Are You Lost at the End of the Year?

Do you ever feel like time is slipping away from you, passing by too quickly and yet moving too slowly at the same time? If you can relate to that feeling, you’re not alone. We all find ourselves swept up in the rush of daily life, and before we know it, another year has gone by. But how can we avoid feeling lost in the fog of memories at the end of the year and gain a better understanding of our journey? Let me share a simple yet powerful technique for reflection that has made a big difference in my own life.

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”

William Gibson

As the end of the year approaches, it can be difficult to remember events that happened earlier in the year, before November and December. This isn’t just about getting older; it’s about the many demands on our time and attention that can make it hard to keep track of everything. Memories of yesterday, last week, or last month can quickly fade away as we focus on what’s coming next. So how can we break out of this cycle and gain a clearer perspective on our lives?

My Solution — 

I dedicate just 15 minutes at the end of each month to reflect. During this time, I ponder on what stood out, celebrate the victories, acknowledge the successes, and consider what could be improved. This brief but intentional reflection allows me to process the happenings of the month, preventing them from fading away into the past. To solidify these reflections, I take another 15 minutes to jot down a concise summary in my weekly planner, utilizing the notes page opposite the monthly calendar view for easy reference.

When the year concludes, I revisit these monthly summaries, creating a comprehensive narrative that unveils the richness of my experiences. Surprisingly, it often paints a more positive picture than my unaided memory would recall. This simple practice transforms the year-end reflection from a vague blur into a vivid mosaic of accomplishments, lessons, and personal growth.

As we approach the end of another year, let’s challenge the usual way of reflecting. Instead of waiting until the end of the year, take 15 minutes at the end of each month to intentionally reflect on your journey. This will help you gain a more nuanced understanding of your experiences and prevent you from overlooking important moments. This reflective technique can be your compass, guiding you toward a more fulfilling, informed, and memorable year-end experience. Let’s make the most of our time and appreciate the richness it brings to our lives.

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