30 Journal Prompts For The New Year

by The Violet Journal
Journal prompts for the new year

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journal prompts for the new year

The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the past year, and create some goals for the year to come. Use these journal prompts for the New Year to practice self reflection, and make the most of this new start.


The New Year is the Perfect Time to Start a Journal

The New Year is the perfect time to form new, healthy habits, and I highly recommend you add journaling to this list of habits! It’s the perfect time to start a journal if you don’t already have one, and if you do – it’s the perfect time to start a new one!

Journaling is one of the best habits you can get into. It’s incredibly healthy, and promotes mindfulness and good mental health. It’s also not hard to do – you can journal as much or as little as you wish, but I recommend dedicating at least 5 minutes a day to journaling.

The New Year is all about fresh starts. You probably have a lot of feelings going into the New Year. Perhaps it’s anxiety about the unknown, or excitement at the opportunities the New Year will bring you. Either way, it’s healthy to get these feelings out on paper and an end of year reflection is the perfect way to do this.

Read Next: How To Start a Journal for Beginners


Why Should You Do an End of Year Reflection?

The New Year is the perfect time for self reflection. It gives you a fresh start; an opportunity to reflect on the past year and reinvent yourself in time for the New Year. 

Journaling allows you to reflect on everything that happened in the past year. It allows you to reflect on the good times – the times you want to remember. By writing these memories down you’ll have them with you forever.

It also allows you to reflect on the not so good times. The times you want to put behind you and forget. But these are the moments you can learn the most from. You learn the most from your struggles and our mistakes. It’s important to reflect on the hard times in order to become a better version of yourself for the New Year.


How Should You Use These Journal Prompts?

You should use these journal prompts however you like, and in whichever way best fits your journaling practice. You can pick and choose your favourite journal prompts and answer them individually. Or perhaps you’d prefer to answer one a day for the whole of January.

Or, you can do what I do and answer all of them at once, in order. This is the perfect self reflection exercise. It requires dedication – it takes me a good few hours to complete my yearly reflection in my journal – but for me it’s worth it.

I like to keep all of my yearly reflections in the same folder on my iPad, so I can look back on them every year and reflect on how much things have changed, and how much I’ve grown in the process. 

However you decide to use these journal prompts, I suggest you keep them safe for you to read through in the future. If you don’t use an iPad for your notes then I suggest investing in a beautiful notebook that will last you for years. Check out these gorgeous personalised journals from Etsy if you’re stuck for ideas:


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30 Journal Prompts For the New Year

  1. What’s your best memory of this year?
  2. What are you grateful for this year?
  3. What’s the most important thing you learned this year?
  4. Write about a few instances when you felt proud of yourself this year.
  5. What was your biggest investment this year? Did it pay off?
  6. Did you set yourself any goals at the beginning of the year? Did you reach them?
  7. What are your goals for next year?
  8. How have you changed over the past year?
  9. What kept you up with excitement this year?
  10. Where do you see yourself this time next year? 
  11. What do you think about New Year’s Resolutions? Have you set any for yourself?
  12. What’s something crazy or out of your comfort zone that you could do next year?
  13. What does your dream year look like?
  14. What’s a habit you want to give up next year?
  15. What’s your biggest achievement this year?
  16. If you could only achieve one thing this year, what would it be?
  17. Which skill do you feel you developed the most this year?
  18. How did you have fun this year?
  19. Who were the most important people in your life this year? Are they the same people as last year?
  20. Who do you feel most grateful for this year? How can you thank them?
  21. Reflect on some times you put yourself out of your comfort zone this year.
  22. What’s caused you stress this year? How can you reduce this stress in the New Year?
  23. Has anything happened that’s changed your life? How do you feel about it?
  24. Do you have any travel plans for next year?
  25. Who have been the biggest inspirations for you this year?
  26. Is there anything you stopped caring about this year?
  27. What were your favorite books or TV shows of the year?
  28. Did you feel guilty for anything this year?
  29. Did you create any new habits this year? Which habits would you like to form next year?
  30. How did you practise self care this year?


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Happy New Year from The Violet Journal!

I wish every one of you health and happiness for the New Year. Let me know in the comments if you loved these journal prompts, and if you ended up using any of them in your end of year reflection!

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