Get The Most Out of the Week After Christmas

Is it just me or does it seem like the weeks leading up to Christmas come and go so quickly and then the week after Christmas drags on and on? There is so much expectation for Christmas with people to see, parties to attend, candles to light at Christmas services. Then, the big day comes and many feel the anxiety of now facing a new year.

For the past few years, instead of dreading the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I have come to look forward to it. It has become a time for reflection and preparation. What has been amazing is to find how good years really were after asking the right questions. I have also found myself genuinely excited for New Year’s to come after properly setting up the correct expectations.

So, what is the best way to spend your “low week”? The answer is to rest, reflect, remember, celebration, repent, and prepare to move forward. Below are some questions to journal about throughout the week as you put this year “to bed’ and prepare to “wake up” 2018.

1. The most important goal that I achieved this year was:

2. My biggest fitness accomplishment was:

3. My biggest career accomplishment was:

4. My biggest relationship accomplishment was:

5. These are the skills I acquired this year:

6. A big mistake that I made this year—and the lesson that I learned as a result—was:

7. An obstacle or a challenge that I overcame this year:

8. This year, I learned the following about myself:

9. Here’s something I learned about other people:

10. This made me laugh the hardest this year:

11. The most fun I had all year was:

12. My best memory of the year was:

13. My biggest regret of the year was:

14. My biggest disappointment of the year was:

15. The books I read this year were:

16. My favorite movie of the year was:

17. A TV show I really enjoyed watching this year was:

18. I really enjoyed this live performance (concert, play, musical, or dance performance):

19. Here’s a song I listened to over and over again this year:

20, This is something I wish I hadn’t bought this year:

21. This is the best thing I bought all year:

22. Someone I really enjoyed spending time with this year was:

23. I adopted this new positive habit:

24. I dropped this negative habit:

25. One time I stood up for myself this year was:

26. The scariest thing I went through this year was:

27. A really cool thing I created this year was:

28. My most common mental state this year was:

29. Here’s how I grew emotionally this year:

30. Here’s how I grew spiritually this year:

31. The best gift I received this year was:

32. The nicest thing someone did for me this year was:

33. The nicest thing I did for someone else this year was:

34.  I showed real gumption this year when I:

35. If I could change one thing about this year it would be:

36. A new food/dish I tried this year was:

37. This year my physical health was:

38. Here’s a new friend I made this year:

39. This year I traveled to:

40. Here’s one adventure I had this year:

41. One contribution I made to my community was:

42. This year I spent a lot of time here:

43. This year I broke out of my comfort zone by:

44. A hobby I loved spending time on this year was:

45. This year I practiced self-care by:

46. My biggest time waster this year was:

47. Here’s a great time-saving hack I learned this year:

48. What I am most grateful for this year is:

49. Here are three words that would sum up this year:

50. If I could travel back to the beginning of the year, here’s some advice I would give myself:

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