If you feel lost, practicing a specific type of journaling at the end of each month is one of the greatest habits you want to build.
And if you learn to do it right, it becomes one of the most valuable skills in the path towards the life you want.
What I call “Monthly Reflection” is simply the action of analyzing how the past month was for you, at the end of each new month.
On your monthly reflection you’ll want to document:
- how you felt during this month,
- how closer you are to your goals than you were the month before,
- which things you could improve, which new habits (good or bad) you started to build,
- and much more.
This is something I started doing around two years ago and it’s helped me tremendously to know myself better and see:
- what I did right;
- what I did wrong;
- what I accomplished;
- what turned out as planned;
- what didn’t turned out as I thought it would;
- and how I can plan my goals in a more realistic and effective way.
The best part? It’s pretty easy to do!
Using these monthly journal prompts will help you plan your next month according to all the things you learned and achieved.
For me, it’s absolutely vital to look back and see how far you’ve come as well as how much you’ve changed.
If you start your year with a plan in mind, it’s not a good idea to just keep pursuing that goal without thinking.
We change so much day after day that it’s possible that some of your goals at the beginning of the year start losing importance and relevance as time goes on.
Plus, we learn new things, methods, and approaches every day, right? So it’s not clever to keep using outdated strategies if you’re learning new ways to get where you want to be.
I’ve found this to be true especially in the last year because I’ve made it a mission to keep learning every day.
So, in this post, I want to show you exactly what I ask myself at the end of each month so you can approach your next month’s planning session with a fresh perspective.
31 Top Monthly Journal Prompts You Should Ask Yourself During Your Monthly Reflection
Here are 31 monthly journal prompts you can use for your monthly reset. You don’t have to use them all if you don’t want to 🙂 Pick the 5 or 10 you find the most valuable and roll with it!
- Which was my most recurrent feeling this month?
- Which was my most recurrent thought this month?
- Did I complete my habit tracker? If not, why not?
- Which of the new habits that I wanted to build feels natural to me now?
- Which of the new habits that I wanted to build aren’t what I expected?
- How many of the monthly goals that I set for this month did I achieve?
- How many of the monthly goals that I set for this month didn’t I achieve? Why didn’t I? No excuses.
- Do I feel satisfied with how this month was for me? Why? Or why not?
- What was the most challenging thing this month? How did I deal with it?
- Which of the things I did this month made me feel proud of myself?
- Which things that happened this month make me feel the most grateful? List at least 5.
- What did I do this month that I need to stop doing?
- Which are the most important lessons I learned this month?
- What would I like to keep doing next month that I did this month?
- How did my lifestyle choices contribute to my overall well-being this month?
- What steps did I take to prioritize my mental health and ensure my well-being?
- How did my level of productivity impact my progress towards my goals this month?
- What manifestations or positive outcomes did I experience as a result of my actions this month?
- In what ways did I incorporate self-care practices into my daily routine this month?
- How did I manage my time effectively to accomplish my tasks and goals?
- Which areas of my life did I focus on improving this month in terms of lifestyle, mental health, and productivity?
- What habits or routines did I establish that contributed to a healthier and more balanced lifestyle?
- How did I cultivate a positive mindset and maintain a high level of motivation throughout the month?
- What strategies or techniques did I use to overcome challenges and obstacles that arose this month?
- How did I celebrate my achievements and milestones along the way?
- Which activities or experiences brought me joy and fulfillment this month?
- How did I express gratitude and appreciation for the people, opportunities, and experiences in my life?
- What habits or behaviors did I identify that hindered my progress or well-being this month?
- What lessons did I learn about myself, my habits, and my goals that will guide me in the month ahead?
- What new lifestyle practices, self-care routines, or productivity techniques do I want to incorporate into the next month to manifest my goals?
- How will I leverage the lessons learned this month to fuel my growth and progress in the upcoming month, and what concrete steps will I take to make it happen?
3 Main Benefits of Using Monthly Writing Prompts
First off, keeping a monthly journaling practice with these prompts can truly be a game-changer for your personal growth.
It’s like having a personal GPS for your life journey, helping you navigate through the twists and turns.
By reflecting on your past actions, manifestations, and outcomes, you’re afforded a crystal-clear perspective on your progress.
It’s like taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, helping you understand how every little action is a step towards your larger goals.
Secondly, let’s talk about the prompts focused on self-care and mental health.
We often get so focused on the hustle and bustle of life that we forget to take care of ourselves. These prompts make sure that you’re not just surviving but thriving.
By consciously incorporating self-care practices and focusing on mental health, you’ll feel more energized and capable of handling daily challenges. Not to mention, it builds a strong foundation of resilience and positivity, which can help you navigate any storm.
Lastly, there is immense power in acknowledging your achievements and expressing gratitude.
Trust me, it can transform your perspective and open the door to more positivity and happiness in your life. Plus, by identifying habits that may be hindering your progress, you’re arming yourself with the knowledge to change and grow.
Give monthly journaling a shot, and be consistent. It’s not about creating a perfect story but about understanding your own journey better.
Here’s to a more aware, proactive, and fulfilling life!
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The Bottom Line
These questions can work like prompts for this monthly journaling session.
That means that you don’t have to answer all of them and that if you want to write about something else, you can totally do that too!
What I love the most about this habit, and the reason why I know you’ll love it too is that it allows me to plan my next moves with an improved strategy that feels real and totally doable.
It’ll also help you ponder the month that’s about to end; if that month felt like total mayhem, this little exercise can help you see that it wasn’t that bad after all.
It helps you realize that there’s always something to feel grateful for 🙂
Plus, it’s an opportunity to list the most valuable lessons you learned, which helps you internalize them.
“Failure is nothing more than a chance to revise your strategy.” — Anonymous.