Journal prompts can be a great way to jump-start your journal writing and explore new and interesting topics. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced journaler, having a go-to library of journal prompts can help you build a more regular journaling practice and stay inspired and motivated as you keep a journal.
I write a daily journal myself and I’ve set up my own template with these prompts:
When I journalled before putting the template in place, I would write loose, unstructured ‘Dear diary’ type entries. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but a bout of professional coaching (which honestly felt more like therapy, in a good way) made me want to prompt myself more clearly to find something good about each day.
I’m incredibly lucky in not really having problems getting off to sleep – unless I’ve done a particularly adrenalin-inducing Zwift race late at night – and I put a lot of that down to my routine of getting what’s in my head down into a journal every night before heading to bed. If I’ve had a good day, it reinforces it; if I’ve had not such a good day or need to whinge about something, getting it out into the journal takes it out of my head. It’s one of those things that you can’t believe really works until you try it. YMMV, of course, but it totally works for me.