40 Journal Prompts for the End of the Year: Let’s get it out the way before we jump into this post. HOW is it the end of the year already? My goodness me, how fast did this year fly by? I remember last Christmas like it was two weeks ago. September lasted approximately 4 and a half days.

Time seems to be bleeding into one these days and as we get older, that’s going to appear to happen more and more. With each passing year being a much smaller chunk or percentage of our precious lives, those chunks seem to slip out of our hands like confetti.

It’s staggering how quick the years go by. One minute, we’re gearing up and preparing for a brand-new year, with new plans, new goals and new dreams.

And the next minute, we’re at the end of it, looking back and wondering where it all went, whether what we did was worth it, pondering on what we lost, gained and everything in between for the last 12 months.

I get really sentimental at the end of the year.

In fact, it pretty much starts as soon as Autumn rolls around and the change in the world becomes all the more apparent. When we know we’re gearing up for Halloween, Winter, Christmas and ultimately, New Year, to round it all off.

And it can be a daunting time of year, too. There’s so much to think about. It’s no surprise that most of us don’t feel like we have time to think about our personal growth throughout the year when there’s Christmas gifts to buy, trees to decorate, plans to make, food to cook.

This is where I think journal prompts can come in REALLY handy.

When we’re already feeling frazzled, it can be difficult to sit down with a journal and write. At least it is for me. And I’ll have these moments where I’ll sit down to write in my journal, and I cannot think of a single damn thing to say.

So, I end up re-hashing my day, which doesn’t help or benefit anyone.

Having journal prompts for the end of the year to go to when you feel like you do need a little self-reflection but don’t know where to start is great because it takes the thought out of having to think about what to write about.

So, I’ve compiled a list of 40 journal prompts for the end of the year, which will be perfect when you want to sit down and have a little journaling session with ease.

Some of these journal prompts for the end of the year are pretty easy and care-free, like highlighting some great books you’ve read or holidays you’ve been on.

Others will require a bit more thought and ask you to go a little deeper into yourself to discover the answer to.

But that’s the point and what’s always so beneficial at the end of the year.

So, grab your notebook. Let’s journal!

Journal prompts for the end of the year

1. What was your favourite thing about this year?
2. What was the best thing you did this year?
3. What would you have liked to do this year, but didn’t?
4. Highlight your proudest achievement from this year.
5. What challenged you the most in your work in this?
6. What was the biggest lesson you learned this year?
7. What word would you use to describe this year?
8. What was your biggest loss from this year?
9. How did this year encourage you to grow as a person?
10. What were the standout books you read this year?

Journal prompts for the end of the year

11. Did you reach your goals for this year?
12. What world event shocked you the most from this year?
13. What can you do to feel more fulfilled in your work next year?
14. What are your goals for next year?
15. How do they differ from the goals you had this year?
16. What would you do differently this year if you could?
17. How has your mental health been this year?
18. What hobby do you want to take up next year?
19. How would you describe the type of person you were this year?
20. How would you describe the type of person you want to be next year?

Journal prompts for the end of the year

21. What self-care practices worked well for you this year?
22. How do you plan to take better care of yourself next year?
23. What are you most grateful for this year?
24. What boundaries worked for you this year?
25. How do you plan to incorporate more boundaries next year?
26. Which relationship taught you the most this year?
27. How do you plan to enhance your relationships next year?
28. What area of your life were you most satisfied with this year?
29. For the area you were least satisfied with, how do you plan to change that?
30. Where would you like to travel to next year?

Journal prompts for the end of the year

31. What was your best travel experience of this year?
32. What was your biggest surprise of this year?
33. What memorable movies or TV shows did you watch this year?
34. What charities, organizations or initiatives do you want to help more next year?
35. What do you think you could have done more of this year?
36. How has your relationship with yourself changed over this year?
37. How are you different from the beginning of the year until now?
38. How has your daily routine positively/negatively impacted you this year?
39. Write down your dream daily routine for next year
40. What are 3 of your biggest dreams for next year?

I hope these journal prompts will give you an idea of what to journal about next time you open your notebook to write.

There are plenty of ways to use these journal prompts for the end of the year; you could use this list as-is and take one or two of these each day to write about from now until they’re finished.

Or you could pick a number at random at answer that one – that might be a fun way to use these!

But whatever you do and however you journal, I hope it’s beneficial for you and you get what you need from it.

Do you use journal prompts? Do you like journaling? Which of these prompts do you want to look into for yourself?

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  1. Journaling is a great way to sort feelings, identify goals, and track progress over time. It’s also helpful for getting those creative juices flowing, but what happens when you don’t know what to write about? That’s where journal prompts come in! You’ve shared a wonderful assortment of prompts that are very helpful, thanks!

  2. These are some great prompt ideas! I started getting back into journaling a little bit and loved how it gave my mind some clarity. I paused but this gives me the inspiration to start again!

  3. I’m trying to get more into journaling so I can collect my thoughts, and these are some great prompts so that I’m not just writing nonsense, lol.

  4. Our house this year has been needing all sorts of mental health supplements. Grateful for lists like these when making journaling an everyday thing. Thanks for making it easier for us!

  5. I’ve been looking for things to journal about to get me ready for the new year and to help me reflect on this past year! My mind has been so blank lately that it’s hard to come up with what to say without some sort of prompting!!

  6. Aw I love these journal prompts,. The end of the year is such a great time for reflection. I have some time set aside next week to think about my freelance work and any personal goals I want to set in 2023. Thank you for sharing Lauren x

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