Yearly review: 22 journaling prompts

Year in review: 22 journaling questions to help you

I love The Year In Review exercise. I love doing reviews, and I do them weekly and monthly, so doing a yearly review is like a culmination of all that has gone before. When I do reviews, I look at the things that went well and not so well and the exhilarating and disappointing things. No stone is left unturned.

It helps to do this systematically to bring your lessons forward into the following year, even if this means concluding that the strategy you’ve been using all year hardly brought any results or, even worse, brought you the opposite (even if you have to figure that your mind wasn’t in it this year). Don’t be afraid to conclude that you sucked at something.

While this may sound overly critical to some, I believe you sometimes need to be very clear on what worked and what didn’t.

Year in review: 22 journaling questions to help you

How to do this review

So, here’s my list of journaling questions I use to look back. I usually do this with pen and paper, but you could also use Oracle or tarot cards. In this case, I believe it is best to journal before you pull a card on the question. I suggest you only pull a card when you struggle to answer it. The card may help you to start your thought process on answering the question.

It is easy to forget small things, but I noticed that it is good to look back. Use the questions below to evaluate the year, and try as much as possible to explain to yourself why something has or has not succeeded and how you can do better next year. Try to formulate this SMART as much as possible. Be specific, measurable, acceptable, realistic, and time-bound.

Taking this year’s end review a notch further

You can take it a notch further when you’ve done the review. With the answers, you can decide where and what you need to align with your soul’s purpose. You can also set new priorities or determine that you need to redo your vision for your life (for instance, starting a business that will sustain your income in the next couple of years).

For this, it is super important that you know what lights you up and what lights up your soul. Knowing your soul’s purpose makes life much easier because that’s how you know what is right for you. One thing to start this process, I’ve noticed, is by decluttering your home. Decluttering creates physical room for new ‘stuff,’ but it mainly makes mental and spiritual room for further upgrades. While this project may feel overwhelming, it is pretty easy to do. Set yourself a goal to throw away one thing every day. Big things happen when you eliminate many small or a couple of big things. It’s magical!

Year in review: 22 journaling questions to help you

Journaling prompts for your yearly review

Below, you’ll find 22 journaling prompts to do a year in review. I’ve made a short version (see below) and a more elaborate version you can download. With it, I’ll help you make next year even better than this year.

  1. What am I proud of this year?
  2. What changes did I make this year?
  3. Where did I get stuck?
  4. What lessons have I learned?
  5. What caused positive energy?
  6. Which specific event or period was a highlight of positive energy?
  7. What sucked energy this year?
  8. What could I have done to stop this?
  9. What needs to be forgiven?
  10. Did I take good care of myself physically?
  11. Have I taken good care of myself spiritually?
  12. What action can I take to better care of myself?
  13. Did I have enough free time for myself (me-time)?
  14. Have I respected my soul’s needs?
  15. What is best for me to let go of?
  16. Do you have a morning routine and an evening routine?
  17. Which habit would you like to focus on in the next three months?
  18. Has your relationship been fulfilling and loving?
  19. How confident have you felt this year?
  20. Were you financially responsible this year?
  21. To which percentage have you been living an aligned life?
  22. Which feeling was most prominent this year?

Using these prompts will help you to craft your plan for the next year.

Let me know in the comments section how these questions worked for you.

Jolanda Bolt
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