Festive Facilitation: NYE Reflections


New Year’s reflection! Reflection or reflective thinking can help us gain a better understanding of the future by looking at the past. 🔄 👀💡Read more about the power of reflection here.


Step 1: Get ready

To kick-off your 2021 reflections make sure you’re in a relaxed setting; take time to dive into your thoughts without feeling rushed or pressured.
You can put on some music (check out our Mischief Makers reflection playlist on Spotify), grab a cup of tea or any other drink that gets you cozy, sit somewhere comfortable.

Step 2: Let’s go

Depending on how elaborate you want your reflection session to be, you can select from the elements and questions below.

👉 Do you want to make your own, personal overview?
Start with the timeline, map out highs & lows and then dive deeper into the moments that stood out to you. Ask yourself the general reflection sessions to get insights and feed learnings forward.

👉Are you looking for some trigger questions to dive into with a group of friends?
Get inspired and select from the list below. You can set the tone and define the level of depth when choosing the questions and by giving starting to share your own answers as example.

Mix of reflection questions

  • What made you feel strong, empowered or proud this year?

  • If you could go back in time and change something, what would it be and why? What can you learn from it? 4. What mindsets do you want to bring into the new year?

  • Choose three words to define your past year.

  • What are you most proud of?

  • Who are the three people who influenced you the most?

  • What is the best thing you have discovered about yourself?

  • Choose 5 emojis to describe your year.

  • Say goodbye to the past year: is there anything or anybody you would like to say goodbye to? What will you leave in 2021? Draw or write, then think about it and let it all go. Mischievous tweak: burn the piece of paper to symbolically let go.

  • Find more questions here.

Here are some general reflection questions

(which can offer hooks into the reflection process)

💭 What happened that affected me most?  

💭 How did that make me feel?  

💭 What have I learnt about myself, and how I work?  

💭 What have I learnt about others?  

💭 How can I apply these learnings going forward?  


Grab some papers and pens or use an online whiteboard to sketch a timeline, mapping out every month of the past year.

  • Round 1: what happened? roughly map out significant events, travel, (professional) highs / lows, people that played a role.

  • Round 2: map out Highs (things that lifted or helped you) & Lows (things that were heavy/brought you down). Think on a more emotional level.

  • Round 3: look at the moments you mapped out:

    • Highs: What are the similarities and differences? Why did it bring out positive outcomes? How can we maintain it?

    • Lows: What are the similarities and differences? Why did it bring us down? How can we change to stop it from happening again?

  • Optional rounds: add to the timeline and map out

    🌍 Travels 
    🎧 📚 Listens / reads

    🎉 Events
    📸 Pictures 
    ⚡️ Energy curve

Materials // Remarks

Also have a look at the “Well of Knowledge”: a reflection model, which we recommend pulling from to optimise any learning journey. This model is about figuratively diving into the deep (the four layers of the well) to better understand learnings.


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