New Year Check in Questions

New year check in questions

We’re a few days into a new year and while I wasn’t planning to start my new posting cadence until next week, I wanted to check in with everyone. I shared my words of the year on Instagram, which isn’t something I usually participate in. However, this year, I’ve taken comfort in creating a new routine, focusing on self-care and honing my focus on my goals. It’s never too early to take stock and adjust your course, so I have some new year check in questions for you to consider below. 

Also, head on over to Instagram and check some romance book recommendations from me and Buster (Jennifer Probst is one of my favourite authors who wrote one of my favourite craft books, Write Naked. Sarina Bowen is a new to me author who I’m really enjoying reading).

New Year Check In Questions

New year check in questions

  1. What went well in 2018? Looking back, what are you proud of?
  2. How did you grow personally and professionally? What goals from 2017 did you cross off?
  3. What are the three things that stand out to you from last year? Go with your gut here – these are your standout moments, the first things that come to your mind when you think of 2018. Are they positive or negative? How can you make 2019 even better?
  4. What isn’t working? Where do you feel stuck? How will you make room to grow what serves you and let go what doesn’t (even if these are people)?
  5. What new thresholds will you cross in 2019? What doors are closed to you right now that you will open? Maybe you want to lose weight, eat better, or write a book, but you’re getting in your own way. Move over and make way for 2019, friends.
  6. What kind of person do you want to be in 2019?
  7. At this time next year, what do you want the answer to question #1, #2 and #3 to be?
  8. What is your action plan to achieve success?
  9. What are your words for 2019 (feel free to borrow mine)?
  10. What were your biggest time wasters in 2019? Did you spend too much time looking at a screen? If so, consider a digital detox to help you stay focused.

New Year Check In Questions

How do you want the next 362 days of your life to look? How will you make it happen?

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3 thoughts on “New year check in questions

  1. What went well in 2018? Looking back, what are you proud of?
    – I’m proud of continuing to improve our marriage, finding new recipes, finally replacing our HVAC system, dedicating so much more time and energy to my 2012 WIP, finally starting my newest novel idea during NaNoWriMo 2018.

    How did you grow personally and professionally? What goals from 2017 did you cross off?
    – I developed more confidence as a blogger and a fiction writer. I read more books, and grew to love book reviews. I maintained my professional coder certification.

    What are the three things that stand out to you from last year? Go with your gut here – these are your standout moments, the first things that come to your mind when you think of 2018. Are they positive or negative? How can you make 2019 even better?
    – I finally surpassed 50,000 words for my 2012 WIP. It happened on New Year’s Eve, but it gave me such a huge confidence boost!
    – I fell heavily into credit card debt at the end of the year, which is incredibly embarrassing and shameful. I overspent on hobbies this year, including clothing and my American Girl dolls. I’m determined to pay off all the debt as soon as possible. I made an “essentials only” spending list, which includes a new pair of glasses, a new pair of prescription sunglasses, a better pair of black dress shoes, and a new, tailored business suit.

    What isn’t working? Where do you feel stuck? How will you make room to grow what serves you and let go what doesn’t (even if these are people)?
    – I have to stop being on Facebook so much. I’m already working on reducing screen time, and setting that essentials-only list for the year. Most of my overspending came from Facebook groups.

    What new thresholds will you cross in 2019? What doors are closed to you right now that you will open? Maybe you want to lose weight, eat better, or write a book, but you’re getting in your own way. Move over and make way for 2019, friends.
    – Get back to a consistent workout plan with weight training. We get our cardio in with walking our dogs twice a day, but I’ve been encouraged to re-establish weight and strength training.
    – Be consistent with my vitamins and iron supplement!
    – I will finish the first draft of my 2012 WIP.
    – I will complete the first round of editing for my 2012 WIP.
    – I will get closer to finishing the first draft of my 2013 WIP.
    – I want to transition into a new job that allows me to work from home, or at least have a shorter commute.

    What kind of person do you want to be in 2019?
    – I want to be a more engaged wife to my husband, healthier with my diet, and stronger with a consistent workout routine.

    At this time next year, what do you want the answer to question #1, #2 and #3 to be?
    – Being proud of more accomplishments with our house (de-cluttering, new roof, etc.)
    – Growing as a healthcare professional, and finding a position that strengthens that growth
    – Being debt-free!
    – A significant reduction in screen time

    What is your action plan to achieve success?
    – Designated time for using my phone and iPad
    – Designated time for writing, whether it be blogging or fiction writing
    – Designated unplug time
    – Building a support system regarding finding a new position and better commute

    What are your words for 2019 (feel free to borrow mine)?
    – Organization, focus, time.

    What were your biggest time wasters in 2019? Did you spend too much time looking at a screen? If so, consider a digital detox to help you stay focused.
    – Absolutely screens!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Once it’s written down, it becomes a goal instead of a dream and much easier to work towards.

      It’s ironic because when you’re working towards building an author platform, social media becomes necessary while also concurrently being a time waster because it takes you away from writing.

      For my book launch, I intend to hire a PR firm (even though I have a PR degree) just for the time saving component.

      I work in the financial services space, so promoting a book is a different ball game for me! I am also not the best with creating fancy pants graphics, so this will help me immensely.

      I’ve been so focused on writing and health goals that I’ve fallen behind in other areas, like decluttering and creating a home space that I love. It’s so hard to do it all, isn’t it?

      We’re planning to move this year, so it will be a great opportunity to let go of things we don’t need as we start on the next chapter of our lives.

      I look forward to following your progress on your blog (and eventually reading your book!).

      1. You’re welcome!

        I agree with you about writing things down. It’s so true!

        I’m excited for your planned move! Looking forward to updates on that.

        Thank you so much for all of your kind words, and support, both here on the blog and in our email correspondence. You are awesome!

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