49 Questions to Ask Yourself at the New Year’s Beginning


One may scoff at all those Christmas trees and strange Santa Claus with a fake beard, but New Year is undoubtedly one of the most useful inventions of mankind. Its main advantage, as you know, is not the long period of eating food and fooling around; the idea is in the creation of a kind of reference point when we can sum up our next lap around the Sun and set goals for the new one.


Christmas and New Year interrupt the endless daily routine and give us a priceless chance to look at our life from aside, to evaluate its interim results and adjust goals for the future. So let’s sit down somewhere in a quiet place and fill out a questionnaire. Just for yourself.

Questions about the Previous Year

  1. Which of this year’s events would you tell your children and grandchildren about?
  2. If you had to describe 2014 in three words, what would they be?
  3. What did you learn about yourself?
  4. What this year’s achievement are you most proud of?
  5. What is the best news you have received this year?
  6. What is the most unusual place you’ve visited?
  7. Which of your personal qualities were most useful and relevant?
  8. Which person from your surroundings was the one you relied on?
  9. What new skills have you mastered?
  10. What or whom has inspired your greatest sense of gratitude?
  11. If you were writing a book about this year’s events, what genre would it be? A comedy, a love story, a
  12. drama, a horror story, or something else?
  13. What is the most important lesson you have learned in 2014?
  14. What inner prohibitions have you overcome?
  15. Name five people with whom you have spent the most pleasant moments.
  16. What is the main professional achievement of the year?
  17. Which way did your family relationship develop?
  18. What book or movie has influenced you this year?
  19. What is the most unusual compliment you have received during the year?
  20. What little things have been most pleasant for you in your daily routine?
  21. What cool deeds have you had this year?
  22. Which word could describe the psychological state, most characteristic of you throughout the year
  23. (joy, interest, boredom, fatigue, and so on)?
  24. Was there anything that you did for the first time in your life?
  25. What was the most memorable moment of the year?
  26. What alarms proved to be completely pointless in 2014?
  27. What are the actions you would like to repeat this year?
  28. What was the most valuable gift you have received?
  29. What is the biggest challenge you have coped with?
  30. What moment of the past year makes you smile every time you think of it?
  31. What was the best purchase of the year?
  32. What is the thing you would do differently and why?
  33. What can you praise yourself for?
  34. What last year’s moment would you like to experience again and again?
  35. What made you feel worried most of all last year?
  36. Which topic was the most interesting for you?
  37. What new habits have you managed to acquire?
  38. What advice would you give to yourself last year, if you could go back in a time machine?
  39. Who or what had the greatest positive impact on you last year?

Questions to Pose Concerning the Upcoming New Year

  1. What is the main theme you would like to dedicate this year to?
  2. What would you like to see, discover, and explore?
  3. With whom would you like to spend more time this year?
  4. What new skills would you like to get or improve?
  5. What personal quality would you like to develop and make stronger?
  6. What would you like to change in your daily life?
  7. What habits do you want to instill in yourself or, conversely, which ones do you want to give up?
  8. What career goals have you set for yourself this year?
  9. How would you like to remember the year 2015 when you turn back to it 20-30 years later?
  10. What is your main goal for 2015?