Journal Writing Prompts for January

Is one of your New Year’s resolution to keep a daily journal? Are you uncertain about how to begin? Or do you just need a little inspiration? Check out the following journal writing prompts for January.

  1. Happy New Year’s Day! How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Did your celebrations go as planned?
  2. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
  3. Write 5 things about the holiday season that you do not want to forget. Go into detail.
  4. Write a good-bye letter to 2020.
  5. What did 2020 teach you about yourself, family, friends, community, and the world?
  6. Write 10 major goals for 2021.
  7. Write 3 minor goals for January.
  8. What are your hopes for 2021 for yourself, family, friends, community, and the world? Provide details.
  9. What is your favorite quote? Why does this quote bring you inspiration? Do you have a new quote for 2021?
  10. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  11. Free write for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to set a timer.
  12. What made you laugh today? Why was this moment funny?
  13. Create a blessing or gratitude list. Try to list at least 10 things.
  14. What small acts can you do in 2021 to make the world a better place?
  15. What new thing would you like to try in 2021?
  16. In what ways would you like to improve your life in 2021?
  17. Create a local bucket list. For example, visiting small businesses or order take out from individually owned establishments can be part of your list.
  18. Using 5 words, describe yourself. Be positive. Be kind to yourself. Why did you pick these 5 words?
  19. Pick one word to describe 2020. Now pick another word to describe 2021. Why did you pick these two words?
  20. Pick a book title for your life. Yes, this can be a totally made-up title. Why did you pick this title?
  21. What songs bring you inspiration? Why?
  22. Write about a loved one who has passed.
  23. Describe your neighbors in detail.
  24. If you could own a business, what would you do? Why?
  25. List 3 of your favorite television shows. Why do you like these programs?
  26. Describe your day in detail.
  27. What is the most stressful thing in your life right now? What are you doing to combat the stress? Can you change the situation?
  28. Write a letter to your future self. Describe how you think 2021 will go for you and your family. Seal the letter. Read at the end of the year.
  29. Write a book review.
  30. What you like to change about yourself? Be realistic.
  31. What were the high and low points of January 2021?

Journal Writing Prompts for December

The last month of 2020 is finally here. Are you still keeping your journal? Or are you just starting? Regardless of where you are at with your journal entries, use these writing prompts to help you through December.

  1. How did last month go for you? Write about your highs and lows for November.
  2. Write down 10 things you hope to accomplish in December.
  3. How is the pandemic in your area? Are the cases rising or decreasing? What are your concerns about the ongoing health crisis? Go into details.
  4. How has the pandemic changed your daily routine?
  5. Free write for 10 minutes. Set a timer and just let your thoughts flow.
  6. What one day from your past would you like to relive again? Why? Go into details.
  7. What major change would you like to implement in your life? What is stopping you from achieving your goal?
  8. What anxieties do you have about the future?
  9. What was the best part of your day today? Why?
  10. What was your biggest challenge or obstacle today? Why?
  11. What activity do you do to relieve stress?
  12. Go outdoors. Memorize what you see. Go back in and write the scene. Remember to focus on your five senses as you write.
  13. What were you doing at 11 am? Go into details.
  14. Write a book or product review.
  15. Write about a difficult time in your life. How did you get through it?
  16. What does your dream home look like? Go into details.
  17. Write about your day from the point of view of your dog or cat.
  18. Write a restaurant or small business review.
  19. What is one thing you want to do right now but can’t?
  20. Write a letter to your future self.
  21. Write about your extended family, your grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
  22. Describe the view out your window. If it’s dark, write about the night.
  23. Write about your best Christmas as a child.
  24. Christmas Eve–Write about your day.
  25. Merry Christmas! How did you spend the holiday?
  26. What did you learn the most in 2020?
  27. Write a list of at least 10 things you want to personally accomplish in 2021.
  28. Write a list of at least 10 things you want to accomplish as a family or at your place of employment
  29. Write a bucket list for 2021.
  30. What are you hoping for in 2021?
  31. What are your final thoughts for the last day of 2020?


