Who doesn’t love a fresh start? Taking stock can help you refresh and start again at any time, and a great time is now. The year is almost over, summer is ahead, and a new year looms.
While it is a good idea to hold on to our learning experiences, we want to make sure that our minds don’t end up like Anne Lamott’s: a bad neighborhood you don’t want to visit alone. Taking stock and assessing your life – or an aspect of your life – can be incredibly freeing. It can allow you to make peace with what is, and make space for renewal. It can seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be.
The following 5 steps, and accompanying questions, can help you review, assess, and let go.
1. Download the ugly.
What was really hard this year?
What still keeps me up at night?
Who was not helpful?
What am I not so proud of?
2. Upload the good.
What was really rewarding this year?
What did I learn from the challenges?
Who helped me along the way?
What am I proud of?
3. Reconnect with your values.
Which of my values did I honor?
Which of my values would I like to have honored?
4. Make a plan or goal for moving forward.
How can I honor ____ as one of my values this year (or today, or this week)?
How can I apply what I learned?
How do I make room to do more of the things I love?
5. Make peace with the ugly and embrace the good.
Is there anyone I need to make amends to before I let go?
Are there any tasks I need to complete before I let go?
What am I most excited about now?
How do I make time for more of what I’m excited about now?
Gift yourself an hour to a few days to take stock of your day, your week, or your year, and repeat.