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August 22, 2019
6 Prompts To Start Your Daily Journal

Dorian Schwartz

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Processing Thoughts

I am a huge proponent of daily journal writing.           

Journalling allows us to better process our thoughts and externalize any difficult feelings we may have had throughout the day. It can be a helpful tool in allowing ourselves to get to know what situations trigger us, how we process our thoughts and emotions, and how we might use our creativity to solve difficult problems.

And yes, sometimes writing feels tedious.
Or we just have no clue where to start.

For those moments, I’d encourage you to try these 6 journal prompts and see where they take you.

  1. What’s on my mind right now? This prompt can allow you to practice mindfulness and awareness of the present moment.
  2. What’s been going well in my life lately? What’s been more difficult? Why? This prompt motivates us to get more in touch with how situations, relationships, or circumstances in our lives are playing a role in influencing our feelings.
  3. What inspires me? Why? Exploring what inspires us is a helpful tool in determining our values and coming to understand what feels enriching for us.
  4. What are 5 things I am grateful for right now? Gratitude! Practicing a little bit of gratitude can help us feel more positive emotions and relish our experiences.
  5. What are 5 ways that I can go out of my comfort zone this year? There is no better way to grow than by stepping outside of our comfort zones. Experiencing and growing through a new challenge is a great way to boost self-confidence and belief in our abilities.
  6. What area of my life needs more love and attention? Why? This prompt may allow us to recognize where we need to cultivate more care and self-love. It can also be a helpful prompt toward setting small goals to make us healthier and happier.

If you need some help, here are three journals I love.

  • The Best Self Journal provides a clear outline of how to plan the next 13 weeks to be your most productive and aligned with your goals.
  • The Five-Minute Journal is a gratitude focused journal that provides helpful prompts for your daily journal habit (and holds you to 5 minutes of course)!
  • Any Moleskine Journal is an old classic. I love these ones as they are pocket size and are there when you need to put those thoughts on paper!

Happy Writing!

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