Journaling Prompts (the ultimate list)

Posted by Luke Thomas
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For many years I tried to establish a regular habit of journaling, reflecting, and documenting. I wanted a way to prioritize my work, learnings, and be more thoughtful and intentional about my life.

Unfortunately, the habit never stuck. There would be times that I would forget my journal. Other times, there was no reminder to write, so I'd only remember when it was too late.

That's why I started Friday. I wanted an easier way to reflect and write about my week. We help you automate everything except giving the update itself. We'll handle notifications, reminders, and more. You can pick from a variety of questions & prompts as well. This helps you kickstart a habit in less time.

One fool-proof way to kickstart a regular habit of writing is through journaling prompts. If you've ever stared at a blank sheet of paper and froze, prompts can help get the creative juices flowing.

We've compiled a list of our favorite prompts to help you build a habit of regular writing. We've categorized them below by popular categories.

1.) Journaling Prompts for Work

In this first section, we'll focus on your work and what you aim to accomplish. The goal here is to help you prioritize and reflect on your work on a regular basis.

  1. What did you work on today?
  2. What do you aim to accomplish today?
  3. What are your must-wins for today?
  4. What work did you accomplish today that you are most proud of?
  5. What are your priorities for today?
  6. What are the top three things you need to do today?
  7. What are your must-wins for the week?
  8. What is one way you could become a better teammate?
  9. What gave you energy today?
  10. What drained you today?
  11. What would you like to be working on next week? Next year? In five years?
  12. When was the last time you said, "thank you" to a coworker?
  13. When was the last time you asked for feedback on your work?
  14. What does success at work look like for you?
  15. In X years, what would you like to be doing for work?

2.) Journaling Prompts for Personal Reflection

In this next section, we'll focus on your personal life. It's important that you maintain yourself and regular journaling can help you be more thoughtful. Writing is a form of thinking.

  1. How can you make your life better today?
  2. What brings you energy? 
  3. What drains you right now?
  4. In a couple of sentences, describe what's going on right now.
  5. How was your week?
  6. What are you most proud of right now?
  7. What would you like to improve about your life in the next 30 days?
  8. What does success look like to you?
  9. Who is the most important person in your life right now. Why?
  10. What is bringing you joy right now?
  11. What is making you sad right now?
  12. What are you thankful for right now?
  13. Who should you connect with right now? When was the last time you talked with them?
  14. How is social media impacting your life right now?
  15. What was the most surprising even you experienced this week?
  16. What do you want your legacy to be?
  17. When was the last time you exercised. Why?
  18. What places would you like to visit this year?
  19. What was the most exciting thing that happened this week?
  20. List the three people that give you energy
  21. What is one problem you encountered this week? How did you go about solving it?
  22. What is worrying you right now?
  23. What was the most disappointing thing you encountered recently. How did you overcome it?
  24. Rate how you are handling stress right now. Why?
  25. What is making you nervous right now?

Journaling Tips

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I could never establish a regular habit of journaling with a physical journal, which is why I created Friday. I enjoy using a digital journal as it's easier to kickstart a habit (via automated reminders, the ability to search past results, etc), but you may like the tangible feeling of paper. It's really up to you.

If you haven't built a habit of regular journaling, I'd encourage you to try a tool like Friday to help build the habit. The habit creation is the most important part. 

I hope these prompts were helpful!

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