The start of a new year is a great time to self-reflect, to explore, to wonder, to wish. Here’s a list of 17 prompts, including fill-in-the-blank sentences and questions, for helping you do just that…
For me 2016 has been _________ and ___________.
Next year, I’d like to focus more on __________.
Next year, I’d like to focus less on __________.
In 2016 I found myself envious of __________, which I think means that I want __________ in my life.
What 3 questions do I have about 2017?
How might I start exploring to find my answers?
What am I missing right now that I really want?
In 2016 __________ was especially hard and hurt my heart. __________ is a healthy way for me to explore and ease my pain.
What are the sounds I’d like to hear in 2017?
_________ and _________ would make 2017 a wonderful year.
What do I need to reassess in my life in order to truly focus on my priorities?
What do I yearn to create in 2017? (This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite interviews on creativity, which might inspire you as you contemplate your own creativity: “For me, creativity is like exhaling. Not because it’s easy, but because it seems very logical to me that there must be a balance between input and output. We spend so much time consuming: information, space, food, resources and time. Creativity is a natural output. You don’t need special skills or talent, just a willingness to play, just like when you were a kid. Using the arts this way can provide balance.”)
What enchanted me in 2016?
What will enchant me in 2017?
In 2017 what’s worth pursuing because of the process even if it doesn’t work out?
____________, ____________ and ____________ are my favorite memories from 2016.
____________, ____________ and ____________ are the memories I’d like to make in 2017.
In 2016 I felt especially overwhelmed about ____________ and ___________. When I feel like I’m drowning, __________ is my life jacket.
What do I want to stop chasing in 2017?
What do I want to learn in 2017?
Happy New Year!
P.S., You might like this piece I wrote last year about different ways to map out the new year. These ways promote feeling inspired, instead of setting goals that make you feel guilty, ashamed or like you need to be shackled to certain shoulds, such as: I should lose weight or I should earn more money or I should be more productive.