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7 questions to reflect on before the new year

It’s about time to set New Year’s resolutions for 2021, but before we set goals for the next year, why not take the time to ponder on what we have done in the year that has passed? 

Let’s face it – 2020 has not been the best year. The world has been heavily hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected over 80 million people and resulted in over 1.7 million deaths to date Governments have imposed strict isolation and quarantine measures, as well as travel restrictions. The coronavirus pandemic has caused tremendous global social and economic disruption, to say the least..

Given that it’s such a turbulent year, it’s particularly important for you to wrap up your work, reflect on your past work, and think about how you can improve yourself. To help you think critically, our team at Pacific Prime China has put together a useful list of questions to help you peer into the mirror of 2020.

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Year-end self-reflection questions

These questions should help you reflect on your learnings and inspire you to plan ahead for the upcoming year. It’s best that you set aside some time for yourself and write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. 

Questions for reflection in 2020

1.What were your proudest moments in 2020?

Despite the fact that it has been such a depressing year, there must have been some achievements you have made that deserve celebration. It could be a big mountain of work that you have done, or it could be how you managed to resolve personal conflicts. While we are all too accustomed to making way for improvements, it is crucial to take the time to give ourselves credit and remember our accomplishments because they can help us identify what motivates us and brings us the greatest sense of fulfillment. 

2. What was your biggest challenge?

As painful as it could be, it’s time to look at the dark side and recognize things that didn’t work out. It could be realizing your limitations in work or walking away from a bad relationship. Even though it’s frustrating, you should remember that we all make mistakes, but what truly matters is whether we can assess them objectively so that we can learn the lessons and avoid similar mistakes in the future.

3. What were the things that you needed to let go of?

From resentment to anger, sometimes we need to let things go to move on to the next stage and become a better person. It’s essential that you stop holding on to things that are harming you or no longer serve you so that you can have the space for something new to enter your life.

4. Did you take good care of yourself?

We all have millions of excuses for not practicing self-care, such as not having enough time or “not feeling like it now”. Now is a good time for you to make new, healthier habits part of your regular routine. A good example would be to purchase a solid health insurance policy, an investment that the future you will thank you for. 

Questions for inspiration in 2021

5. How will you simplify your new life?

Sometimes we may have our plates full without knowing about it, or we may be spending time on things that don’t really deserve so much of our attention like, say, social media. It’s crucial that we take time out of our hectic schedules and try to simplify our lives. Instead of adding new goals to yourself endlessly, why not get rid of unnecessary things and focus on what truly matters to your inner self?

6. What do you want to learn in the New Year?

Some people assert that goals should be measurable and specific as it can help you stay on track of progress. However, these performance goals could be extremely stressful and even debilitating, particularly if you don’t have enough experience to meet them. An alternative way is to set learning goals, which emphasize acquiring new skills and knowledge to promote personal growth. For example, if you want to boost your website’s performance, instead of setting ‘increasing web traffic by 50 percent’ as your performance goal, you can use a learning goal of ‘developing five new marketing tactics’.

7. What will be the mantra for 2021?

A mantra is a phrase that encapsulates who you want to be or what you want to achieve. Having a mantra allows you to define intentions for the year ahead. It can be incredibly powerful as it can give you the drive and courage to make things happen in a year. It also serves as a reminder to quit bad habits such as procrastinating. 

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Plan your new year with Pacific Prime China

If you would like to practice self-care by securing health insurance, reaching out to Pacific Prime China is definitely a good start.

Armed with 20 years of experience, Pacific Prime China is an award-winning health insurance brokerage that specializes in international health insurance and employee benefits solutions. Our in-house specialists can compare health insurance to ensure you find the right plan for your needs and budget. Contact us today for a free quote and plan comparison!

Disclaimer: Pacific Prime China solely represents, operates and manages locally regulated insurance products and services in the territory of PR China. Any references to Pacific Prime Global Company or Group, the international services, insurance products or otherwise stated written or verbally, is for introduction purposes about our overseas network only as each entity is fully independent.

Anthony Chan

Content Creator at Pacific Prime China
Anthony Chan is a content writer at Pacific Prime. He’s responsible for writing, translating, and editing articles, guides, infographics, leaflets, as well as other resources for Pacific Prime and Kwiksure.

When he’s not working, he’s usually on the hunt for great restaurants, playing badminton, and writing screenplays.