Your Year-end Life Audit: 25 questions to help you prepare for the New Year

As we start the final countdown on another year, this a great time to take stock of our lives. Over the past few years, I have seen the importance of planning my life instead of allowing it to simply happen. I don’t want the chips to fall where they may. I want to blaze a trail into the future I want to create. Sure, I can’t control everything that happens. But it’s amazing how often people that are prepared and work hard just seem to be the lucky ones!

Your Year-end Audit

To prepare for the New Year, I’m personally using these 25 questions to complete a year-end life audit. You might have heard the phrase, “what gets measured, gets managed.” These 25 questions will help you evaluate the past year and plan out your goals for the coming year. They are broken down into 5 categories.

Goals

  1. What goals did I have for this year?
  2. Which goals did I meet?
  3. Which goals came up short?
  4. Why did I meet the goals I met?
  5. How can I meet 100% of my goals next year?

Family

  1. Did I lead my family spiritually?
  2. Did I spend quality time with my wife? My children?
  3. How often did we turn off the T.V. and spend quality time together?
  4. What special memories did we make last year?
  5. How can I be a better father next year?

Faith

  1. Did I have a consistent devotional time (Bible study)?
  2. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10=highest), how would I rate my prayer life?
  3. Did I tithe/give regularly to my church?
  4. Did I serve others and use my talents for more than just myself?
  5. How can I be a Light Bearer next year?

Career

  1. Was I a positive employee this year?
  2. Was I a joy or a pain to work with? Was I a team player?
  3. Did I meet my work goals/objectives/quotas?
  4. Did I work hard and challenge myself?
  5. How can I work “as for the Lord” next year?

Personal Development

  1. How many books did I read this year? (audio books count!)
  2. What other training or personal development did I engage in?
  3. Did I manage my finances well?
  4. Am I healthy in these three areas: Physical, emotional, spiritual?
  5. How can I personally improve next year? What areas should be my greatest focus?

I am in the process of working through these questions and being honest about where I’m at in life. These 25 questions will help me to make the most of the new year! I hope you join me.

Question: What questions would you add? How do you evaluate your year and prepare for the coming year? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Founder of the Phosphorus Project

Husband, Father, Leader, Dreamer, Communicator
A screwed up person bringing Hope to other screwed up people.