Before the year ends, now is a good time to reflect back on the last twelve months to gauge your experiences and accomplishments, reassess unfinished goals and projects, and turn your thoughts toward a new year.

Thoughtful journal writing a great way to reflect back and plan ahead, which is why the theme for the January challenge of the National Journal Writing Month is  Journaling for Personal Growth and Achieving Goals.

The following are 10 prompts to choose from for journal reflection. Consider incorporating photos and text from other sources in your journal entries.

Journal Writing Prompts

  1. Did you write goals for 2021? If so, review them and reflect on what progress you made.

  2. On the scale of 1-10 (10 being very positive) what would you rate 2021 in terms of your personal achievement and well being? Write about your rating.

  3. Make a list of experiences you most value or are most grateful for in 2021.

  4. Make a list of what you gained and what you lost in 2021.

  5. What changes, both big and small, happened for you in 2021?

  6. What was most unexpected in your life in 2021?

  7. What got left undone in 2021 that you still want to accomplish?

  8. What national or local news items had an impact on you this past year?

  9. What do you wish you did more of this past year?

  10. If you had to give 2021 a title, what would it be?

  11. Make a list of your favorites songs, books, and movies for the year.

  12. What were your biggest challenges for the year?

  13. Make a list of advice you would give to other people based on your experiences this year.

  14. Make a list of your dearest friends and acquaintances this year.

  15. Write an unsent letter to your children or significant other about this past year.

  16. Write an unsent letter to political figure about this year.

  17. Write a letter to your future self about this year.

  18. Reflect on how the year started and how it ended for you.

  19. Make a list of questions you have about this year. The questions can pertain to you and the larger society.

  20. Locate a photograph that best represents the year for you, and write about it.

Mark Your Calendar 

You might consider marking and scheduling a few year-end reflective journal entries on your calendar or to-do manager to review next year this time. You will discover how much more reflective your writing and life will be when you’re able to look back and review your selected entries. This type of reviewing will help you grow and aspire to reach your fullest potentials.

NaJoWriMo 2021

If you don’t already know, the National Journal Writing Month will resume next month, starting January 1st.

Taking the month-long journal writing challenge is a great way to build a habit of journaling and getting your year off to a positive start.

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In the coming year, I will be hosting webinars and bringing on guests who have lots of share about benefits of journal writing.