20 New Year’s Journaling Prompts: Reflect and Prepare for 2024!

Young Woman Pondering Journaling Prompts for the New Year with Notebook

As we head into 2024 we have a lot to be grateful for—and a lot that is still challenging. But before you set goals for the upcoming year, have you considered what you learned and achieved in 2023? Or what you’d like to be different in 2024?

Because before we set goals it can be really helpful to reflect on the previous year and what you’d like to be different in the next.

It’s Reflection Time!

Below I offer some journaling prompts for you to reflect on the year (you’ve likely achieved more than you realise). And then there are journaling prompts to consider what you’d like to be different in 2024.

The quiet time between Christmas and New Year or in early January is an ideal time to reflect, ponder and review. You can do all of the prompts (taking as long as you want!), or just pick the prompts that grab or interest you.

A thought: if you notice you’re avoiding one of the prompts below, it may mean there is an important realisation or learning in there for you… So if you’re feeling brave, take the challenge—and be Fiercely Kind with yourself to face those truths within.
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  1. What are my biggest achievements in the last year? What am I most proud of (big or small)?
  2. What challenges did I overcome? What was hard? (be specific)
  3. What did I learn about myself? (eg. strengths, weaknesses, needs, wants, values, hopes, fears)
  4. What did you bring into the world? What did you create?
  5. What did you learn? How did you grow?
  6. What relationships did you create or deepen?
  7. What relationships shrunk or have reduced their depth?
  8. How did you make a difference in the world and/or your community and/or your family/friends? (big, small and everything inbetween)
  9. What are you disappointed about?
  10. What fun did you have? What made life enjoyable?
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  1. What will be my top 3 priorities in 2024?
  2. What do I want to achieve in the coming year?
  3. What challenges do I anticipate in the year ahead?
  4. What will you bring into the world in 2024? What will you create?
  5. What do I need to learn? What do I want to grow about myself?
  6. What relationships will I grow and what relationships will I lessen my focus on? How will I stay in touch with people?
  7. How will you make a difference in the world and/or your community and/or your family/friends? (big, small and everything inbetween)
  8. What are you excited about for 2024? How will you have fun and enjoy yourself?
  9. ow will I take care of myself in the coming year?
  10. Which of my strengths and skills will serve me best in the coming year?

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I hope you enjoy these thought-provoking journaling prompts.

With the new year comes a refueled motivation to improve on the past one. Gretchen Bleiler

Change the world. Start with you!

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  1. Jeanette Harris

    Thanks Emma-Louise for this resource. These are great reflections questions and I will definitely use them to reflect and prepare for the upcoming year. Have a blessed holiday vacation/time off.

    • Emma-Louise Elsey

      Dear Jeanette, I am so glad you find these questions helpful 🙂 Enjoy and wishing you a wonderful 2022!


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