Year-end journal writing reflections can be incredibly beneficial as they provide an opportunity for self-reflection and encourage personal accountability. They can help put into perspective what happened throughout the past year, the successes and failures, and the goals that were achieved or not achieved.

Writing reflections can also help identify what worked and didn’t work, identify areas of improvement, and help create plans to move forward. Ultimately, reflecting on the year can be a valuable exercise in terms of self-awareness and personal growth, allowing us to discover and embrace opportunities for positive change in the upcoming year.

As you end the year, keep in mind that National Journal Writing Month January is a great way to start off a new year by using your journal to set goals and write about where you’re headed in your life.

Writing Prompts

1. What were the 3 most meaningful moments of the year?

2. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced this year and how did you overcome them?

3. What has been your biggest accomplishment this year?

4. What fears or doubts did you overcome this year?

5. What is the one thing you’re most proud of this year?

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6. What do you wish you had done differently this year?

7. What did you learn about yourself this year?

8. What values did you learn to apply in your life?

9. What were the greatest moments of joy in your life this year?

10. What were the major changes or transitions you experienced this year?

11. What do you wish to focus on for the upcoming year?

12. How did you enjoy yourself this year?

13. What new skills did you gain?

14. What relationships did you make or deepen this year?

15. How did you become a better person this year?

16. Who were the people that made the biggest impact in your life this year?

17. What were some of the lessons that you learned this year?

18. What risks did you take this year?

19. What were some of your favorite memories?

20. What goals did you set out at the beginning of the year and how did you work on achieving them?