Journal Prompts for the Christmas Season

The Christmas season is the perfect time of year to keep a journal. Write down your past memories, traditions, and daily fun. Do you need some journal prompts for the Christmas season? Check out the following list to get you started.

  1. What does the Christmas season mean to you? Go into detail.
  2. What is your favorite part of Christmas? Why?
  3. How does your religious belief fit into your Christmas traditions?
  4. What religious traditions do you practice or attend? A live nativity? A midnight outdoor service?
  5. How will this Christmas season be different?
  6. Is there an annual Christmas community event that you cannot attend this year due to the pandemic? Describe your past experiences at this particular event.
  7. What Christmas stands out the most to you?
  8. What are your favorite types of Christmas decorations in your home? Yard? or Community? What?
  9. What Christmas traditions did you love as a child? Do you still practice them? Why or why not?
  10. What smells remind you the most of the Christmas season? Why?
  11. Did you have Christmas stockings as a child? What was usually inside of your stocking? Do you still do stockings with your family? Why or why not?
  12. What is your favorite Christmas song? Why does this song remind you of the Christmas season?
  13. Finish the sentence. Today I was put in the Christmas season by_____________.
  14. What foods, candy, or other treats remind you the most of Christmas time?
  15. Are you to drive around and look at Christmas lights? What was your favorite? Why did this display stand out the most?
  16. Is there any new Christmas tradition you plan to do?
  17. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why?
  18. What is your favorite Christmas cartoon? Why?
  19. What one new thing did you do, watch, or bake this Christmas season?
  20. Did you get your family everything on their Christmas list? (Yes, your dog does count). Are there any last minute gifts you need to purchase?
  21. What do you plan to bake or purchase as part of your Christmas celebrations? Why did you make these choices?
  22. Are you ready for your Christmas celebrations? What last minute things do you need to do to prepare?
  23. Christmas Eve—write about your celebrations.
  24. Merry Christmas! Write about your day.
  25. Did your Christmas celebrations go as planned?
  26. What are your hopes for next Christmas?
  27. What was your biggest challenge celebrating Christmas during a pandemic?
  28. Write about your 2020 Christmas season.
  29. Write about 2020, the good and the bad.
  30. How do you plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve?
  31. Write about your hopes and resolutions for 2021.

Journal Writing Prompts for November

Writing in a journal eases daily stress, promotes creativity, and improves your writing skills. Take 10 or 15 minutes out of your day to write a few lines. If you need some inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for November.

  1. How did October go for you? Your family? Your work? Or your school
  2. What do you hope to accomplish this month? And for the rest of 2020?
  3. Election Day! (USA) Did you vote? Why or why not? Did the election turn out the way you wanted?
  4. What is your current situation with the pandemic? Describe.
  5. How do you measure success for yourself? Your family? Your career?
  6. Write about a personal experience that no one else knows about.
  7. What aspect of your life feels overwhelming right now? Why? What are you doing to alleviate stress and stay positive?
  8. Did something or someone make you smile or laugh today? Describe in great detail.
  9. Set the alarm and free-write for 10 minutes. Write down anything that comes to mind.
  10. If you could go anywhere or do anything right now, what would it be? Why?
  11. Make a list of positive ways you have changed over the last year, five years, or ten years.
  12. What major life decision brings you the most joy when you think about it?
  13. Describe your current weather from the point of view of an animal.
  14. Write down the best piece of advice that someone gave you? Why was this so important? How did it affect your life?
  15. What were you doing at 11 am and 3 pm? Provide details.
  16. Describe in detail your current view. Remember to use your senses.
  17. Write down a minimum of ten things you like about yourself.
  18. Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it?
  19. Do you have comfort food for the colder weather? What is it? Why does this provide comfort?
  20. Do you have a friend who is always there for you? Write that person a letter giving thanks for his or her friendship.
  21. When the weather is cold, rainy, or snowy, how do you like to spend your time?
  22. What Thanksgiving traditions did you have growing up? Do you still practice them?
  23. What are you most thankful for this November?
  24. What is your best childhood memory of Thanksgiving?
  25. What are your plans for the Thanksgiving weekend?
  26. Happy Thanksgiving! (USA) How did your day go?
  27. Do you have lots of leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal? What do you cook or bake with your leftovers? Or do you just eat them?
  28. Now that Thanksgiving is over, what do you need to do to get ready for the Christmas season?
  29. Have you started your Christmas shopping? Why or why not?
  30. What are you looking forward to in December?

