When big events in our lives come to an end, it is important to take a moment and reflect and figure out what lessons we learned from that. Whether we are leaving a job, a relationship or moving into a new city, it’s beneficial to reflect on what our lessons learned were. On the same token, at the cusp of new beginnings many of us take time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future. We reflect upon the moments in our lives: successes and failures alike.
Sunday evenings are often ‘lazy’ for me – a time to relax and prep for the upcoming work week. I found a list of questions for reflection to ask yourself every Sunday evening (and journal if you have one). I had been doing this for a couple of months and stopped, but this Sunday evening I’ll be starting back up again.
14 questions for Sunday evening reflections
- What did I learn last week? – You are never to old to learn something and we should be making efforts to learn something new every week. If you’re not being stimulated in your current job, perhaps it is time to find a new one or take up a new hobby.
- What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – This helps you track your progress and lets you know if you’re well on your way to reaching your goals or if you’re stagnant. It gives you a little kick in the booty if you have been neglecting your goals.
- Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why?
- What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – This helps me focus on the most important thing that needs to get done. It also helps me with my weekly ‘to do’ list.
- What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? Maybe it’s prepping meals ahead of time. Or just taking 20 minutes to meditate.
- What was last week’s biggest time sink? Most of the time the answer for me is Facebook. I’ve cut down on my Facebook time significantly, but it is a huge time sink for me and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
- What have I been avoiding that needs to get done?
- Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? – Regular communication can solve problems before they fester. Always keep an open line of communication to those around you.
- Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’? Expressing gratitude to someone who has done something nice for you goes a long way. I just got an unexpected ‘thank you’ card in the mail last week from my sister and let me tell you, it was the highlight of my week.
- How can I help someone else this coming week?
- What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? This can help you get through the tough times. If there isn’t anything you’re particularly looking forward to, come up with something.
- What are my fears? Address your fears and take baby steps to work through them.
- What am I most grateful for?
- If I knew I only had one week to live who would I spend my time with? This is a reminder to those who are addicted to their work or are not spending enough time with loved ones. Would you really be spending your last week alive slaving over the books/your desk? Spend time with those you care about.