How to review 2020: a year when little went to plan

This has been the strangest year. All the more reason to review it.

Sheryl Garratt
4 min readDec 21, 2020


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This has been a year like no other.

We all probably want to put it behind us as soon as possible, but because of that, it’s still worth taking some time to reflect on it. I do this every year, and always find it useful. But this time my process was a little different. So here’s how to review 2020.

Go through your calendar for the year.

It probably won’t be as full as previous years! But nonetheless, make a note of everything you’ve achieved, everything you’re proud of, everything you’ve learned.

Be especially kind, this year.

Acknowledge the small victories, and let go of what could have been, without a global pandemic.

We’ve all found resilience we didn’t know we had. Getting through it is an achievement in itself. Shopping for that elderly neighbour, or checking in on friend who were isolated is an achievement. And anyone home-schooling children while also suddenly trying to do their job from home deserves a medal!

As for all the health workers, the teachers, the key workers who kept the deliveries coming, shops stocked and open, public transport working: we might have stopped clapping, but we still owe you heart-felt thanks.

It’s also a year when the tragic murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement led to welcome reflection and learning for many of us.

More generally, mwwny of us had more time to think, to discover what lights us up, and get back in touch with what’s important to us. As well as appreciate those everyday pleasures that we tended to take for granted — until they were no longer available to us.

Some questions to consider:

  • What have you learned?
  • What skills have you gained, or improved?
  • Have you made new friendships, valuable new contacts, closer community ties?
  • How have you contributed?
  • What did you miss most in lockdown?



Sheryl Garratt

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