Journal Writing Prompts for October

Whether you are just beginning or been keeping a journal for years, writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper is good for your well-being. Do you need some writing inspiration? Check out the following journal writing prompts for October.

  1. How did September go for you, your family, your loved ones, and your co-workers? Write about your best and worst moments from September in detail.
  2. What are you looking forward to the most in October?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish in the last 3 months of 2020?
  4. What are your thoughts on the pandemic? Are you still under restrictions for your area?
  5. Make a list of 10 things to get done by the end of the month. Put a star by the most important one.
  6. Write about that made you smile today.
  7. If you could have lunch with any writer, actor, or actress, who would you pick? Why?
  8. Are you decorating for Halloween? Why or Why not?
  9. Write about what you were doing at 10 am, 3 pm, and 7pm.
  10. Write a restaurant review.
  11. October is Family History Month. Write about your family’s beginnings.
  12. Write about your grandparents or other older family members. Describe their appearance, personality, and different mannerisms that make them stand out.
  13. Write about your name. How did you get your first and middle names? What does your surname mean? Are you named after anyone in your family?
  14. Write about your favorite memory with your grandparents or other older family members.
  15. Wo in your family inspires you? Why?
  16. Write about your current family status. (Yes, your dog counts as a family member).
  17. What does the word family mean to you?
  18. What is the one thing you would to do before 2020 is over? Why is this important to you?
  19. Write about your entire day from the perspective of your pet. (Yes, a stuffed animal counts).
  20. Free write for 15 minutes.
  21. Describe your current weather condition. Does the weather affect your mood?
  22. Write a book review.
  23. What are you currently reading or watching? What is the attraction?
  24. Whare are your thoughts on Halloween this year?
  25. What is your favorite spooky movie? Why?
  26. Did you have Halloween parties at school? What do you remember the most about the celebration?
  27. Did you celebrate Halloween as a child? Did you go trick-or-treating? What is your best Halloween memory?
  28. What are your Halloween plans?
  29. How does this Halloween differ from last year?
  30. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or Why not?
  31. Happy Halloween! How did your day go?

Journal Writing Prompts for September

Welcome to September! The month brings a 3-day weekend for Labor Day, the start of school, and the first day of fall. Cooler weather is a wonderful time to snuggle under a blanket, sip hot cocoa, and write in a journal. Do you need some journal inspiration? Check out the following list.

