Some days, you may find it’s easy to write in your bullet journal, in fact, the words just seem to flow from the pen. Other days, the blank page is so glaringly white that your mind goes blank. That’s where bullet journal prompts come in handy. (A prompt is a compelling question or statement that gives you an easy starting point.)
You don’t absolutely need to journal in a BuJo like you would in a diary. It’s fine to stick to productivity and quickly log tasks and appointments. But often bullet journalists are inspired to expand on those elements and head into deeper topics.
If really depends on why you decided to start bullet journaling in the first place. Maybe it was for your health, or as part of a weight loss journey, or simply to get you through a tough time in your life.
Journaling prompts can help by giving you a little bit of structure and support for self-discovery. Take a look at the next couple of prompts to get an idea of how they work. Thirty more prompts follow, so you have just the right one for any situation.
Bullet Journal Prompts to Help You Go Deeper
“What Would You Do If…”
Prompts that start off with the phrase, “What would you do if…”, tend to lead to fun discoveries about yourself. You can find out how you would handle a situation — realistic or highly improbable. They show a lot about your personality, your reasoning skills, and critical thinking. You may never actually be faced with what you would do if a UFO landed in your back yard, but it can be fun to imagine, if only to amuse yourself. On the other hand, if you a serious test of courage coming up, and see yourself acing it, that can give you confidence and help keep your morale up.
“Describe Your Dream Life…”
Description based prompts, especially ones that deal with your dream life, are very popular. These prompts help you work through what’s important to you and to find out what things don’t matter in your life. You can use the same prompt over and over, even on a daily or weekly basis, and compare your answers. If your dream is always the same, that’s a good indication that it’s no passing fancy. If you review your answers years from now, you can see how your viewpoints and priorities have evolved, which leads to more self-discovery.
You can use prompts once in awhile, weekly, or even daily. There are some prompts that are specific to your goals, or you can go with random journaling prompts. If you like using writing prompts, you may want to consider starting a journal that contains nothing but prompts.
The following writing prompts are great for self-discovery — feel free to tweak them to suit you. I’ll be adding more prompts in the future, too, so check back:
Questions For Where You Are Right Now
1. What’s your purpose for writing in a journal?
2. What do you want to accomplish?
3. Write about 5 things you want to figure out with your BuJo.
4. What’s something good that happened to you today?
5. Tell about what you wanted to be when you grew up.
6. What’s a place you’d like to someday travel to?
7. Are you happy with your career direction?
8. Who is someone in your life that you’re grateful for?
9. Describe your dream day, from beginning to end.
10. Talk about how you’re feeling right now.
Questions to Figure Out Your Life Goals and Plans
Journaling is also great to figure out what direction you want to go next. It helps you find clarity and discover goals you didn’t know you had. Here are some prompts to help:
1. What is your 5 or 10-year plan?
2. List 10 things on your bucket list.
3. What is something you can do today that helps you reach your goals?
4. Where do you want to be in a year?
5. Where do you want to be in 10 years?
6. What is your absolute dream job?
7. If money were no object, what school would you go to?
8. Describe a to-do list to achieve your biggest goals in life.
9. Write at least one page about ways you can improve your life right now.
10. What do you think has been holding you back from achieving your goals?
Daily Journaling Prompts
These 10 journaling prompts will help you write in your journal daily, especially in the evening, to wrap up the day. You could even write next to related bar or graph trackers:
1. What’s something good that happened today?
2. (morning prompt) What are 5 things you want to do today?
3. How are you feeling right now?
4. On a level of 1-10, how is your anxiety? What do you think is leading to your anxiety?
5. List 10 things you’re grateful for today.
6. What is a mistake you made today that you could do differently?
7. How can you make tomorrow a more fulfilling day?
8. What is one good thing you can do for someone today?
9. Are you happy with your choices today?
10. What is something you can do better tomorrow?