22 Thought-Provoking Questions for Goal Setting and Self-Reflection

I have at least four to-do lists on my phone and desk at any given moment. I often work toward the next deadline, assignment, errand, or meeting without pausing to think about the big picture of what I am trying to accomplish. I’m going to set aside some time to answer these thought-provoking questions for goal setting and self-reflection. I like to journal on paper so I’m more likely to write freely without deleting and editing. Wacom Bamboo Folio lets me write my work journal then store and share notes on Evernote or Dropbox so I can access them anywhere. If you download The Wacom Inkspace app, you organize, edit, and share notes straight from your phone or tablet!

22 Thought-Provoking Journal Prompts for Goal Setting and Self-Reflection

  1. What was the biggest change I made within the last year?
  2. What were my top three personal and professional accomplishments within the last year? How did they make me feel?
  3. What were three of my biggest personal or professional challenges? How did I feel when I was faced with a challenge?
  4. What was the most important lesson I learned this year?
  5. When did I feel happiest? What happened?
  6. When did I feel saddest? What happened?img_8795
  7. What are three long-term goals I want to work towards? What are three concrete steps I can take towards accomplishing each goal?
  8. What are three short-term goals I want to work towards? What are three concrete steps I can take towards accomplishing each goal?
  9. What are my top three goals for relationships, personal development, and professional development?
  10. What is something I feel guilty about? Is there anything I can do to feel less guilty?
  11. What am I grateful for right now?
  12. Who are the top five people I spend the most time with? What do I love about them?
  13. What am I anxious or apprehensive about?
  14. Where do I want to be this time next year?
  15. Which friendships make me feel the happiest and most empowered? Are there any friendships that leave me feeling sad, self-conscious, or disappointed?img_8792
  16. How can I be kinder to myself and others?
  17. What is holding me back? What are some things that are limiting me from accomplishing what I want to accomplish?
  18. Am I spending my time wisely? How can I spend my time better?
  19. What are three ways I can step out of my comfort zone?
  20. What are three things that make me the most stressed or anxious? Is there anything I can do to alleviate that stress?
  21. What are three things that make me feel the most relaxed and happy? How can I do more of that!?
  22. What can I do to feel more confident, self-assured, and happier?


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15 Responses to 22 Thought-Provoking Questions for Goal Setting and Self-Reflection

  1. McKenna Bleu says:

    These are all great! Good timing for new years resolutions coming up!

  2. Jordyn says:

    I love exercises like this. It’s great to look back on life and do some serious reflecting and goal setting!

  3. Greta says:

    This is a great thing to do at the end of the year to see how far you’ve come and grown!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  4. amy says:

    What a great post to end the year with! Will def keep these in mind when the new year’s comes!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  5. Katie says:

    I love these questions- I definitely think I need to sit down with a cup of coffee and think about these soon!


  6. Sydney says:

    I am saving this to sit down and answer all these for myself next week. I just love this

  7. Courtney says:

    I love this! It’s actually so important to reflect on the year and your personal growth to see what you might need to improve upon. I don’t think you can ever stop learning and loving yourself.

    La Belle Sirene 

  8. I’m going to have to go through this exercise right now…it’s SO dang good!

    Coming Up Roses

  9. This is such a great post. I love asking myself questions like this because it’s so important for personal growth.

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

  10. Nafisa says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this post. It’s the best way to end the year. As I started to answer, things started to become more clearer. It give a better picture on what need to be change in New year for a happy productive life!!!

  11. These are all great reminders!

    Mindy II amixofmin.com

  12. Michaela says:

    Such great questions to reflect on as we begin to transition into a new year! I love the thought of reflecting on happiness.


  13. Abi says:

    Hi elana, thank you for this. I would definitely use this to reflect on my goals and vision.

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