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?
Are you looking forward to October? Chilly evenings are a perfect time to write in your journal. Whether you are just beginning or have been writing in a journal for years, check out the following journal writing prompts for October.
How did September go for you, your family, friends, co-workers, school, community, etc.?
What are you hoping to achieve this month?
Are you still experiencing the effects of the pandemic in your area?
Are you religious? How would you describe your spirituality?
List 5 skills you want to learn in your lifetime. What steps are you taking to learn these new skills?
Free write for a minimum of 10 minutes or longer.
Close your eyes. Count to 5. Look to your right. Open your eyes. Write about the first object you see.
When you visualize the future, what do you see for yourself, family friends, work, etc.?
What are your top priorities in your life right now? Why?
Write a letter to your future self.
Describe your life in 10 words. Why did you pick those words?
Do you believe you are a good friend? Why?
How do you cope with stressful situations?
Describe your day in detail.
The best part of today was ________.
The worst part of today was ___________.
Write a personal manifesto for living a fulfilled life.
What is your main worry or fear that always seems to stay with you? What steps are you taking to ease this situation?
Who is your oldest friend? How did you meet? How come you have been friends this long?
If you decide to write a book, what genre would you pick? Why?
Write a review of your favorite restaurant, book, or movie.
My favorite fall activity is________.
Describe a past role model who made an impact on your life.
Describe a current role model.
What kind of business or organization would you like to start? What is holding you back?
If you could live inside of any novel, what storyline would you pick? Why?
What do you believe is lacking from your life right now? What can you do to change it?
Are you looking forward to the upcoming holiday season? Why or why not?
What do you hope to accomplish in the remaining months of 2021?
Keeping a journal is an excellent way to record daily interactions, emotions, or memories. Do you need some inspiration to get you started? Whether you have been keeping a journal for 10 years or just starting, here are 31 journal writing prompts for May.
Welcome to May! What are your goals for the month?
What were your highs and lows for April?
What is your most, “what if” moment?
What is a compliment some gave you that you will never forget? Why was this interaction so important to you?
What inspires you?
Make a list of facts about yourself. Set a goal for 20 entries.
Write what you are feeling right now.
What made you smile today? Why?
Happy Mother’s Day! (USA) Did you celebrate? What did you do?
Write about your mother or motherly figure in your life.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do? Why?
What hot topic do you feel strongly about right now? Why?
Free write for at least 10 minutes.
Write a priority list on 5 areas of your life you need to focus.
What do you hope to be doing in a year, 5 years, 10 years, etc.
It is Sunday! How did you spend your day? Provide details.
What is prevent you from perusing your dreams? Can you change the obstacle?
If you had to describe yourself to a total stranger, what would you say? Be positive.
Write about your spiritual beliefs? How have they changed over the years?
How are you bettering yourself? Your family? Work? Home?
Write a letter to yourself. Forgive past mistakes.
What activity from your childhood brought you complete joy? Why?
How have you changed in the last year? 2 years? 5 years? 10 years?
If you knew today was your last day on Earth, what would you do? Why?
If you could talk to anyone who is no longer a live, who would you pick? Why?
Write about your day from an outside perspective.
Are you happy in current relationship? What do you need change or improve?
Sit outside. Write down everything you hear. How do the sounds make you feel? Why?
What were you doing 7am, 11am, 1pm, and 6 pm?
What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
What do hope to accomplish in the last 6 months of 2021?