Are you ready to start the new year? Is journal writing one of your New Year’s resolutions? Or are just searching for new material to include in your ongoing writing? In either case, check out the following list of journal writing prompts for January to help you get the New Year going.
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New Year’s Day! Describe how your day went? Highs? Lows?
How did your holiday season go for you and your family? Go into details, add your likes and dislikes.
What are you hoping to do different next holiday season? Why?
Did you make any New Year resolutions? Why or why not?
What do you hope to accomplish in 2022? Write monthly goals and yearly ones.
What steps do you need to take to make 2022 a healthier year for you?
What is your biggest worry going into 2022? Why?
How do you hope to improve your mindset in 2022?
Create a bucket list for 2022.
What do you want your life to look like at the end of this year? Five years? Ten years?
Is there a hobby or activity you want to try in 2022? What is it? What do you need to do to get started?
Free write for 22 minutes.
What 3 things did you achieve today?
What was the worst advice you ever took? What happened?
What was the best advice you ever took? Why?
Write a review about a movie, book, or product.
If you did not need to sleep, what would you do with your extra time?
List your biggest pet peeves.
If you could have any magic power, what would you pick?
Write about your most recent dream? What do you think this dream means?
What is your favorite day of the week? Why?
Would you ever consider getting rid of your television, computer, phone, or other electronic devices? Why or why not?
What are your strongest attributes? Make a list of 5. Yes, you have at least five.
Describe your family. List characteristics and details for each member.
What does happiness or contentment mean to you?
Describe your dream lifestyle.
Right now, who are the people who mean the most to you? Why?
If you had to host a fancy dinner party, what would you do? Would you have a theme? Go into details to describe each aspect of the party.
What is your happiest memory? Why?
Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions?
It’s already the end of the month! Did you accomplish your first month’s goals? Why or why not?
Do you want to add some Christmas entries to your journal? Christmas is a magical time of year. Writing about your current and past Christmas seasons is a great way to preserve your memories. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for the Christmas season.
How do you plan to spend the holiday season?
Create a holiday bucket list. Add at least 10 activities.
Describe what Christmas means to you. Go into details.
What Christmas traditions did you have growing up?
Do you still incorporate any of those traditions with your family or friends today? Why?
What new Christmas activities do you plan to try this year? Why?
What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?
What is your favorite Christmas memory as an adult?
What do you feel was your worse Christmas? Why?
Write a letter to Santa Claus. Yes, you as an adult write a letter to Santa.
What is your favorite Christmas song? Why?
What is your favorite Christmas show? Why?
Write an A-to-Z list of everything Christmas-related. It’s harder than you think.
How do you plan to give back to the community this Christmas?
I love the holiday season because______________________. Free write your answer for at least 15 minutes.
What was your best Christmas gift as a child? As an adult?
If you were granted 3 wishes for Christmas, what would you pick? Why?
Have you ever peeked at a Christmas gift for you as a child? Or an adult? What was the gift?
What are you most thankful for this Christmas season?
If you could give a Christmas gift to your community, what would you pick?
Today is the first official day of winter. How does winter add to the Christmas season?
Do you attend church services regularly or attend Christmas related services? How does your spiritual beliefs help you celebrate the Christmas season?
What are you hoping to see over the next couple of days when celebrating Christmas?
Christmas Eve! What do you plan to do?
Merry Christmas! Write about your entire day.
Did you go shopping for the day after Christmas bargains? Or spend the day just relaxing?
Write about your best and worst New Year’s Eve celebrations.
As a child, did you celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family? What did you do?
Write about your Christmas season. List the highs and lows.
A journal is a way to express your feelings, relive memories, or write out detail plans. Whether you use an inexpensive spiral notebook or a leather-bound journal, putting your most inner thoughts on paper is the main goal. Do you need an incentive to get you started? Check out the following list of journal prompts for August.
How was July for you, your family, your work, or your community? List at least 5 high and low points.
What to you hope to accomplish in August?
If you could be any type of animal (wild or domestic), what would you pick Why?
If given the chance, what advice would you give to today’s youth? Why is this important to you?
What is your personal guilty pleasure?
Describe yourself in 3-5 words. Why did you pick these words?
Use 3-5 words to describe yourself for another person’s point of view. Are they the same as you last entry? Why or why not?
Do you believe you have changed since the beginning of the pandemic? Why?
Describe your biggest weaknesses and strengths. Go into detail.
