Important Questions to Ask Yourself at the Start of 2016

We all have reasonable (and maybe some unreasonable) resolutions for 2016 that we’ve been thinking about as the year is coming to its close—noshing on more greens, spending more time at barre class than the bar, finding a better work-life balance—the list goes on and on. Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a better year than the previous one, we may be going about setting our goals for 2016 in the wrong way. Instead of setting binding (and often a bit demanding) rules for ourselves for the coming year, we should first be asking ourselves some very important questions that will help chart the course of 2016, says Lolly Daskal, president and CEO of NYC-based leadership, executive coaching and consulting firm Lead From Within in a recent Inc. article. Read on to see the some of the important questions you should be asking yourself:

  1. What should I start? Is there something you’ve been wanting to try for a while? You can always start a new hobby or activity, but the new year is always a good time to begin. Go ahead and take a chance because you don’t need to be an expert ever—or at least at first!
  2. What should I stop? There’s bound to be something in life that’s keeping you stuck. Find out what it is and rid yourself of it ASAP.
  3. What should I do more of? Make a list of all the activities and things you are doing and figure out what’s making you happy. Then do more of it.
  4. What should I do less of? It’s the same thing for this one. Maybe it’s the French lessons you liked 3 years ago or the weekly run that you don’t enjoy anymore. It’s only natural that people change and their activities should change accordingly.
  5. What should I be grateful for? Thanksgiving isn’t the only time that we should give thanks for all the little (or big) things in our life that give us joy. Family, friends, a job we love—take time to regularly reflect and express gratitude.


Read the full article at Inc. here. 

Jot down your new activities in this cheery Sugar Paper 2016 planner.

Is there a certain question you ask yourself at the beginning of every year?