Journaling is a fulfilling and beneficial habit to start. But when you’re starting out, those blank pages can be intimidating. What do you write about?
When beginning your journaling journey, using prompts helps your brain fire up. Even if you’ve journaled for years, they encourage you to go deeper and consider subjects in a new light.
Whether beginner or veteran, we have ten easy journal prompts for you today. They’re designed to help you reflect on your life during your daily or weekly practice.
What did you do today? How do you feel about it?
Journaling about your day is a great place to start if you don’t know what to write about. It allows you to reflect on your feelings about the day and what you accomplished. Often, you’ve done more than you thought.
How do you feel about your week?
At the end of the week, reflect on what you did and what goals you met. Don’t use this as a time to berate yourself for what you didn’t do. Instead, analyze what areas need work or what priorities need to change.
What emotions are you holding onto?
Sometimes we hold onto emotions without noticing. They can build up and cause problems later. Take a minute to reflect on what you need to let go of today.
What are you grateful for?
Gratitude rewires our brains toward positivity. Make a list of everything you’re thankful for right now and why you’re thankful for it. You can even make this a daily habit.
What’s something you’re proud of accomplishing lately?
Take a moment in your journal to write down what you’ve accomplished and why you’re proud of yourself for doing it. In the constant go-go-go of life, we don’t always stop to look at all the amazing things we’ve done.
What do you want more of in your life? How can you get it?
Admitting what you need isn’t weak. Recognizing your needs is the first step in getting them. Only once you admit the problem can you work to fix it.
What’s something you want to prioritize more? What’s something you want to stop prioritizing?
Doing the same thing day after day isn’t a bad thing. But sometimes we forget to check that what we’re doing aligns with what we’re trying to accomplish. This is a great monthly question to journal about.
How do you want to feel daily?
What would that look like if you could feel your best every day? How can you take steps to get to that point? Look for habits to build that brings you closer to your dream life.
What currently brings you the most joy?
Take this question a step further by making a photo collage of everything that makes you happy right now. People. Places. Songs. TV shows. Whatever puts a smile on your face.
What do you love most about yourself?
Step back from criticizing yourself and write down what you love most about yourself. Your smile? Your hair? Your sense of humor? Learn to focus on what you love more and your “flaws” less.
Remember there’s no right or wrong way to journal. Some people use it to reflect on their life. Others use it to record their life. Some people even use art. Play around and find what feels most natural to you.
These beginner journal prompts help you on your way to a strong, meditative habit. The more you do it, the more benefit you’ll gain.
Which prompt do you plan to try first?