Revolutionize Your Year-End Reflection with Tim Ferris’ Past Year Review

Jan 5, 2022 | Quick Takes


The new year is a chance to reflect and reset 🤔. Yet the average person has abandoned their resolutions by February 1 and 68% of people even sooner than that.

What gives?

Sometimes we are too ambitious. Or too vague. Or not committed. We declare “resolutions” because they sound good at the beginning of a new year but often lack honest self-reflection

Years ago, I learned a tip from Tim Ferris that has helped me a lot. Before thinking about the new year, invest time assessing the year you just lived. Ferris calls it the Past Year Review (PVR). Listen to his 8-minute overview on how to prepare your PVR or go here for written instructions.

After completing my PVR, I create 3 lists: Stop, Start, Continue. This is a common framework companies use for a lot of things in business but it can be useful for personal planning, too.

It works like this:

This tool can be applied to you, your relationships and your work. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

Pro Tip! Be sure to include one thing on your list that helps you grow. Growing is healthy, even if it’s uncomfortable. (Discomfort is usually a sign that we’re growing!) Growing can help deepen our self-knowledge, broaden our skill sets, and elevate our consciousness. Even more, growing fuels the soul.

How will you grow in 2022 🌱?

By committing to growth, we let go of the need to be good at something. To resist resting on what we have already accomplished. To recognize that we have undiscovered potential.

Your start, stop, continue list will be unique to you so don’t be distracted by the self-professed resolutions of others. Instead, “stay on your own mat”, as the yogis say. Focus on what you need today, tomorrow and throughout 2022. And don’t wait until January 1, 2023 to reflect and reset. You can do that anytime.

If your feels out of control, take control.

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