35 Journal Prompts For Your End-of-the-month Reset
Another month is coming to an end which means it’s time for a monthly reset! It’s honestly my favorite time of the month because I feel EXTRA organized. A monthly reset is not only good for prepping for the new month ahead but it’s also good for reflecting on the month that just happened.
I personally like journaling for reflection. It helps me hash out some of my thoughts and feelings as well as get super duper clear on what I want (or don’t want)!
If you are looking to improve your monthly reset you should definitely add some end-of-the-month journal prompts. It will add a layer of reflection and self-care that you need when entering into a new month.
So without further ado, let’s chat journal prompts for your end-of-the-month reset!
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Why you should journal at the end of the month
If it wasn’t clear in the intro, journaling can be a great practice in reflection.
What went well? What could I improve on? How did I feel when “x” happened?
If you’re like me you might journal every day and if so this will come easy to you.
However, if you don’t really journal this is a great way to start and check in with yourself. Since you’re just writing to yourself there’s no reason to lie or sugarcoat things.
You know when your mom asks how your new job is going and deep down you really don’t like it but you don’t want to get into it with your mom so you just say, “It’s going well mom, thanks.” You don’t need to say that to your journal. You can tell your journal how you really feel.
Journaling at the end of the month can help you plan new goals, review old goals, set monthly intentions, uncover barriers you experienced, revisit anything that made you happy or sad, and so much more!
There are also lots of other benefits to journaling (which you can read in this blog post) so it’s a no-brainer!
It takes 10 minutes to journal while doing the rest of your monthly reset and if you can finish it feeling prepared, reflective, and at peace then you should definitely do it!
Tips for doing a monthly reset
If you are new to monthly resets you might not have a structured routine yet. That’s okay! Just like any habit or routine, it takes time.
Read this blog post if you want the whole rundown of how to create a monthly reset routine.
Here are a few tips to help you with your monthly reset:
I have been the person who creates this wildly complex routine that I can’t possibly keep up with.
Start small and add one or two things in at a time.
For example, if you just started a monthly reset routine try doing 10 minutes of journaling and tidying up one of your spaces.
Keep it simple and then next month add one more thing on.
It’s habit stacking but over a longer period of time!
Keep a checklist
When you do something once a month it can be hard to even remember to do it and what all the steps are.
Create a checklist with the tasks you plan on doing at the end of the month and then tick them off the list as you go.
Create themes for your monthly reset
If you want to change things up each month but keep the same structure you could create themes.
For example, one month could be focused on housework. You would complete some major chores you’ve wanted to do, journal about the house (what’s working well, what you need help with, projects you want to take on), and set a goal for the next month.
Then the following month focus on something else like self-care or relationships.
Schedule the monthly reset into your calendar
As mentioned before, doing something once a month can easily slip your mind.
Pick a day to do the reset and then schedule it into your calendar like you would an appointment.
It will take a bit of self-discipline but you can do it!!
35 journal prompts for your end-of-the-month reset
1 – what went well this month?
List things that went well for you, good memories, achievements, and so on.
2 – what challenges did I face this month?
Think of any barriers, failures, or troubles that you experienced. Also, add how you moved past them.
3 – how did I take care of myself this month?
Focus on self-care and little things you did to bring yourself joy/care for yourself when you were down. How did it make you feel?
4 – what life lesson did I learn this month?
Try to take one thing away from the month. It could be something deep or it could be something simple like, “Never skip a weekend grocery shop.” You could even add in why it was a life lesson and explain what happened to learn it.
5 – what is something fun that happened this month?
Share any activities or events that happened. Or anything you would consider fun! It’s good to focus on happiness and positive memories!
6 – what did I spend my money on this month?
Reflect on your spending habits. You may need to pull up your banking info to really dig into this. I know I was shocked to see what I spent my money on before I really started watching. You may like this budgeting planner if you struggle with money.
7 – what is something I wish I did differently?
This could be how you reacted to someone, a mistake you made, or anything at all. It can be helpful to reflect on this so if it happens again you know how you want to handle it.
8 – who did I spend the most time with?
The people you spend time with have an impact on your mood, mindset, and overall success. Are you spending time with like-minded people? Explore that.
9 – what are my values and did I live my values?
We all have values (family, honesty, kindness, etc.). Sometimes our actions don’t match out values though. So do a quick check-in.
10 – did I take care of my body this month? How?
Tracking your healthy habits can help with this question. Did you move your body this month? What about the food you were eating?
11 – what was my biggest accomplishment this month?
This is the time to brag about yourself!
12 – how did I step outside of my comfort zone?
That dreaded comfort zone is hard to get out of but when you do it’s definitely something to celebrate!
