Your 2020 Year in Review: Questions to Ask Yourself

Spotify isn’t the only aspect of your life that should get a year in review. We suggest looking back on 2020 and reflecting on all aspects of this challenging year so that you can grow from it. One way to do that is to be introspective and ask yourself important questions to determine what you’ve learned in 2020 and what the positives of the year were. This can help you find inner peace and focus on living well.

Grab your journal and get ready to dig deep. Here are some journal prompts and questions to ask yourself to get a clear picture of your year in review. 

Questions To Ask Yourself to Find the Positives in 2020

It’s all too easy to get hung up on the negatives, and we all know there were a lot of negatives in 2020. But for now, let’s focus on the positives, which can help bring you some inner peace. Focus on the times that you were living well. Here are ten questions to ask yourself for your year in review.

  • What valuable lessons did you learn?
  • What were the happiest times you experienced?
  • How have you gotten better as a person?
  • What went better than expected?
  • Who were three people who brought you joy?
  • What were three things that brought you joy? 
  • What’s something you didn’t think you could accomplish, but did?
  • What did you do to help others?
  • What did others do to help you?
  • What healthy habits did you form?

Questions To Ask Yourself to Find What You've Learned

Aside from all the positives you came up with in the last section, there’s another thing that’s for sure: you definitely learned a lot in 2020. Valuable lessons that you’ve learned in 2020 can carry over to 2021 and other years to come. Here are nine questions to ask yourself for your year in review.

  • What challenges did you face?
  • How did you grow?
  • What were some of the biggest lessons you learned?
  • What did you learn about yourself?
  • How did you learn to love yourself?
  • What did you discover about your spirituality?
  • How have you shown more resilience?
  • Did you read or watch anything that changed your perspective on life?
  • How did you change from the beginning of 2020 to the end of 2020?

Questions To Ask Yourself to Find What You Can Improve

Take a look back at the hiccups from 2020. No year can be perfect, and nobody can be perfect. There’s always room for self-improvement. Here are six questions to ask yourself for your year in review.

  • What could have gone better in your personal life?
  • What could have gone better in your professional life?
  • What would you like to stop or continue with from 2020?
  • What were the hardest moments of 2020 and how would you improve them in retrospect?
  • Is there anything you regret doing?
  • Is there anything you regret not doing?

What did you learn about yourself in 2020?

After you’ve done all of your journaling and asked yourself these questions, take a step back, and look at the bigger picture. What did you learn about yourself in 2020? This was a doozy of a year, full of rough times, but also full of valuable life lessons. Look at the lessons you’ve learned as positives of 2020. Once you have the bigger picture, you can determine how you can carry what you’ve learned about yourself into 2021. You will be sure to have a better year next year with all your newfound knowledge. 

The Benefits of Journaling your Year in Review

We’re big advocates for journaling here at The Daily Shifts. There are plenty of benefits of journaling, in general, such as experiencing a mood boost. Here are some benefits specifically related to journaling your year in review.

  • It can help you slow down and be introspective.
  • You’ll take more time to ponder these questions than you would if you weren’t writing it all down.
  • You will have these records to look back on in 2021 and beyond.
  • You can share your findings with others if you wish.
  • You may discover more about yourself than you anticipated.

How to Make an Effort to put 2020 in the past

Don’t carry over the negativity of 2020 into 2021. Of course, you want to take the lessons that you learned with you into the new year, but we advise trying to leave the negativity in the past. Move forward with positivity, instead. The Daily Shifts has tools to help you do just that. Take our course to find your true purpose and shift your life and read our e-book to learn our five happiness hacks. Then, for your daily practice, you can use our app as a tool. Put in the work to make 2021 better than 2020 – it will be worth it.

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