Some days, it’s easy to write in your notebook, but other days you might suffer from a case of journal writer’s block. That’s where a list of journaling prompts comes in handy. It can be pulled out only when you need it, or each time you grab your pen and paper.
Prompts can also inspire you to tackle a topic you hadn’t considered but actually do want to write about. Here’s a list of 50 journal prompts that are great to start with.
Prompts for Your First Journal
These first journaling prompts are all about your first time journaling to get you started writing. Or you may decide to do it every year on January 1st. Or even every time you start a new notebook. (If you’re like me, with large, sprawling handwriting, that could be a few times a year!)
1. What is your purpose for writing in this journal?
2. What do you want to accomplish?
3. Write about 5 things you want to figure out with your journal.
4. What’s something good that happened to you today?
5. Tell a short story about what you wanted to be when you grew up.
6. What is a place you would like to someday travel to?
7. Are you happy with your career direction?
8. Who is someone in your life 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’s your 5 or 10-year plan?
2. List 10 things on your bucket list.
3. What’s 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’s your absolute dream job?
7. If money were no object, what college 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 when you’re a little bit stuck on what to write about.
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’s a mistake you made today that you could correct or do differently next time?
7. How can you make tomorrow a more fulfilling day?
8. What’s one good thing you can do for someone today?
9. Are you happy with your choices today?
10. What’s something you can do better tomorrow?
I hope some of these 50 prompts appeal to you. Give them a spin and if you like, tweak them each time so that you don’t tire of the same question. Or, stick strictly to the same prompt wording so that you can compare your answers each time and see how you’ve changed over time. Enjoy!