How To Create Your Personal Year End Review

How To Set Up Your Personal Year End Review

Hey Planning Mashers!

The new year will be here in 5 minutes, so it’s time to sit down and review the previous year and the lessons we learned.

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As we’re getting ready for the holiday and starting to plan for the new adventures in the new year, it’s important to make sure we are moving in the right direction.

This can be easily done by conducting your personal yearly review. By doing a yearly review, you can look back at the passing year and make sure you’re in line with your priorities and values.

A yearly review, just like a monthly one, can help you realize where you’re going and if it’s really something you want or you need to make some changes in your goals and resolutions.

Moreover, it’s also a great exercise for mindfulness and conscious living. It’s a way to slow down in that busy holiday season, reminisce about the great moments you had during the year and appreciate all the people and events that shaped your year.

It also helps you to understand yourself more, you might be surprised by things that made you happy and things that don’t. A yearly review is also in a way a little self-discovery journey.

Make sure you review your year before you start on your yearly goals and resolution.

In this post, I gathered 30 questions you should ask yourself when creating a yearly review. Plus a Plan With Me video for my own yearly review Bullet Journal spread, where I explain step by step how i created the spread. That way you get an idea on how to include this into your Bullet Journal.

General Overview

First, let’s look at the year as a whole and think of the most interesting things that happened.

  • All memorable events/experiences of the year
  • All pleasant moments of the year
  • What happened each month
  • Trips/travels
  • New knowledge and skills learned this year
  • How would you describe this year in one word
  • Discovery of the year

Personal Development

Let’s look at how your personal growth this year. This should help you think again about who you want to be and reflect on why some things didn’t work out.

  • New habits developed and which ones you couldn’t stick to (and why)
  • What changed in you in one year
  • 3 important questions you asked yourself
  • What did you manage to get rid of this year
  • What did you forget about this year

Entertainment and Recreation

Taking a break and just spending some time having fun is really important to stay at your best. So be sure to look back at these things, smile and plan more of them for the next year!

  • Best books of the year
  • How did you have rest this year
  • Best movies/tv shows
  • New or the most impressive dish you ate
  • Purchases of the year


We are social creatures, and relationships in our lives are as important as anything else. Ask yourself a few questions on what happened with your relationships this year and how you can do better.

  • New people you’ve met
  • What happened and changed in your family relationships
  • What is worth noting in your relationships with friends


Of course, no review can go without reflecting on your goals. Ask yourself these questions about the year to get a better idea of what your goals path should be for the upcoming one.

  • Goals you managed to close
  • Achievement of the year
  • Career/professional growth
  • Mistakes and disappointments of the year and what lessons they taught you

The Best Of The Year

And to sum up, go through all the best things you experienced this year.

  • The funniest moment of the year
  • The most precious moment of the year
  • The biggest breakthrough of the year
  • The strongest impression of the year
  • The most important insights of the year
  • The most important decisions of the year


If you want to go a little bit further, you can brainstorm a bit about what you want from the upcoming year. Here are a few questions that will help you to get in the right direction:

  • What do you want to be a theme for the upcoming year
  • What’s missing in your list of accomplishments for last year
  • What were you unable to spend enough time on this year
  • What things you’d like to discover, explore
  • What skills you’d like to master
  • What personal quality you’d like to improve
  • What habits you’d like to develop/get rid of

I hope you’re now ready to do a complete yearly review in your Bullet Journal, so let’s just look at how you can create this spread.

How To Create Yearly Review Spread

There are many creative ways you can set up your yearly review page and I gathered a few inspirations for you below.

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Credit: @kendra.bullets

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Credit: @mysocalledbujo

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If you need more, feel free to check my post about Monthly Review, the scale is smaller, but the idea is still the same, so it might give you some inspiration.

My Yearly Review Page

Finally, here is my take on the yearly review. 

Since it’s a very important page for future goals, as well as generally a nice spread to look back at, I thought I’d also make a Plan With Me video.

I think now you should be completely ready to tackle your next year’s goals!

Meanwhile, let us know in the comments what was the best memory you had from the last year?

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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling and don’t be a Blob!