A journal can become a healthy space for you to grow as a person by spending more time engaging in self-reflection. It is a blank page for you to discover yourself creatively.
From being a private and safe arena for you to let go of frustrations to being a space to stretch your creative endeavors and personal development, journaling can help you explore within and without yourself.
The art of journaling can help one discover their innate potential and unleash a deeper understanding of their spiritual self. Sometimes when you are in the middle of something, it blurs your vision and you often miss seeing the bigger picture.
In that case, journaling provides you clarity with a birds-eye view of where you stand in a situation and hence the possibility of a solution.
Likewise, one can go on and on about the personal benefits journal writing offers you.
As a journal enthusiast, peers who have never written before often ask me what and how one writes in a journal.
In observing, this question and hesitation to start comes with certain myths about writing a journal.
Let me begin by briefly deconstructing a couple of them that I frequently hear.
- First, one has to write in perfect language– The answer is no. The prejudice is that when you write in a personal diary, you have to use a particular language in its perfect form, say suppose, English. In contrast, you can write in any language you find comfortable without being necessarily grammatically correct. You may even amalgamate multiple languages however you like it.
- Second, there is a specific format and rule to write in your journal- The answer again is no. There are various types of journals, and one can even create the kind of use you want to make out of the blank pages. There is no definite routine, guideline, or format for journaling. It is personal and subjective.
One can only suggest you journaling ideas or guide you in providing personal journal prompts or journal writing prompts.
Great Ideas as To Journal About
If you are looking for inspiration and wondering what to exactly journal about, here are 11 different journal ideas to write about that may be interesting and effective.
1. Write About Being Grateful For Everything
Gratitude is the feeling of thankfulness, contentment, and appreciation. It is perhaps one of the most fundamental aspects of self-development. It is a great journaling idea.
We often forget to count our blessings amid our daily business. But it is only natural that sometimes we do not see the good things that surround us.
Therefore, taking time to gather your thoughts and jot down things to express gratitude is a healthy personal exercise.
You can write about the things for which you are generally happy. You can write them in the form of a bullet journal with one sentence for each point, or write them in paragraphs.
You may be thankful for being alive, having friends and family who care for you, getting to eat proper meals in a day, a night of good sleep.
There may also be more recent and specific things that happened for which you are grateful. For instance, having gotten a raise in your salary, finally met your crush on a date, and sold your first artwork.
Look around to see that things align for you, even in the smallest of matters. It is time to journal and count your blessings.
2. Write Down Your Stream of Consciousness
A stream of consciousness is your series of thoughts that flow in a continuous motion without any interruption from external objection.
Most people usually take to this type of journaling when itching to write something but do not have any particularly great ideas about what to write.
Just go with the flow of my immediate thoughts. As you are jotting down that way in your diary, it is like an impromptu talk with yourself.
It is fun and refreshing to have a random conversation with yourself without much contemplation. Your thoughts may be something very casual or something of deep thinking. They don’t have to be based on a specific topic and can be multidirectional.
Sometimes, this type of journal entry may also bring out your writing skills or the writer inside you who is raw, original, and creative.
We all need time for ourselves where we can let our emotions flow without hesitation, as and when it comes to you.
3. Write About Things You Have Overcome
We often need self-appreciation more than any form of external validation.
One of the ways to appreciate yourself is to jot down the things you have overcome in the past. It may be, for example, about facing your fears, being helpful to people when least expected in the middle of a situation, or leaving a bad habit.
Jot down things you did for which you are proud, it’s a great journaling idea. It is an achievement by you, no matter how small, big or silly the idea seems to anyone.
It is a useful journal prompt as, when your future self looks at these real-life stories about you, they may inspire you to take up challenges and not give up. It is the right time to pat yourself on the back by journaling about your overcomes.
It helps you take a healthy step in boosting your personal development like self-esteem and confidence.
4. Write Down Positive Affirmations for Manifestation
Journaling down affirmative thoughts becomes a powerful tool for manifesting your dreams or wishes.
These positive affirmations are like prayers with psychological motifs and cognitive benefits attached to them.
If you believe in metaphysical prayers with scientific upholds to support them, this type of journaling can be a good journaling practice to start your embodiment.
Write down what you want and how you want things to be.
Your positive affirmations can be something creative, meaningful, and transformative.
They can be a guided prayer that you may find in books, from teachers, or online in articles. Or you can start writing them by yourself.
An important thing to remember is that they do not necessarily have to be heavy in meaning and philosophy.
Simple journal thoughts like “I am fearless,” “I am confident,” and “I will eat healthy from now,” are also positive affirmations. You can also write poetry if you wish to.
