A new year means time for resolutions and starting over. But we’re already a chunk into the new year and what’s happened to those resolutions? On a sticky note under some papers?
Maybe it’s time to rethink those hastily put together resolutions and create stronger and deeper goals. That should get you going!
Yet, to truly decide where you’re going, you need to also know where you’ve been. This past year, I got really excited about my year and created my “A Year in Review – 2016” in my bullet journal. I want to share how I went about picking the important things and putting it all together.
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- Paper – I have my trusty bullet journal!
- Colorful pens (we love these or these)
- A timeline of the year
What did I do this year?
For me it was super helpful to write down my big topics first that I could remember without looking at a timeline. Things like “I got married!” or “Adopted a puppy” or “Moved across the country…again” easily got placed at the top of my list.
Then I turned to my Facebook timeline to help me fill in all the blanks. I knew if it was important enough to post, it’s important enough to be in my review! Things like “Alan Rickman passed away” (we will miss you Professor Snape!) and “bought my wedding dress” went next onto my list.
Create a layout
I started my review layout by drawing a bubble map of all the months coming off of the title in the middle. Ever since I got my ginormous pack of amazing Staedtler Fineliners, I can’t stop using all of them! So I made each month a different colored bubble as to better use all of the options.
Adding in your memories
This is the easy part. Just take everything you want to remember from our list and add it to its corresponding month. Then, poof! You now have a cohesive and concise map of all of your adventures for your year. I’m even thinking of doing something similar for my months.
You never realize how fast time flies until it’s three months later and you were trying to remember that one thing that you did that one time at that one place. This way, when I do my review for next year, I will be able to use my bullet journal rather than Facebook! (I’m really trying to get away from technology…)
How to apply your review to your next year
Reviewing my review was incredibly helpful. Seem redundant? Yes, but it was also helpful in understanding last year’s goals and creating new ones for this year! On the following page, I wrote out what I thought were the most helpful experiences into achieving my 2016 goals and whether or not I achieved them.
For example, I wanted to get into nursing school so I moved across the country and enrolled in my local college to start earning the pre-reqs. Check to that goal! So this year, my new goal is to create a plan to continue my education until I get accepted into nursing school so far so good!
Hope that your year was fun-filled and exciting and that this spread will help remind you of that!
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