make happen right now?
- What title would you give this year to fully describe it? – The year of ____________.
When you take the time to thoroughly review and reflect upon what you experienced in the current year, you honor your time, your energy, and your effort. It can be viewed as the stepping stone for what is to come next and can serve as a guide for you when you create your vision and goals for the upcoming year.
What did you learn from your review and reflection of this year?
Janice Williams Retirement Coach, www.welcomingretirement.com