13 – what was my biggest failure this month?
It’s okay to mess up. It’s also really good to reflect on what happened, why it happened, and what you could do to improve if you plan on trying again. A failure could be something like messing up at work, not achieving a goal, a breakdown of a relationship, and so on. These could be big or small, it will be different for everyone.
14 – what did I do for someone else this month?
Recall a time this past month when you helped someone or did something nice for someone. How did that action make you feel?
15 – did I achieve all the goals I set for the month? Why or why not?
If you set any goals for this month, did you achieve them? Write down your progress and why you may have struggled. Write down good things too like if something was easier than expected!
16 – where did I waste the most time?
My phone is such a time waster. Try to figure out where you waste time and how you can stop it.
Planning for the next month:
17 – this month I want to do more of…
What do you like doing? Is there a habit you want to do more? Maybe spending more time with friends and family? Whatever you want to do more, write it here.
18 – this month I want to do less of…
Same as above but the opposite. What do you want to stop doing? Smoking? Gossiping? Eating fast food? Try to make a plan on how you will do it less.
19 – what are my top 3 goals for the new month?
For each goal write down a simple plan on how you will do them. What steps are involved?
20 – what can I do this month to make myself happy?
Think about things you can do inside the house and outside the house. Focus on all aspects of your life (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
21 – what is something new I want to try?
Do you have a list of things you’ve always wanted to do? Maybe you can do one of them this month. A new food or new place? Want to join a club? Think of at least one new thing to try.
22 – what new habits will I implement this month?
It’s always good to be improving yourself and small habits are the way to do it. Can you think of one new habit you want to try? If you need some help thinking about habits I wrote a blog post with 73 habit ideas!
23 – how do I want to feel by the end of this month?
Try to be super detailed!!
24 – how can I be more productive this month?
Looking back at the time-waster prompt above, how could you improve this month? What does being productive mean to you? It might be a little different for everyone.
25 – what would my ideal self do this month to achieve my goals?
Your ideal self is the person you are striving to be. Your ideal self has achieved your goals and practices all the habits you want to do. So, what would your future, ideal self do?
26 – how can I create more time for relaxation and rest?
Rest is important! It’s also not just sleep. What other ways could you focus on resting and relaxing? Do you feel like you deserve rest?
27 – what would I like to learn this month?
We are always learning something and if you aren’t ask yourself why. What is something you’ve been wanting to learn more about? It could be something helpful for work or something just for fun! What book, documentary, course, or person could help you?
28 – what fun activity will I do this month?
If you’re like me you have a seasonal to-do list with fun activities! What is on yours this month?
29 – what is holding me back from being successful?
Time to get deep! What is a mental block for you? Or what is physically in your way?
30 – what are some chores I need/want to get done this month?
There is always something to do. What is on your list to get done? Is this always on your list? Why do you struggle with getting it done or why does it keep coming up for you?
31 – how will I prioritize the things that are important to me?
First, what is important to you? Is it your goals, family time, exercise, learning?? Whatever it is, make a plan for prioritizing it. To go one step further, make a plan for when you have no energy or motivation to do it and how you will work around that.
32 – how will I care for my body and mind?
Try to list at least 3 things you can do to make sure your mental and physical health is cared for all month.
33 – what will make my day-to-day life easier this month?
This might look like meal prepping for work, doing a Sunday reset every week, or putting a screen time limit on your phone. Think about all aspects of your day and what is challenging for you or what could be a little easier. What days do you struggle with the most and why?
34 – what will be my mantra this month?
I love a good mantra! Come up with something that speaks to you and your goals.
35 – what can I do when I need to refocus?
We all lose focus and that’s okay. How can you get back on track? Is there a reset routine you do or will cleaning the house help? Figure out how you like to refocus. It might help to determine when you feel most focused and why.
New month, new you
Now that you have a bunch of journal prompts to reflect on the past month and plan for the new month, you are set!
Keep in mind you don’t need to use ALL of the journal prompts but make sure to pick 2 or 3 to think on.
If you want something printable and compact you might like this FREE monthly reset workbook!
This workbook included some journal prompts for reflection and planning, as well as, a spot for goal setting and goal planning for the new month!
It can help you a lot when you take the time to reflect and plan. Your goals are not going to achieve themselves as much as we would like them to.
Without reflecting you won’t know what is working and what isn’t. Without planning you will be doing the same thing over and over without much progress (I think Einstein said that was insanity).
Try some of these journal prompts to dig deeper into your month prior and the month ahead. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t make any progress or if you lost focus. We all do that!
Just try to improve for the next month. Even one tiny improvement is still an improvement. I believe in you and I hope you have a fantastic month!!
What journal prompt is your favorite? Share in the comments below!