To help you organize this process, start by listing important areas of your life, such as relationships, health and fitness, work, and other headings as you see fit—see example. Next, break down each area into subcategories that make sense for your life. For example, relationships might have subcategories of spouse, children, mother-in-law, co-workers, friends, etc. Then in each area start writing down the significant happenings of the past year–positive and negative. Don’t filter your responses, just record.
Next, ask yourself which of the things listed went well and which did not go so well. You may want to use different colored highlighters or pens to differentiate the two.
Finally, think about which of the areas are most important to you and if you focus your energies on them will give you the biggest boost next year. Put a star next to those you’ve identified. You can use the results of this exercise to help you plan and prioritize your goals for the upcoming year. Stay tuned for the January issue of On Track with Barix and we’ll walk you through some goal-setting exercises.
|Method 1 Example|
|Area of Life||Changes, Events, Happenings, Accomplishments|
|Spouse||*date nights, *anniversary dinner, *weekend up north|
|Children||*Kelsey graduation, *David summer work, *birthday celebrations, *weekly Sunday family brunch, family vacation|
|Co-Workers||*remembering birthdays, new co-worker, retirement party for Pat|
|Preventative||*annual check-up, *dental appointments, *flu shot, screenings, *vitamin supplements|
|Exercise Habits||*spinning class, *average steps, injured ankle, fatigue|
|Eating Habits||*meal planning, *food choices, *avoiding sugar, *small meals, *grazing|
|Sleep||sleep study, *better routine, *not enough time|
|Stress Level||*learning to let go, *exercise, *deep breathing exercises|
|General Health||weight, diabetes, **happiness, joint pain, *feel better-but still too tired|
|Work||*new responsibilities, new boss, increased work hours, *raise|
|Budget||new car, graduation party, home repairs, vacation, cut cable bill,|
|Savings||*saving account balance, *retirement account, *HSA|