The 2018 Year in Review Template to Reflect, Learn, and Grow

A Year in Review has become one of the most important journaling exercises I do every year. (If not THE most important.)

Your Year in Review sets the foundation for the rest of your year.

As Jon Kabat-Zinn says:

“If we ever hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing…we may only go in circles…”

A new year is a time to step forward. And a Year In Review process helps you arrive where you are standing.

By reviewing the past—be it a day, week, month, or year—you close the door on that chapter, enabling you to arrive fully in the present, able to look ahead to the future.

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The Structure of A Good Review

I conduct some sort of review on a daily, weekly, quarterly, and yearly basis. Each of these reviews follows the same core structure. Here are the pieces at play that you’ll follow in this guide.

  1. Fundamentals: “How did I do with the fundamental habits that support my energy and attention?” When we have good energy, everything in life is easier. Start here.
  2. Wins: “What went well? What’s worth celebrating?” Our minds are wired to look for what’s wrong. We can counteract that by proactively celebrating wins. And reinforcing your identity as someone who creates wins by punctuating them with a #thatslikeme.
  3. Opportunity Areas: “How can I get better?” Every apparent failure or mistake is an opportunity to improve. Identify them so you can level-up next time around.
  4. Major Lessons and Insights: “What did I learn?” An insight only changes your life if you carry it with you and act differently as a result. Documenting big insights helps with this.

Your 2018 Year In Review

Congratulations! Another year has come and gone. You’ve made another trip around the sun on this little rock in space. And you’re ready to gear up for the next journey.

But before we do that, it’s time to get present to the unique opportunity of this season.

A Year-In-Review is about creating space to:

  • Reflect on your year
  • Celebrate what went well (#thatslikeyou)
  • Identify growth opportunities
  • Solidify important insights
  • And get excited for the year to come.

If you’re reading this, you’re the type of person who cares about leading a life that will make your future self proud. You strive to live an intentional life that’s focused on the things that matter most. And you’re excited about doing what it takes to take your life, career, health, and relationships to the next level.

The Year In Review Template will help you do just that.

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Here a few best-practices to keep in mind when completing this exercise:

  • Give yourself space: Put a meeting with yourself on your calendar. Give yourself the gift of time to reflect and unpack the year. This exercise can be a big boost for your new year.
  • Prepare yourself for deep creative work: Get a full night of sleep, get some exercise, fuel your body well, and when the time comes, get fully present and eliminate all distractions.
  • Consider why this process matters to you: What amazing results or outcomes might be possible for you if you complete this year in review?
  • Print it out ahead of time: Access the workbook below and print it out. Eliminate any potential friction from your path.
  • Find an uplifting location: Go to your favorite coffee shop, the local greenhouse/conservatory, or another physical environment that lifts you up.

Give yourself a high five. Grab your favorite water/tea/coffee. Take a deep breath. And let’s do this!

The Mindful Ambition 2018 Year in Review Template

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I created this workbook because I couldn’t find an existing Year in Review template that met all of my needs. After filtering through countless other annual reviews created by many brilliant thinkers, I selected the best-of-the-best questions and organized them in an intuitive structure.

Companion Workbook: Your Best Year Yet Planner Template

Conducting your 2018 Year in Review lays the foundation for you to make 2019 your best year yet.

When you access one workbook, you’ll get both.

I can’t wait to see what you create in this new year.

Access the Year-In-Review and Best Year Yet Templates

End your year on a high note and create a bulletproof plan to make this your best year yet!

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