5. Write About Things that Are Bothering You
If you are having a tough day with little to big problems in your life, jotting them down in a diary can be a helpful activity.
When you write about the things controlling your mood, it may strip some burden off of you. It may be a situation of dilemma, stress, or behavior of someone bothering you.
Or sometimes, you may even be confused about why you feel stressed.
Tiny little things gathered at once can also be a factor present in the back of your mind all the time, the reason you feel angry or lost.
Sometimes we want to share our feelings or emotional state with someone but cannot because of various reasons.
If you let them out in writing, it may feel like you have shared your part. There will be no judgment, and it remains un-regretted.
Moreover, when you write them down, there are possibilities that it may work as a problem-solving idea since you have a clearer understanding of what is going on inside and outside of you.
6. Jot Down Your Short-Term Goals and Check Progression
You can write about a few things you want to achieve short and check the progression you are making towards that goal.
The time frame to reach your goals can be a few weeks or a few months. Having a particular time frame in mind will help you be more mindful, self-aware, and effective.
For example, it may be a bad habit you want to leave, the pounds you want to lose or gain, the dream job you want to apply for in a few months, or an article you want to write.
It might also be a relationship you want to strengthen.
The list goes on as it can be anything that is your short-term goal.
While you periodically jot down on a paper what you did (or did not do) to come closer to your goals, you can track how you have progressed.
7. Write Down Your Daily Routine
You can write in your journal the morning routine that you follow as you wake up, and how the rest of your daily life follows.
One generally writes such a journal entry daily, since it is a habit fostering activity. A daily journaling habit allows you to utilize your time efficiently by maintaining a ritualistic pattern.
It is a simple exercise that increases your self-awareness and helps you focus on your management skills. This type of daily journaling is a commonly known one.
However, you can make it more interesting by adding new ideas to write along with what you do daily. For example, mentioning what was the highlight of your day out of your usual pattern of functioning.
8. Write About Your Traveling Experiences
You may have visited a place recently for a school trip, a business trip, or a vacation. Journaling about this journey can be a refreshing activity.
Jot down in a diary by reflecting on your travel experience. Write about things you like the most in the journey and the destination.
You may also write the basic details of the place, like its physical appearance, population density, weather quality, the point of attraction, the cost of travel, and ways to reach the destination.
Pointing out the unique details you have observed or experienced can help your journal be even more meaningful.
This journal entry can help serve as a memoir for yourself and also others who might want a detailed account of the place with personal advice and suggestions.
9. Write About Your Favorite Moments from The Past
Another way to do gratitude journaling is to recall the moments from the past that you enjoyed the most.
It is a helpful tool to remind you of the good things that happened in your everyday life that you often forget to embrace. Moments of nostalgia can be a healthy touch to your emotional growth.
Recall some of your best days and journal them down. They may be small or large events that happened in your life for which you are grateful.
For example, you may recall the time when you first met the love of your life or the time when your friends threw you a sweet surprise birthday party.
You may, in some way, live the moments twice or thrice remembering and recording them.
10. Write Down the Craziest Ideas on Your To-Do List
Journaling can be a moment to foster your innate creativity and unique desires.
You can write in bullet points, in a single sentence, or paragraphs about things you want to do in your life at least once.
It is something like a bucket list, but it has a few more things to it. Make it a list with the craziest ideas you ever thought of.
Everyone is indeed unique in their ways. You will always have some of your dreams and desires very different from the rest. It is time to push them forward and experience them.
Begin by writing about them in your journal and then fulfill them one by one as an upcoming event in your life.
Throw all inhibitions away and cut some slack from the monotony!
11. Write About the Person You Want to Become in The Next Few Years
An effective way to self-development can be to write down the kind of person you want to be in the coming few years. It is a journey in ‘becoming’ an even better version of you.
Jot down the characteristics of the person you want to be in a few years. It can be either a single or the entire aspect of your life that you want to transform.
You may want to become someone with your dream profession at hand. Or you may want to become more patient and accepting.
If you want to acquire an all-including transformation, you can consider noting these aspects-your careers and financial life; your love life and relationship with your family, friends, and people at your workplace; your physical and mental health; your habits, and personal traits like self-esteem, confidence, values, and priorities.
Jotting down all the things in detail about the areas you want to achieve for the better would be even more helpful.
With these journaling prompts at hand, why wait?
It is a crucial time for you to dive into the journey of self-discovery and self-mastery.
Start writing, or if you halted on your way for some reason, continue writing, by using these journaling ideas to get all the benefits of writing a journal.
-edited by Steffy Michael|11/7/22