journal prompts for the new year

35 Journal Prompts for an Amazing New Year in 2021

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a hell of a year. At the beginning of every year it’s important to reflect on the past year and spend a little time thinking about what we want from the future, so I’ve made a list of helpful journal prompts for the new year.

You don’t necessarily have to make resolutions, though that’s great too if you’re into them, but I think it’s good to set intentions and decide what kind of energy you will bring to the new year. I recommend getting a notebook out and answering these 35 journal prompts for a better 2021.

Why bother journaling?

Writing out your thoughts and experiences can give you insight on yourself and your life. You get to know yourself better and you can identify and work through emotions that might otherwise go unnoticed. Journaling helps clear out the mental clutter, so you can focus on what is really important.

These journal prompts for the new year will help you figure out what wasn’t working for you last year, and what you want to accomplish in 2021. You’ll figure out what your goals and priorities should be in the new year so that you can direct your focus in the most productive ways.

Your journal prompts for the new year:

  1. What are 10 great things that happened or that I accomplished in 2020?
  2. What bad habits do I want to leave in the past?
  3. What limiting beliefs about myself will I leave behind?
  4. A new experience I want to have is…
  5. What is already going well in my life?
  6. What are my values and what do I stand for without compromise?
  7. Something new I want to learn to do this year is…
  8. What do I want more of in 2021?
  9. What do I want less of?
  10. How can I put myself first?
  11. Who or what inspires me to be better and why?
  12. What do I need to stop judging myself and others for?
  13. What are 5 of my greatest strengths?
  14. Ten things that make me happy are…
  15. My empowering mantra for the next year will be…
  16. Something I want to change or improve this year is…
  17. How can I make life easier?
  18. One small thing I’ll do everyday to be my best self is…
  19. Ten things I am most thankful for are…
  20. The kind of people I want to attract have the following qualities…
  21. What does my dream life look like?
  22. If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I do?
  23. How can I best serve my community?
  24. What kind of person do I want to be?
  25. What strategy can I implement to be productive everyday?
  26. How do I define success?
  27. Where do I want to be in 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months?
  28. What’s one thing I will do that I was too afraid to do before?
  29. How will I practice self care in stressful moments?
  30. What can I let go of to make space for something better?
  31. Do I need to forgive anyone, or myself, so I can more forward without that baggage?
  32. What does my ideal day look like?
  33. If someone asked me to describe myself I would say…
  34. What’s one thing I can look forward to this year?
  35. When 2022 arrives I want to have accomplished these 3 things…

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I hope you found these journal prompts for the new year helpful and that they brought you insight about yourself and the kind of year you want to have in 2021. I wish you a happy and productive New Year!

Love and light.

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6 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE journaling! Thank you for these awesome journal prompts for the new year. I haven’t even thought of some these.

    It’s so great to be able to look back on old journals and see growth in yourself!!

  2. I love these prompts! I am slowly getting back into writing in my journal regularly, so I am going to have to give these prompts a try to see if they can help me get back into that habit and also learn more about myself as I do so.

  3. Totally using these! Journaling is part of my nightly routine and sometimes I get bored just writing about my day. These will help me think about things differently. Thanks!