Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” So, for those of us who choose to do a little examining, here’s a series of questions some of my friends and I use at the close of every year.

The questions are best answered in a small group setting with people you trust. Some of the questions are purely for fun to allow others to better know you, and you them.

New Year’s Reflection Questions

1. Overall, was this past year a good year or bad year for you personally? Professionally? Spiritually?

2. What was your greatest accomplishment this past year?

3. What are your 3 best memories of this past year?




4. What are your 3 worst memories of this past year?




5. What did you learn this past year?

6. What one new fun thing did you do this past year?

7. Best book you read this past year?

8. What book would you like to read this next year?

9. Biggest challenge of the past year?

10. Biggest roadblock you overcame this past year?

11. What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?

12. What are you least looking forward to in the coming year?

13. What is your favorite time of day?

14. What sound do you love?

15. What sound do you hate?

16. What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

17. What profession would you never want to try?

18. If you could go one place next year, just for vacation, where would it be?

19. If you could do one thing this next year, what would it be?

20. What one thing could you do to improve your relationship with God this next year?