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January Journal Prompts

One common misconception is that you have to have your entire year figured out and planned out by January 1st. But what if you can actually spend a few weeks of the quiet winter months planning, goal setting and reflecting? And what is better than a quiet moment with a cup of something hot spending some time getting lost in your own thoughts?


January is the perfect time to focus on your priorities for the upcoming year and slowly lay the groundwork to figure out what you really want. These journal prompts are a great place to start reflecting and planning. Spend a few minutes a day on these questions, and I find actually writing them out by hand is usually the best approach.


If you're a busy mom try and find a moment in the day that you can do this too. Whether its waking up before the kids, or after they've gone to bed. During nap time or while the kids are having a snack. It's had to carve out some time but I can assure you it is not impossible.


  1. Choose a word for this year and explain why it is important to you.

  2. What is a challenge your overcame from last year and why was it a blessing?

  3. Describe three goals for this year.

  4. What was your biggest mistake last year and what did you learn from it?

  5. What was a favourite location you spent time at in the past year? Why was it important?

  6. What is your best memory of last year?

  7. Who do you want to spend more time with this year and how can you make that happen?

  8. What did you accomplish last year that filled you with joy?

  9. List 10 things you are grateful for right now, dig deep and don't just focus on obvious things.

  10. Give yourself 3 sincere compliments on things you managed to do in the last year.

  11. What do you need more of in your life?

  12. What do you need less of in your life?

  13. What is your favourite quote and why?

  14. Write a letter to yourself that you wish you could tell yourself at the start of last year.

  15. What can you do to bring more joy to your life this year?

  16. What are your three priorities for this year?

  17. What are new hobbies or skills you would like to learn this year?

  18. Where do you want to see yourself at the end of this year?

  19. What is a small change you can make this year that will improve life for you?

  20. Think back to where you were one year ago, how has life changed? What have you improved?

  21. What positive affirmation can help carry you through this year?

  22. What is the one thing you really want to accomplish within the next year?

  23. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

  24. Who is a person your really look up to? What about them makes them stand out to you?

  25. What are your biggest strengths?

  26. What are your weaknesses and how can you work with them?

  27. How can you help others this year?

  28. In what ways are you a different person than you were last January?

  29. What have you accomplished this month?

  30. What was the best moment this past month?

  31. What do you want to accomplish next month?

If you want to save these prompts on a single photo to have on your phone or somewhere easy to access just click on the image below.



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