What are your core values?
How do you define success? What is your biggest success story from the last 6 months? Year? 5 years? Lifetime?
What do you want your next success story to be? What steps are you taking to achieve this goal?
Free write for 10 minutes. Remember to time yourself.
What is on the top of your to-do list before summer ends?
How do you currently feel about your physical health, mental health, and spiritual well-being? What are do you need to work on the most?
What went as planned today?
What hobbies would you like to learn? What is keeping you from trying this activity?
What would you do if you won a large sum of money?
Write a mantra for your life?
Do you believe you have a “calling”? What is it? Why do you think this is right for you?
Look at your phone. Pick your 7th image. Write about the photo. Use detail.
Write about your relationship status. Is this where you want to be? Why or why not?
What motivates you?
What is your to-go place to recharge from the daily grind? Why is this place important to you?
Ask yourself, “What steps do I need to take to be kinder to myself?” Make a list.
What can you do to help in your local community to make the world a better place?
Describe your day from the point of view of a stranger.
What adventure would you like to go on? (Yes, you can use a fictional place.)
What negative areas in your life do you need to re-prioritize?
What are your goals for the rest of the year? Why are they important?
June is here, time for a new set of journal-writing prompts. June brings warmer weather, longer days, Father’s Day and much more. Whether you are just starting or been writing for years, each day is a great time to make entries in your journal.
Happy June 1st. How did last month go for you? List your highs and lows for the month.
What are you hoping to accomplish this month? Make a list, add at least 5 items.
How is the pandemic different this year than 2020? Are you getting out more? Have restrictions been lifted in your area?
What are your hopes for the summer for your personal endeavors, family, work, and other commitments?
Create a summer bucket list.
Free write for 15 minutes.
What time of day do you feel most energized? Are you a morning person or a night owl? Why?
If you could interview any entertainer, who would you pick? Why?
Name public figure who inspires you. Why does this person bring you inspiration?
If you could have a superpower, what would you pick? Why?
How are you feeling today? Describe your mood, energy level, and overall well-being.
Describe your dream garden or home.
Do you like speaking in public? Why?
Flag Day! What does the Flag mean to you?
Write about a funny moment from today. Why did this event amuse you?
List past mistakes that turned out to be turning points in your life.
Do you live your life to please yourself or others? Why do you think this way?
Write down your best qualities.
When was the last time you left your comfort zone? What did you do? How did the activity make you feel?
Happy Father’s Day and Happy 1st Day of Summer! Write about your relationship with your father.
What is your favorite childhood memory of your father?
What is your favorite childhood memory of summer?
What is your favorite summer activity as an adult? Why?
Write about summer. Write ten words to describe summer. Next, elaborate on each word.
Describe a recent challenge. How did you handle the situation? Do you feel the challenge is resolved? Why or why not?
What part of your life is more important right now? Work? Family? Relationship? Why?
If money were no object, what 3 things would you get? Why?
Write about your favorite book. Write a review. Or write an alternate ending to the story.
Are you working on your 2021 goals? How are you handling your tasks? Have you crossed any off your list? Why or why not?
What moment from June 2021 do you want to always remember? Go into details.
April is here! Are you finding time to keep up your journal writing? Make writing in your journal a habit. Try to sneak a few minutes out of each day to get your thoughts down on paper (or type on the computer).
Are you ready for new journal writing prompts? Check out the following 30 prompts for journal writing in April.
How did March go for you, your friends, family, work, and home life? Write about your highs and lows of each area of your life.
What do you want to accomplish this month? Make a list of at least 5 goals.
What is your biggest dream for your personal life, work, family, etc.?
Happy Easter! Did you celebrate? Write about your day. How did you celebrate?
Write a gratitude list of at least 10 things.
Start a paragraph with the words, “Happiness is.” Then continue to write at least 2 paragraphs. Or make a list of 10 things.,
Name a person or event that has made the biggest impact on you in the first 3 months of 2021. Explain your choice.
What or who made you laugh today? What happened?
Free write for at least 10 minutes. Or try a new goal of 20 minutes.
What do you do to relieve stress? Why does this help you?
Write about your day from an outside perspective.
Think about all the people you encounter daily. Write down each person’s best characteristic trait that you admire. Then, write down a trait or habit you wish each person would change. Why did you pick these traits?
Who gave you a compliment recently? What were the circumstances leading up to the praise? How did the compliment make you feel?
