As 2020 draws to a close and 2021 fast approaches, I remind myself of the importance of taking time to stop, reflect, think, and plan, especially this year of such change and unknowns. In past years, I have found the investment of time to do this quite beneficial, and I invite you to do so, too, for 2020/2021.
While many are glad to see 2020 end, spending time to reflect on the year may be helpful to process the experiences of the year and to heal and move forward in 2021. Reflecting on 2020 provides time and space to synthesize the monumental events of the year, enjoy some memories, feel gratitude, perhaps process and let go of some challenges and pain, and learn. Reflection offers the opportunity for focus and closure.
Once you have thought back through your year, investing time in envisioning your new year (including a vision of getting a vaccine) can be helpful and fruitful. Making big plans for 2021 may feel out of reach right now, but setting small, concrete, and achievable goals or plans may feel more doable.
Recognizing 2020 has been a challenging one, I have simplified the reflection and planning forward process in the pages that follow. Set aside 1-2 hours to do the process. To enhance the process, consider sorting through this for yourself and then sharing your thoughts with a significant other or close friend.
Have fun with this and let me know how it goes!
Wishing you a healthy and hopeful 2021,