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15 Writing Prompts for Self-Reflecting on Your Year

Updated on December 18, 2023Writing Tips

It’s almost the end of the year, a time that begs a special kind of self-reflection, a chance to look inward and try to make sense of things. 

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Now that we’re in the final month of the year, it’s a great time to reflect on all that you’ve learned about yourself. After all, the journey to self-acceptance and ultimately self-love always begins with self-reflection. Did you discover a quality of your personality that’s been particularly helpful in coping with all the uncertainty this year? What new hobby or skill did you develop? 

Sit down in a cozy spot, put on some music, and consider what this year has taught you about yourself. If you’re slow to get started, here are 15 writing prompts to help you journal self-reflectively in an empathetic, appreciative way. (Remember: be kind to yourself!)

1 What are the three most important things you learned this year?

2 Who has made the biggest impact on you this year? 

3 Who or what inspires you most?

4 What’s one goal you accomplished this year?

5 What can you do today that you didn’t think was possible a year ago?

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6 What achievement this year are you most proud of?

7 What is one habit you would like to change?

8 How do you maintain balance in your life?

9 What were your career highlights this year?

10 What excites you about the future?

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11 What was the most challenging part of this year for me?

12 Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself at the start of the new year?

13 What are my most important goals for next year?

14 What is something that was hard early in the year that’s easier now?

15 What did you learn about yourself this year that surprised you?

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Self-reflection is an essential part of personal growth. By working through any number of these prompts, you’ll gain a powerful perspective that helps you see how far you’ve come this past year.

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