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Want to start off a fresh month on the right foot? Use these 10 perfect journal prompts for a new month to reflect, inspire, and get motivated!
Starting a new month is super exciting! There is so much potential and opportunity when looking at a brand-new month ahead of you.
I like to think of new months as little mini New Year’s.
Just like with a new year, the change of the month is also a great reminder to get organized, refreshed, and prepared for the next 30(ish) days ahead!
It’s easy to fall into the lull of mundane, everyday life mid-month, but a fresh start is the perfect little zing to get you motivated again!
This trifecta leaves me feeling inspired and ready to take on the brand-new month ahead.
The opportunities for a completely fresh month are endless. We might as well set ourselves up for success so we can take advantage of them!
10 Perfect New Month Journal Prompts
These guided monthly journal prompts are here to help you reflect, evaluate, set goals, and get prepared for the next 30 days.
1. What went well last month? What didn’t go well?
It’s time to take a look back at the highs and lows of the past 30 days.
I love this monthly journal prompt because it really inspires utilizing reflection to work towards growth and self-improvement.
If something went particularly well this past month, we can recognize it, celebrate it, and learn from it to help us replicate what helped us be successful!
If something did not go well, reflecting on it gives us the opportunity to understand what went wrong, learn from it, and correct it or try something else for this new month.
No matter what the outcome of a situation was, reflection allows us the opportunity to learn, grow, and move forward in the best way possible.
2. What are your top 2-6 life priorities right now?
It’s time to take a look at the areas of your life and decide which ones are at the top of your priority list.
From there, we can divide up your time, energy, and focus into what I love to call a “life pie”.
This idea is inspired by Tori DeSimone’s Manifest Planner. In this, Tori emphasizes the importance of the “life pie” as the foundation for how you set goals, develop habits, create to-dos, and organize your life.
How to Create a Life Pie:
- Break down your life into the main, key areas (ie. health, fitness, career, finances, family, romantic relationship, self-care, etc.)
- Establish your top 2-6 priorities in life right now
- Order these priorities from most important to least important
- Assign each area of life/priority a percentage of your total energy/focus
- Create your life pie filling in each area of life to the perfectly sized slice of your big pie
This monthly journal prompt is an invitation to create your own life pie.
Start by breaking down your focus, time, and energy into main categories and order them by importance/priority level.
This sets the foundation for goal-setting, planning, self-improvement, time management, personal growth, and more. A life pie is such a valuable, core tool to set you up for success.
3. Set 1-3 goals for each area of life.
Now that we have our life pie established, highlighting the most important areas of our life, we can get strategic about how to better our overall lives.
By looking at the larger areas of life first, we can then get more micro about goals, habits, and routines to better our lives as a whole.
We have to start small in order to see the big, positive changes we crave.
4. What habits do you want to establish? Which habits do you want to break?
Setting goals is great, but without the micro habits to achieve those goals, they rarely happen!
When you set goals for a new month, it’s always a good idea to break them down as small as possible so you know the day-to-day steps that will help you achieve those goals.
Journal about your habits!
What habits are benefiting your everyday life right now? How can you keep those up this next month?
What habits are holding you back from your highest potential? How can you let go of, adjust, or replace those habits with healthier ones?
5. Brain dump important dates, reminders, and to-dos.
You don’t want to enter a new month with a cluttered mind.
Trying to remember everything you need for the upcoming month is going to leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and bogged down with information.
Use this monthly journal prompt to help free up some mental space and take some stress off. Brain dumps are helpful tools to manage stress, anxiety, and overthinking.
If it’s on your mind, get it down on paper. From there, you can more easily see what is taking up valuable space in your brain, sort through it, and organize it.
6. What area of your life feels out of balance? How can you correct it?
Is there one specific area of your life that needs some TLC? Do you have anything in your life that is impacting your overall health, happiness, or well-being? How can you resolve this?
Maybe you’ve been neglecting your health by not prioritizing sleep, movement, and nourishment. Journal on some ways you can help fix this in the next month. (ie. create a relaxing night routine for better rest, meal-prep breakfasts and snacks for better nourishment, and make time for a 15-minute walk in your daily schedule.)
Or maybe you have been skipping out on prioritizing relationships and working too much. Brainstorm and journal on some ways you can connect with your loved ones this month.
7. What is one internal and one external goal for the next 30 days?
There are different types of goals in our lives. Two main goals I like to focus on are internal and external goals.
When journaling for a new month, setting intentions in different categories can help you keep a well-rounded and balanced approach to goal-setting.
An internal goal is something that you cannot physically or tangibly see being achieved.
An external goal is something that is clearly seen, measurable, and tangible.
This could be hitting a certain number in your bank account, hitting a new PR at the gym, or getting that job you applied for. External goals can be seen, tracked, and measured more specifically.
There is a time and a place for both internal and external goals. Set at least one for each and journal on how you can achieve them!
8. What can you look forward to this month?
Big or small, what are some things you can look forward to in the upcoming month?
It’s so important to incorporate moments of joy into your everyday life. Take a moment to journal on some ways you can add happiness to your life in the next 30 days.
Some of my favorite look-forward-to’s include:
- Solo dates
- Self-care nights
- Date nights with friends, siblings, significant others
- Exploring a new city
- Making note of books I want to read
- Going to the library/bookstore
- Dinners out
- Treating myself to buying a coffee and a treat
9. What is holding you back from full happiness right now? How can you release it?
What is getting in the way of your full, complete happiness right now?
Is there a relationship in your life that is holding you back? Are you overwhelmed and stretched too thin with work? Do you need to make more time for hobbies, passions, and things that bring you joy?
Journal on anything that is preventing you from being content and happy in your life right now.
This can take the form of a list, a brain dump, or a standard journal entry.
From there, you can take it one step further and journal about the ways you can release these barriers to your happiness. (Sometimes simply journaling on them is a release in itself.)
10. Where do you want to be at the end of this month?
This is my favorite journal prompt for the new month.
Take time to clearly visualize yourself at the end of the next 30 days. What do you see?
Get as specific as possible here. Write out what you’ve achieved, where you are at, how you are feeling, who’s in your life, etc.
This journal prompt doubles as a sort of manifestation letter. By clearly visualizing your highest self, you are telling your subconscious mind that can be your reality.
Dream it, visualize it, write it, manifest it.
Use this monthly prompt to show up as your highest self this month and watch your life transform for the better!
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It’s Time for a Great New Month
There you have it – the perfect journal prompts for a new month.
From self-reflection to goal-setting to manifesting and more, these monthly journal prompts will guide you toward a month filled with happiness and growth.
Now, go break out that journal and a pen and get started. You have a new month to prepare for.