30 Journal Writing Prompts for September

  1. How did last month go for you and your family? Were you still under restrictions due to the pandemic in August? Go into details.
  2. What do you hope to achieve or finish in September? Make a list of at least 10 things.
  3. What do you want to finish by the end of the year? Have you been working on your year-end list? Why or why not?
  4. Labor Day weekend-do you have any plans? How will this 3-day weekend be different for you and your family?
  5. Describe 3-day holiday weekends from your childhood. Did you travel? Host a BBQ? Watch a telethon? Donate?
  6. Free write for 15 minutes. (Yes, set a timer).
  7. Happy Labor Day! How did your day go?
  8. Do you have a favorite flower? What is it? Why does this flower mean more to you than others?
  9. What is your favorite time of day? Why?
  10. Thinking back, what is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? Why does this memory stand out over the others?
  11. How would you describe yourself to others? List 10 positive attributes.
  12. What changes, small or large, would you like to make to your home, room, apartment, or other living space? Why do you want to make this change?
  13. Make a list of your current hobbies. Is there something new you want to try? Or do you want to restart an old one? What is stopping you?
  14. If there is one job you could do for a day, what would you pick? Why?
  15. What is your personal vision for the rest of 2020? The next 6 months? Year? 5 years? 10 years? Put a lot of thought and detail into each answer. Consider everything you would like to do for you and your family. Make a realistic action plan.
  16. Write a personal review of a book, movie, restaurant, or television show.
  17. What do you want to try? Do you have a bucket list? Make a dream bucket list.
  18. Write down 5 good thoughts about your day.
  19. Write about your siblings.
  20. What were you doing at 9 am, 2 pm, 7 pm?
  21. Happy First Day of Autumn! Did you get outdoors? Are the leaves beginning to change? Describe your little area of the world.
  22. What was your favorite fall activity as a child? Describe in great detail.
  23. Write about your inspiration.
  24. Describe your day from your dog or cat’s point of view. If you don’t have a real pet, you can always describe your day from the point of view of a stuffed animal.
  25. Write about your feelings about today.
  26. What one thing made you smile today?
  27. What is the most memorable activity you did over the summer?
  28. What was your best part of the day? Why?
  29. What excites you the most about fall?
  30. What are you hoping to achieve in October?

31 Days of Journal Prompts for August

Are you staying close to home due to the pandemic? Do you need an outlet to write your concerns, joys, or memories? Pick up a journal, Composition book, or a simple spiral notebook and start putting your thoughts down on paper.

If you are looking for daily inspiration for August, check out the following journal prompts.

  1. How did the month of July go for you? Did you learn anything new about yourself? Your family?
  2. What are you looking forward to accomplishing in August? Make a detailed list.
  3. What is your current “stay at home” status due to the recent coronavirus pandemic? Expand on your concerns over the virus in your area, if any.
  4. What plans did you have to give up this summer due to the pandemic? What was your alternative?
  5. Do you have school-age children? What are your concerns about returning to school? Are you going to homeschool, attend online, or face-to-face? What do you feel is the best option?
  6. What is your biggest hope for your children for the upcoming school year?
  7. What is your best school memory?
  8. What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
  9. Who was your favorite teacher? Why did this person make such an impact on you?
  10. Are you still in touch with your childhood friends? Why or why not?
  11. Did you go to football games, school dances, or other after school activities? What was your favorite one? Why?
  12. Did you participate in sports or other after school activities? What did you learn from the experience?
  13. Do you miss anything about your school days? Why or why not?
  14. Write about the most memorable summer vacation from childhood? Why is this one different from the rest?
  15. Did you go to college? Write about attending your first college class.
  16. What are your plans to celebrate the end of summer?
  17. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Why?
  18. List 10 things you want to accomplish before the end of the year.
  19. Think about a famous person you would like to meet. Who did you pick? Why did you choose this person?
  20. Describe your entire day. Go into great detail.
  21. If you could step into a fictional world from a book, television series, or movie, where would you go? Why did you pick this particular universe?
  22. Write down one thing that made you smile today.
  23. What is your one bad habit? What can you do to change this particular behavior?
  24. What are your best attributes? Try to list at least 5, ten would be better.
  25. What craft or hobby would you like to learn? What is the biggest obstacle?
  26. Middle of the week-free write for 15 minutes.
  27. If you could write a book, what would the storyline be? What is stopping you from writing your first novel?
  28. Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans?
  29. Describe one thing that brought you complete joy from this last week, month, and today.
  30. What were you doing at 11 am, 2 pm, 7 pm? Describe each time slot with great detail.
  31. What are you looking forward to doing in September?

31 Self-Care Ideas for July

Self-care is being aware of your own needs and taking the necessary steps to meet them. The demands of work, parenthood, and other commitments often lead to stress. With the added health crisis, social media, and daily news, you may quickly be overwhelmed. Take a step back, breath, and remember to take time for yourself. Do you need ideas for self-care? Check out the following list for July.

