Back in the day when my email address was still at yahoo.com, Axel and I used to sometimes host a small gathering on New Year’s Eve with a survey reflecting on the past year and looking forward into the New Year. Introverts loved this “party” and went home at 8:15 when they were done with their reflections and hopped into bed. Extraverts talked quietly to each other about the questions and then left to go to a real party after.
It’s been many years since I’ve hosted a gathering on New Year’s Eve – though unbelievably I did manage to attend one last year! There were no surveys though and by the time I realized this, it was too late to curate one.
I had brunch with my childhood friend Alice, in town from New York, just a few days ago. As we were parting ways, she said, “If you make a survey, send it to me!”
So here you go Alice and here you go everyone! I highly recommend printing this out or copying it down onto real paper, but I suppose you could just look at it on your phone and think about the answers. If you thought your New Year’s Eve in front of the TV with a box of Wheat Thins was going to be boring, it has now turned into the Reflective Event of the Year!
Happy Surveying to You and Yours. I, for one, hope to get back into surveys in 2019. May there be many more where this came from.
2018 Year in Review
What three verbs summarize your year?
What things (if any) made you laugh this year?
What things (if any) made you cry?
Who was there for you this year? Who were you there for?
Did you make any 2018 New Year’s Resolutions?
If so, are you able to recall or look up what they were?
If you have any idea of what they were, how did you do meeting those aspirations?
If you have no idea what they were, or didn’t make any, why?
Did you receive any odd holiday cards this year? If you didn’t understand them, did you contact the sender for clarity?
Draw a picture of the Typical You of 2018:
2019 Year in Preview
What ways of being do you want to continue into 2019?
What do you want to add/change in the new year?
What superhuman powers will you need to live the way you want to live this year?
What people, things, or situations are going to limit your dreams for the new year?
Can you imagine any way to limit the limitations?
Draw an encounter between the Typical You of 2018 (see your previous drawing) on their worst day and the Typical You of 2019 on their best day.
Now save a copy of this somewhere so that you remember what you’re hoping for this year.