30+ Journal Prompts for the New Year

Are you starting a journal? Have you been journaling for a while? We put together these journal prompts to help get your creative juices flowing. If you think of other prompts, let us know in the comments! 🙂


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Are you looking for the best journal prompts for the new year? I know many people like to plan out their journal prompts for whatever season it is and the New Year will be here before you know it!  Make sure you know what you will be writing about.  

I guess before we talk about the best journal prompts for the new year, we should ask this question.  Do you journal? If you haven’t started journaling yet, you should ask yourself a couple of questions to see how journaling could benefit you.

Why Should I Journal?

Journaling is very therapeutic. It is a great practice for any man, woman or child.  It is great thing to do for those that deal with anger management issues, mental health issues, or any other thing that weighs on our minds. Journaling can help you deal with anger, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and more. 

Simply put, it helps you exercise your mind. It is also just one of the best ways that a person can work on processing feelings and emotions. If you ever struggle with self-expression or trying to figure out how to best deal with just about any issue you are dealing with, journaling can help you.

Should I make journaling my New Year’s Resolution?

Are you setting New Year’s Resolutions this year?  I go back and forth on resolutions. Sometimes I set them, sometimes I think they aren’t in my best interest.  This year will be a year that I will set a resolution.

My resolution for next year is to start journaling. That’s right.  I’m not making any resolutions to lose weight or make loads of money or any of the other countless resolutions that often lead to disappointment, but I know that I can journal and I know that journaling will improve my life.  That is why journaling is my one and only New Year’s Resolution for the new year.

Journaling is, in my opinion, the most enjoyable, yet beneficial resolution that someone can make.  This goes for adults and children alike. I recently read that nearly 80% of New Year’s Resolutions that are set actually fail within two months. Journaling is a resolution that you know you can do.  You can write a little bit everyday, every week, or even every month, the point is, you can do it.  

The trick to succeeding at your New Year’s Resolution is to create a plan. In this plan you need to include daily actions that are, in themselves, motivating.  The beauty of making journaling your New Year’s Resolution is that many people actually use a journal to help keep them on track with their other resolutions. If people use a journal to keep them on track of their resolutions, you know you can succeed in your resolutions to start journaling. 

What are the best tips for journaling in the new year?

  • Choose how often you are going to journal.  Daily journaling is great, but maybe you don’t want to commit to that amount of journaling yet. Even people who choose to journal weekly have found tremendous benefits. 
  • Decide how much time you have to journal. Be realistic about how much time you actually have to dedicate to writing.  If you don’t have an extra half hour, don’t commit to writing for a half hour. Instead aim for a smaller amount of time.  Everyone has an extra 5 minutes, right?
  • Get rid of distractions during your journaling time.  Turn off your phone, turn off the television, head into a quiet room, etc.

What are the best journal prompts for the new year?

You can use any journal prompt that motivates you any day.  I happen to think that the list below are the best journal prompts for the new year. 

The goals I have for 2022 are…

I am looking forward to doing __________ this year…

I have the following personal goals for this year…..

I have the following professional goals for this year…..

I have the following family goals for this year…..

I have the following financial goals for this year…..

I have the following household goals for this year…..

I have these goals for this month….

I would like to accomplish this goal today…

My biggest hero is…

I feel inspired by….

My biggest accomplishment from last year was….

My biggest obstacle of last year was…

My action plan for the week is…

My action plan for the month is…

If I could talk to myself 5 years ago I would say this…

If I could talk to myself 5 years from now I would say this…

Here are 5 things that I love about myself..

If I had a day completely free of responsibilities I would do this…

The biggest challenge I am facing right now is…

This is when I am most productive each day and I think it is because….

My support system includes….

My biggest wish is _________ and to turn this into reality, I plan to do this..

My perfect day would be….

My favorite quote is….

My favorite podcast to help my productivity is…

I have this goal that I need to ask for help with….

The biggest goal I have for this year is ______.  This is how I plan to accomplish it.

When I’m not around and my name is mentioned, I would like them to say this……

Something great that happened today is…

One thing that makes me happy every day is..

Here are some of the things I plan to do to stay motivated this year…

When I reach my goal, I will do this to maintain it…

My perfect day looks like….

A new hobby that I would like to try is…

Are there other great journal prompts that can help me?

There are countless beneficial journal prompts out there.  Depending on what struggle you are currently facing, you can find journal prompts that can help!  Here are some of the ones that we have talked about here at The Mad Mommy before.  

Journal Prompts for Anger Management

Gratitude Journal Prompts

Journal Prompts for Self Esteem

Journal Prompts for Anxiety and Depression

Need even MORE prompts? Taima over at Poor in a Private Plane has a list of 101+ journal prompts to keep you busy for ages!!

Do you journal? What journal prompts are you looking for?

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