  1. Hydrate: Staying hydrated is essential for your health, especially in the summer. No, you don’t need to give up your morning coffee, just remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  2. Don’t Forget Your Fruits and Veggies: Often, in the summertime, quick meals lead to unhealthy choices. Remember to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Go Outdoors: Yes, social distancing and other restrictions are still in place but even get outside. Go for a hike, walk around the block, stroll through the city park, or take an extra trip to the dog park. Being outdoors, even for an additional hour, is good for your well-being.
  4. Happy Independence Day, USA! Watch the fireworks. Due to the coronavirus, many events have restrictions or canceled. Watching fireworks from your own vehicle is a safe way to enjoy the holiday. If you do not want to leave home, many PBS stations host 4th of July concerts with fireworks. Enjoy the show from your own couch.
  5. Make a Summer Playlist of Your Favorite Songs
  6. Start a Journal
  7. Create a Vision Board: Fill your board with anything that personally inspires or motivates you. Then, take the necessary steps to transform your goals into reality.
  8. Unplug: Step away from your computer, cell phone, or other electronic devices. Turn off the news. Unplugging for an hour, an afternoon, or a day can positively impact your mood.
  9. Buy Yourself Flowers
  10. Declutter Your Closet
  11. Take a Long Bubble Bath
  12. Give Yourself an In-Home Spa Treatment
  13. Make Your Favorite Meal: Yes, it can be a dessert.
  14. Call a Friend
  15. Meditate or Pray
  16. Do Morning Yoga or Stretching Exercises
  17. Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
  18. Take a Long Afternoon Nap
  19. Go on a Picnic: If the weather is uncooperative, host a picnic in your living room.
  20. Read a Book
  21. Go to the Farmer’s Market: Great place to get your fruits and veggies while supporting your community.
  22. Go for a Ride: Fill up your car and just drive.
  23. Set Goals for the Second Half of 2020
  24. Do Crafts on a Rainy Day
  25. Learn to Say, “No”: Too many commitments can lead to added stress.
  26. Spend an Evening (or Entire Weekend) Binge-Watching: Re-watch your favorite television series or discover something new.
  27. Paint or Draw: Bringing out your inner artists does not have to break the bank. Head to your local dollar store and buy some necessary supplies.
  28. Listen to a New Podcast
  29. Buy Yourself Something New: Treating yourself can be as simple as trying a new type of cracker to purchasing an entire outfit. Just do something new for yourself.
  30. Send a Friend or Family Member a Letter: Or join a pen pal organization and write to someone new.
  31. Make a Goal List for August

31 Days of Journal Writing Prompts for July

Are you looking to start journal writing? Or perhaps you are just looking for some inspiration to continue your daily writing? Keeping a journal is a beautiful way to get your thoughts and memories down on paper. Check out the following list of prompts for July.

