While you’re waiting for The Happiness Planner to arrive and to begin using it in the new year, we have created some exercises and printables to help you reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead. Please feel free to share with your friends and family.
1. Reflect on the year in general
Isn't it fun to look back to the year and reflect on what happened, what we learned, and what we had to go through? We always learn something new if we take a few minutes to reflect on the things that happened and let the magic of timing work itself out.
2. Reflect on the highs and lows of this year
There will always be highs and lows in life - happiness, sadness, joy, disappointment, anger, and stress. The key question we should ask ourselves is not “What did we lose from it?”, but rather “WHAT DID WE LEARN?”. The quicker we can change our mindset and shift our focus to that, the stronger and happier we become.
We were able to get those times of happiness and disappointments, because we had certain people and certain things in our lives. Looking back on those moments, what and who do you feel grateful for? What great things happened that you wish you could repeat and how could you make them happen again? Write them all down so you can start visualizing and planning for 2018 in a more meaningful way. Because after all, what we actually remember about the moments in our lives is “how we felt”.
3. Reflect on how you have been spending your time on different areas of your life.
We can’t escape the fact that there are many aspects of life and sometimes it’s hard to be good at everything at once. Sometimes we want one area of our life to excel and we forget to pay attention to the other areas of life. Taking a look at how we spend the only limited resource that we have - our time - can help us realize that we might have been too caught up in one area of our life and that we should start balancing better.
40 years from now when you are old - whether you’ve become a grandparent, traveled the world, or achieved all of the great things you set your mind to - and look back to how you have spent your time during your younger years, how would you like it to look like? Drawing a pie chart of how you picture your time being spent can help you realize what you truly want to prioritize, value, and how you want to be remembered.
4. Envision your life 10, 5, 3, and 1 year(s) from now.
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in moments of fear and self-doubt. When we do that, we often forget our big dreams and forget to unleash our full potential. We might develop a habit of holding ourselves back until one day we may forget what our dreams are. Dream big because even if you don’t reach your ultimate goal, at least you’ll land somewhere nearby.
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but in its wings. Always believe in yourself.
Here are the 3 vision boards for 10, 5, 3, and 1 year(s). I want to visualize yourself in the future thinking about the different areas of your life.
Career : Where will you be? What will you be doing? What will you have achieved?
Relationship/Family : Will you be single or in a relationship? Will you be married or unmarried? Describe the traits that your partner possesses. Will you have a family then? Will you have any kids? What will your family be like?
Environment : What will my home be like? What kind of environment or surrounding will I be in?
Friends : Who do you want to be in your life then? Who will still be there? Who are the new people that will there? What kind of people do you want to attract into your life then?
Activities / Hobbies : What activities will you be doing in your spare time? What hobbies will you be engaging in?
Contribution : How will you be contributing to the world? What and how will you give back to the society?
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5. Think about all the things you want to achieve in 2018 and who you want to be
Now it’s time to think about all the qualities you want to improve, the values you want to enhance or reinforce, and the skills you want to adopt or master. Do you want to be more organized, fearless, and confident? Do you want to engage in more social work because it is aligned with your values? Do you want to learn another language or take a cooking class because that’s what you’ve always wanted to do but never seem to get around to it? Now is the time to write everything down on one piece of paper.
6. Create action plans
After reflecting on the past year and visualizing your life in the future, you now should have more clarity about exactly what you want to achieve in 2018. You should feel more focused and determined now that you have identified exactly what you want to happen and what you will do to make those things happen.
Please feel free to share this with your loved ones. This can be a great family lunch or a friends’ get-together activity.
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