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10 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

Can you believe it’s almost the end of November as I’m writing this? For me, 2019 flew by. So much happened in a short period of time that it’s hard to keep track of it all.

Life moves fast, and that’s why self-reflection is important. It allows us to take a step back and assess what’s going right and wrong in our lives. The end of the year is a great time to reflect because you can figure out what you did well, look for areas of improvement, and set actionable goals for the following year. 2020 has the potential to be the best year of your life. I encourage you to reflect deeply on 2019 so you can move forward and continue to improve next year!


Journaling for self-reflection

Writing in a journal has many benefits, and self-reflection is one of them. Journaling is a great way to reflect because you are fixing your realizations into a tangible medium. That way, you have a record of your thoughts that you can look back on in the future. Journaling helps you to keep track of your progress, and it holds you accountable for the goals you set. In general, writing can also be therapeutic. If you don’t already have a journal, you should start one! You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.


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Year-end review journal prompts

Here are some general prompts to start your year-end review journal entries. I kept the questions broad so you can apply them to whichever area of your life you would like to focus on.

Here are 10 end of the year journal prompts for self-reflection:

  1. How did I improve my life this year?
  2. What is the most important thing I accomplished this year?
  3. What are the three biggest lessons I learned this year?
  4. What is my favorite memory from this year?
  5. How would I describe this year in three words?
  6. What was the most challenging part of this year for me?
  7. What is the nicest thing I did for someone else this year?
  8. Did my life change or stay the same this year?
  9. What were my goals for this year, and did I achieve them?
  10. What can I do to improve myself next year?

And here are 10 topics to guide the questions further:

  1. Mental health
  2. Physical health
  3. Goals and success
  4. Finance
  5. Happiness
  6. Relationships
  7. Overcoming trauma
  8. Religion or spirituality
  9. Your purpose in life
  10. Your identity

I want to iterate that these prompts are just to get you started. If there’s something I didn’t mention that you feel compelled to write about, go ahead! Remember, this is YOUR journal. It’s a personal space to write whatever you’re thinking or feeling.


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