  1. How did June go for you? What was your best moment? Add lots of details.
  2. What do you hope to accomplish for the second half of 2020? Be specific on your goals.
  3. How did you and your family celebrate the 4th of July? What is your best memory of the holiday from your childhood?
  4. Happy Independence Day, USA! Did you celebrate today? What did you do?
  5. What does freedom mean to you?
  6. What are your biggest fears with the coronavirus? Are you still social distancing? Are you wearing a mask in public places?
  7. What has the coronavirus taught you?
  8. Make a current gratitude list of at least 10 things that make you feel grateful.
  9. Mid-Week Smiles! What made you happy today? What made you smile?
  10. At this particular time in your life, what do you feel are your best traits? Why?
  11. Take a moment to think about a time in your life that was a significant transition. What was it? How did you handle the situation? What did you learn from the experience?
  12. In your opinion, what is the best or favorite part of summer? Go into details.
  13. Free write for 15 minutes.
  14. Is there a hobby or other activity from your childhood that you would like to try again? What is stopping you? Why was this activity important to you?
  15. Who is your inspiration? Why does this one person mean so much to you? Has your role model changed over the years?
  16. Name a person who you trust above anyone else in your life? Why do you trust this person?
  17. If you change your community, state, region, or even the world, what would you do? Now, write one thing that you can do to help promote this goal.
  18. Write about a summer job from your teen or young adulthood. What did you learn from the experience? What did you like and dislike about the job?
  19. What would you do if you won the lotto jackpot?
  20. Describe your entire day in great detail.
  21. What makes you feel stressed or overwhelmed?
  22. If you could walk out your door into a fictional world or a different timeline, where would you go? Why?
  23. Did you have a favorite book, comic book, television series, or movie as a child? Why was this particular media so important to you?
  24. Is there someone from your past that you need to forgive? Write that particular person a letter. No, you do not have to send it. Getting your feelings out on paper is a great letting go experience.
  25. Where would you like to be in five years in terms of finances, housing, family, or any other large scale changes? How do you plan to accomplish your goals?
  26. What was the scariest or dangerous moment in your life so far? What was the situation? Describe your experience.
  27. Is summer your favorite season? Why? If not, what is your favorite season?
  28. Write about your favorite summer vacation as a child? What was the best part?
  29. Describe your perfect summer day.
  30. Where is one place you want (or already went) to this summer? Why was this place a “must-see” for this summer?
  31. What are you or your family looking forward to in August?
  • Bonus: What is your favorite summer outdoor activity? Why?

30 Days of Journal Writing Prompts for June

Journal writing is an excellent way to explore your personal feelings. Write about the world around you, the news, or past experiences. Do you need inspiration? Check out the following prompts for June.

  1. How was May for you? What was your most significant achievement? Were you still under the stay at home orders from the pandemic? How are you and your family handling the restrictions?
  2. What are you looking forward to the most in June?
  3. List 5 things that bring you joy daily.
  4. Pick a news topic from today’s headline or news channel. How did the headline make you feel? Does the news affect you or your family?
  5. Write about your day from the point of view of your dog or cat? If you do not have a pet, use a stuffed animal for inspiration.
  6. What is your favorite color? Do you know why that color is your favorite?
  7. How was your day? Did everything go as planned? Was your day happy or stressful? Write about your day in great detail.
  8. Write about your favorite place. Why is this place so special to you?
  9. Write about someone you miss. Why is/was this person so important to you?
  10. Describe your dream kitchen, home, or outdoor living space?
  11. If you ever won a million dollars, what would you do?
  12. What is one place you would like to visit? Imagine yourself there. Write about how you would like to experience your dream destination.
  13. Write about the first book you remember reading from your childhood. Why does that book stick out the most?
  14. Today is Flag Day in the USA. Write about your feelings about your country. (If outside the US, do the same thing). Describe the best aspects of your country.
  15. If you could step into any movie or book, where would you go? Why?
  16. What was the most exciting part of your day?
  17. Free write for 15minutes.
  18. What is your favorite season? Why do you like this season over the others?
  19. Describe your favorite childhood memory about summer?
  20. Today is the first official day of summer. How is your summer going to be different for you and your family? Do you still plan to travel or stay close to home?
  21. Happy Father’s Day! (US) Did you do something to celebrate the father figures in your life today? What did you do?
  22. Write about your favorite childhood memory about your dad or other father figures in your life.
  23. Did you have a family dinner today? Or do another activity as a family? Write about your day in detail. Yes, your dog counts as your family.
  24. Write about your religious views. What do you believe? Do you think your beliefs are different than other members of your family?
  25. Happy Friday! Do you have any weekend plans? Write down 5 things you hope to accomplish this weekend.
  26. Write about your favorite childhood meal. Do you still eat the food? Is the food still your favorite? Why or why not?
  27. If you could go to space, would you go? Why?
  28. Look out your window right now, what do you see? Describe the scene with great detail.
  29. What July activity are you looking forward to participating in? Why is this event important to you?