24 journal prompts for 2024 

By Sarah Cannata

It’s that time of the year when many of us are assessing our 2023 and looking ahead to 2024. After all, if we don’t know where we are, how can we aspire to whatever we desire to achieve?

I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of journal prompts floating around in recent times. I weave embodied writing with standard journaling. Embodied writing differs because we are not simply brain-dumping or documenting our concerns. We are consciously shifting our awareness from the mind to the physical body and holding space for ourselves while feeling and processing whatever emotions arise. Before we start writing, we cultivate what we call a resource – a container of safety, stability and support (or the opposite of overwhelm if these words don’t resonate with you) – in case we are triggered, which is a possibility while writing. Learn more about resourcing in my free speed journaling PDF

Quick-fire writing tips

  • Write for your eyes only (showing others can limit our ability to write what needs to be written at a subconscious level)
  • Do not worry about the quality of your writing
  • Embodied writing will look different for everyone – some people will use disjointed sentences, single words and write several pages. Experiment and go with what works for you
  • If you are triggered, go back to your resource. Do not try to push through your feelings and emotions without a resource, as this can lead to re-traumatising yourself
  • Notice how you feel before you write and once you’ve finished writing

24 journal prompts to kickstart 2024 

Grab a piece of paper or your journal, read the questions below, and use whichever prompts you feel called to.

How does your body feel at this moment? What emotions are present as you enter 2024?

What are your top 5 values as we move into 2024? 

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being poor and 10 being fantastic, rate your relationship with time. What does not need to be on your to do list?

What do you want to stop doing in 2024?

What would you like to continue in 2024?
What would you like to add to your life in 2024?

What makes you feel present? What sensations in your body do you feel as you sink into this feeling?
Reflect on a challenge that arose in 2023. How did your body respond, and what did you learn about yourself physically and emotionally?

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being poor and 10 being fantastic, rate your relationship with sleeping habits. How can you prioritise and improve your sleep for improved well-being in the new year?
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being poor and 10 being fantastic, rate your relationship with your body image. What would you like to focus on in 2024 regarding body image?

List three activities that make you feel fully alive. How can you prioritise them in the upcoming year?

What habits or rituals can you introduce to promote better self-care in the new year?

Reflect on a recent experience of flow. What activities allow you to lose track of time and fully engage with the present moment?

What is your current environment like? List any improvements you’d like to make.

What makes you feel safe? (If you can’t relate to the word ‘safe’, think of the opposite of overwhelm.)

Reflect on a recent experience of vulnerability. How did it feel to open up, and how can you embrace vulnerability as a source of strength in the new year?

What consistently energised you in 2023?

What consistently drained you in 2023?

If you only focus on achieving one goal in 2024, what is it, and why is that goal important to you? 

Reflect on a recent moment of clarity. How did your body respond to the newfound understanding, and how can you cultivate more moments of insight in the coming year?

Consider the goals you achieved last year. How did you celebrate those successes?

Reflect on the most significant lessons you learned in the past year and how they’ve shaped your growth.

What can you let go of in 2024?

By the end of 2024, how do you want to feel as you move into 2025?
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