How To Create Your Personal Year End Review

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There are many amazing Bullet Journal page ideas, and in this blog post, we’ll discuss the year-end review page.

Creating a personal year-end review in your Bullet Journal is an excellent idea! With some simple prompts and questions, you can create a designated page that serves as an annual check-in with yourself.

This review gives you an opportunity to focus on what has gone well and identify areas where you would like to grow in the coming months. I

n this blog post, we’ll explore how to create such a review, what to include, how to use it to track progress throughout the following year and set yourself up for success in the year to come.

As we’re getting ready for the holiday and starting to plan for new adventures in the new year, it’s important to ensure we are moving in the right direction.

A yearly review will help you with exactly that! And so much more.

In this post, I gathered 30 questions you should ask yourself when creating a yearly review. Plus, a Plan With Me video for my own yearly review Bullet Journal spread, where I explain step by step how I created the spread. That way, you get an idea of how to include this in your Bullet Journal.

And be sure to check the end of the post for some more ideas and resources.

Why Create A Year-End Review

Taking time to reflect on the past year and plan for the future is essential for personal growth and development. A Year End Review, or annual check-in with yourself, can be a great way to do just that.

By taking stock of what you’ve achieved so far in your life, you can gain insight into where you want to go next and how best to get there.

A yearly review, just like a monthly review Bullet Journal page, can help you realize where you’re going and if it’s really something you want or if you need to make some changes in your goals and resolutions.

Moreover, it’s also a great exercise for mindfulness and conscious living. It’s a way to slow down in that busy holiday season, reminisce about the great moments you had during the year, and appreciate all the people and events that shaped your year.

It also helps you to understand yourself more; you might be surprised by things that make you happy and things that don’t. A yearly review is also, in a way, a little self-discovery journey.

Make sure you review your year before you start on your yearly goals and resolution.

ENd Of Year Review Prompts

Just like with every spread, it’s good to know what you’ll write before you sit down to create it.

So here I got some ideas on what you might want to include in your year-end review page. You don’t have to include all or even any of these, but I hope it will inspire you to find the unique format that works for you.

General Overview

First, let’s look at the year as a whole and think of the most interesting things that happened.

  • All memorable events/experiences of the year
  • All pleasant moments of the year
  • What happened each month
  • Trips/travels
  • New knowledge and skills learned this year
  • How would you describe this year in one word
  • Discovery of the year
Credit: @amyshappyplans

Personal Development

Let’s look at how your personal growth this year. This should help you think again about who you want to be and reflect on why some things didn’t work out.

  • New habits developed and which ones you couldn’t stick to (and why)
  • What changed in you in one year
  • 3 important questions you asked yourself
  • What did you manage to get rid of this year
  • What did you forget about this year

Entertainment and Recreation

Taking a break and just spending some time having fun is really important to stay at your best. So be sure to look back at these things, smile, and plan more of them for the next year!

  • Best books of the year
  • How did you have rest this year
  • Best movies/tv shows
  • New or the most impressive dish you ate
  • Purchases of the year


We are social creatures, and relationships in our lives are as important as anything else. Ask yourself a few questions about what happened with your relationships this year and how you can do better.

  • New people you’ve met
  • What happened and changed in your family relationships
  • What is worth noting in your relationships with friends


Of course, no review can go without reflecting on your goals. Ask yourself these questions about the year to get a better idea of what the path of your goals should be for the upcoming one.

  • Goals you managed to close
  • Achievement of the year
  • Career/professional growth
  • Mistakes and disappointments of the year and what lessons they taught you

The Best Of The Year

And to sum up, go through all the best things you experienced this year.

  • The funniest moment of the year
  • The most precious moment of the year
  • The biggest breakthrough of the year
  • The strongest impression of the year
  • The most important insights of the year
  • The most important decisions of the year
How To Set Up Your Personal Year End Review - spread by @jashiicorrin | Masha Plans
Credit: @jashiicorrin


If you want to go a little bit further, you can brainstorm a bit about what you want from the upcoming year. Here are a few questions that will help you to get in the right direction:

  • What do you want to be a theme for the upcoming year
  • What’s missing in your list of accomplishments for last year
  • What were you unable to spend enough time on this year
  • What things you’d like to discover, explore
  • What skills you’d like to master
  • What personal quality you’d like to improve
  • What habits you’d like to develop/get rid of

I hope you’re now ready to do a complete yearly review in your Bullet Journal, so let’s just look at how you can create this spread.

How To Create My Yearly Review Page

To get started with your own review page, begin by creating a designated area in your bullet journal just for it. This could be one or any number of pages depending on how much space you want to devote to the activity.

You might also like to add some decorative elements such as washi tape or stickers if that’s what helps get you into the reflective mood!

Next, jot down some reflective questions to ask yourself. These could include writing about goals that you achieved, lessons learned, areas of growth, and any challenges or obstacles you faced in the past year.

This is a great way to look back on your accomplishments and figure out what worked and what didn’t so you can be better equipped for the upcoming year.

Once you have completed your review, it’s important to make it an annual practice. You can do this by creating habits or rituals such as scheduling a day in early December where you will set aside time for reflection.

Additionally, consider tracking progress throughout the following year with monthly check-ins or goals that are aligned to your reflections from the previous year.

Of course, the best way to learn how to create one is by watching a Plan With Me video, and I actually have created one for you.

Plan With Me: Year End Review Page

Finally, here is my take on the yearly review. 

Since it’s a very important page for future goals, as well as generally a nice spread to look back at, I thought I’d also make a Plan With Me video.

Now you should be completely ready to tackle your next year’s goals!

Stationery Recommendations

Of course, you can use any type of supplies you can use to create this page. But I definitely have a few recommendations for you as well.

So here is what I love using for a year-end review page:

  • Sakura Pigma Micron – a great fineliner is definitely a must-have when it comes to creating any Bullet Journal spread.
  • Zebra Mildliners – it’s fun to add some color to your pages, and these are my favorites.
  • Tombow Fudenosuke – these small tip brush pens will be perfect for creating little headers and dividers in your spread.
  • HP Sprocket – I love adding pages to a yearly review page, and this is the perfect printer to do it. It needs no ink, and the printing paper is a sticker.

What To Do After Year Recap

Creating a year-end review in your Bullet journal is an invaluable way to reflect on the past year and set yourself up for success in the coming months. By taking stock of what you’ve achieved so far and identifying areas where you would like to grow, this type of review can provide insight into your goals, accomplishments, and future ambitions.

Now that you’ve done that, the next step is to use this knowledge to improve your upcoming year and track your progress.

Once you’ve completed your review take time to make it an annual practice by creating habits or rituals around it.

This could be as simple as taking an hour each week to check in on your progress or setting aside a designated day of the year for reflection and goal setting.

Additionally, tracking your progress throughout the following year is key to staying motivated and seeing tangible results from what you’ve reviewed. This could include writing down short-term goals you want to achieve, creating vision boards, or establishing monthly habits that will help keep you focused and organized.

Finally, think about how you can set yourself up for success in the upcoming year by planning ahead and setting realistic yet achievable goals for yourself.

Taking into consideration what you’ve reviewed from last year will give you a better understanding of what works best for motivating yourself and also allow you to build upon past successes rather than starting from scratch.

With your Bullet Journal as a tool, you can now start the New Year feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes next.

More Resources

Before you leave, I wanted to leave you with a few more posts you might want to check next:

Meanwhile, let us know in the comments what the best memory you had from the last year was.

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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling, and don’t be a Blob! 

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