Journaling: What to Write? (20 Journaling Prompts)

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Can’t come up with things to journal about? Here’s a list of 20 journaling prompts that will help you get started.

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I am definitely one of the biggest proponents for journaling for gaining deeper self-knowledge and self-awareness. I think journaling may be the single best way to gain more self-insight without other people butting in. Sometimes, you just need to learn what you, yourself, think, want, and feel, without having anyone else projecting their thoughts, beliefs, or advice onto you. And the way to do that is through journaling.

But of course it can be hard to know what to write when journaling, so to help you, here are some of my favorite journaling prompts. You can re-answered them as many times as you want, even multiple times after each other. Or return to them any other time you want.

20 Journaling Prompts

  1. What are you looking forward to the most right now?
  2. What are you grateful for?
  3. What’s something recent that happened, that you can’t stop thinking about?
  4. What emotions are you feeling right now? And why?
  5. What goals do you have?
  6. If money, time, education, and other people’s opinions didn’t matter: What would you do?
  7. If you died in two weeks, would you be happy with what you’re doing with your life right now?
  8. When you’re dead, what do you want other people to remember you as/for?
  9. If you didn’t care about what anyone else thought about you, what would you do differently?
  10. How is your ideal self?
  11. What would an ideal day be to you? (From morning to night)
  12. What’s your dream vacation?
  13. What type of friend do you wish you were to others?
  14. What is an habit that you’ve become comfortable with, but that doesn’t serve you?
  15. What is one thing you could start doing every day to improve yourselves?
  16. Write down the habits that you currently have
  17. How do you imagine your life to be in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
  18. What’s your stream of consciousness right now?
  19. What should you start doing more of?
  20. Is there anything you can do right now to show love or help a loved one?

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