If you could write a letter to your teenage self, what would you say? Remember the more details the better.
Do you find yourself blaming others for your unhappiness? Who? Why? What can you do to change the situation?
Do you worry about what others think about your personal life, work, family, or friends? Why does this bother you?
If you could hold any job in the world, what would you pick? Why?
What is your worst habit? Why? What can you do to change it?
Make a list of your top best traits. (Yes, there are at least 10).
Write about your day in intervals. What were you doing at 8am? 10am? Noon? 3pm? 5pm? 10pm?
What amazes you about yourself, family, community, friends, or work? Is this a good or bad thing? Why?
Was there a difficult moment in your life that later turned out to be a hidden blessing? Describe the event.
Write about a recent news event. What happened? Why do you feel so strongly about this event?
What do you do to show people you care?
What past decision changed your life?
What song always makes you turn up the radio to sing along? Why?
What is your idea of a good day?
What was your last vivid dream? What do you remember the most about this dream?
What do you hope people will remember you by when you are gone?
Journal writing is a great way to get your thoughts down on paper (or on the computer). Set aside time each day to write. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for February.
The second month of 2021 is here! How did January go for you? Your family? Work? School?
What do you hope to accomplish this month? Try to write down at least 5 goals.
Are you still working on your New Year’s resolutions? Or did you already break them? Go into details.
Are you still facing restrictions due to the pandemic? What are your concerns right now?
What makes you feel safe during this pandemic? Why?
Did you get the vaccine? Why or why not?
Do you plan on watching the Super Bowl tonight? Why or why not? What is your favorite part of the Super Bowl?
What parts of your life would you like to change or make improvements? Why?
Who inspires you at this time in your life? Why?
Free write for at least 10 minutes. Set a timer.
What do you love about your life right now? Work? School? Family? Provide details into each area.
Write down your travel destinations. Write 5 big travel destinations. Then, write down 10 local ones. Why did you pick these?
What was the best part of your day? Why?
Happy Valentine’s Day! How did you spend your day? Did you do something special?
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Why?
What is your best trait? Why?
What are you doing for self-care? Make a list of current self-care routines. Now, add at least 5 more items to try.
Pick a good friend or close family member. Write why this person is so important to you.
Write a letter to someone you admire. (You don’t have to send it)
Write down your 5 favorite songs. Why does each one of these songs mean so much to you?
If you had a chance to act in any movie or television series (current or past), what would you pick? Why?
Write about a time in your life when you felt special or honored?
Write about a random childhood memory.
Write about what you were doing at exactly 1pm. Use extreme details.
Write a review of a local establishment.
Write about a high school memory.
Write about a difficult time in your life. How did you get through it?
What are you looking forward to next week? Next month? For the remainder of the year?
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.
Happy New Year’s Day! How did you spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Did your celebrations go as planned?
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Why or why not?
Write 5 things about the holiday season that you do not want to forget. Go into detail.
Write a good-bye letter to 2020.
What did 2020 teach you about yourself, family, friends, community, and the world?
Write 10 major goals for 2021.
Write 3 minor goals for January.
What are your hopes for 2021 for yourself, family, friends, community, and the world? Provide details.
What is your favorite quote? Why does this quote bring you inspiration? Do you have a new quote for 2021?
What is your favorite time of day? Why?
Free write for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to set a timer.
What made you laugh today? Why was this moment funny?
Create a blessing or gratitude list. Try to list at least 10 things.
What small acts can you do in 2021 to make the world a better place?
What new thing would you like to try in 2021?
In what ways would you like to improve your life in 2021?
Create a local bucket list. For example, visiting small businesses or order take out from individually owned establishments can be part of your list.
Using 5 words, describe yourself. Be positive. Be kind to yourself. Why did you pick these 5 words?
Pick one word to describe 2020. Now pick another word to describe 2021. Why did you pick these two words?
Pick a book title for your life. Yes, this can be a totally made-up title. Why did you pick this title?
What songs bring you inspiration? Why?
Write about a loved one who has passed.
Describe your neighbors in detail.
If you could own a business, what would you do? Why?
List 3 of your favorite television shows. Why do you like these programs?
Describe your day in detail.
What is the most stressful thing in your life right now? What are you doing to combat the stress? Can you change the situation?
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.
Write a book review.
What you like to change about yourself? Be realistic.
What were the high and low points of January 2021?