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What are some good questions for self-reflection?

With the year and decade coming to an end, I wanted to do a self interview/reflection. I'm basically looking for questions that address the past, present and future. Questions that help reflect or set goals are nice, but anything goes really. This was inspired by Vanity Fair's yearly interview with Billie Eilish, but I also love reflecting on the past and need for structure by setting goals for the future. Plus what better time to do this with the new year and decade coming up?

What I'd like to do is ask myself these questions on a yearly basis, but this one might be longer as I'd put questions that will address things 5 & 10 years from now.

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  1. reifyresonance
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    I recently read about a model for reflecting on where you've been and where you're going. I can't find the link but I did take notes so: Crossroads Model Think about and write down: Where have I...

    I recently read about a model for reflecting on where you've been and where you're going. I can't find the link but I did take notes so:

    Crossroads Model

    Think about and write down:

    • Where have I come from?
    • What's important to me?
    • Which people are important to me?
    • What is hindering me?
    • What am I afraid of?
      Review and revise above.

    Imagine/write down:

    • Road I've already been down
    • Road that beckons (what I've always wanted to try)
    • Road that I imagine in my wildest dreams
    • Road that seems most sensible, that people whose opinion I value would suggest
    • Road that I've considered before
    • Road back to a place where I once felt safe

    As an aside, this kind of thinking (self interview/reflection) is something that tarot excels at. There's an app I like called Golden Thread Tarot that has several spreads programmed in.

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    skybrian
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    I previously asked a similar question. I think it might be a good practice to make a list of questions about things you're curious about and use it to decide what to read throughout the year?...

    I previously asked a similar question. I think it might be a good practice to make a list of questions about things you're curious about and use it to decide what to read throughout the year?

    (Edit: and be feel to be change your mind about what questions you're curious about. I'm not suggesting this as a way of committing to certain questions.)

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    1. ThatFanficGuy
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      I like this. Foundational kind of theory on how to act in the world in the most beneficial manner.

      I think it might be a good practice to make a list of questions about things you're curious about and use it to decide what to read throughout the year?

      I like this. Foundational kind of theory on how to act in the world in the most beneficial manner.

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  3. ThatFanficGuy
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    I'm wondering about building systems. One of the questions I keep thinking about in particular is: how do you build an educational system that holds the students' interests to a high importance,...

    I'm wondering about building systems. One of the questions I keep thinking about in particular is: how do you build an educational system that holds the students' interests to a high importance, does not burden the teachers or the rest of the staff with bureaucratic slowdown, and is scalable so that it could be applied to a country of any size in a reliable fashion?

    It's a good question. It's a massive question, but a good one. I would like to find the answer to it – or at least contribute some theory – in my lifetime.

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  4. Kuromantis
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    One of my favorite questions is: How are we going to encourage social media and most software products to focus on improving the experience for us while still turning a profit? (Servers need to be...

    One of my favorite questions is: How are we going to encourage social media and most software products to focus on improving the experience for us while still turning a profit? (Servers need to be bought and maintained, programmers need to be paid) Tildes and Wikipedia's answer is donations, video games's answer is often freemium but paying customers are a minority and potentially not fiscally responsible community and ads are still present in many mobile games and microtransactions are being used along with gambling/lootboxes despite the fact children play this stuff and are tricked into spending their parents's money regularly (and despite all of this they still charge you 60 dollars if you're on PC) and subscriptions often end up being too expensive and locks anyone without a few hundred dollars of disposable income per month out of your product, which includes teenagers and children, which often are the majority demographic. I think this is an important question because, in the end, these platforms only care about the advertisers because their ads are often the majority of their revenue and ,if not, it's venture capital or user data. They don't make money from us so they won't listen to our concerns,which is way too big a price to pay/risk to take and, in my opinion, the only way to change this is to make ourselves the center of their money supply.

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  5. borja
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    "What's the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"

    "What's the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"

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  6. Icarus
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    Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?

    Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?