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.
When people think of February, Valentine’s Day often comes to mind. Celebrated yearly on February 14th, Valentine’s Day focuses on love. Whether you single, married for 50 years, or somewhere in between, Valentine’s Day can stir up a lot of emotions. Use the following writing prompts to explore your memories and thoughts surrounding Valentine’s Day.
On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, are you single, married, living with someone, or looking? Is this where you want to be? Why?
What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day?
What is your definition of love?
Who is the love of your life?
Did you hand out Valentine’s Day as a child?
Did your parents celebrate Valentine’s Day? What did they do?
Describe your ideal date for Valentine’s Day.
In a relationship, how are you making this Valentine’s Day special?
How do you feel when you receive a Valentine’s Day card, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, or other gifts?
If money were not an object (or the pandemic), where would you like to spend Valentine’s Day? Why?
Who was your first date? Where did you go? What did you do?
Who was your first kiss? Describe the experience.
Did you date in high school? Why or why not?
Did you marry your high school or college sweetheart? Why or why not?
Are you currently married? How did your significant-other purpose to you?
Describe your wedding.
Are you single? Is this a lifestyle choice? Why or why not?
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?
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.
How did last month go for you? Write about your highs and lows for November.
Write down 10 things you hope to accomplish in December.
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.
How has the pandemic changed your daily routine?
Free write for 10 minutes. Set a timer and just let your thoughts flow.
What one day from your past would you like to relive again? Why? Go into details.
What major change would you like to implement in your life? What is stopping you from achieving your goal?
What anxieties do you have about the future?
What was the best part of your day today? Why?
What was your biggest challenge or obstacle today? Why?
What activity do you do to relieve stress?
Go outdoors. Memorize what you see. Go back in and write the scene. Remember to focus on your five senses as you write.
What were you doing at 11 am? Go into details.
Write a book or product review.
Write about a difficult time in your life. How did you get through it?
What does your dream home look like? Go into details.
Write about your day from the point of view of your dog or cat.
Write a restaurant or small business review.
What is one thing you want to do right now but can’t?
Write a letter to your future self.
Write about your extended family, your grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
Describe the view out your window. If it’s dark, write about the night.
Write about your best Christmas as a child.
Christmas Eve–Write about your day.
Merry Christmas! How did you spend the holiday?
What did you learn the most in 2020?
Write a list of at least 10 things you want to personally accomplish in 2021.
Write a list of at least 10 things you want to accomplish as a family or at your place of employment
Write a bucket list for 2021.
What are you hoping for in 2021?
What are your final thoughts for the last day of 2020?
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.
What does the Christmas season mean to you? Go into detail.
What is your favorite part of Christmas? Why?
How does your religious belief fit into your Christmas traditions?
What religious traditions do you practice or attend? A live nativity? A midnight outdoor service?
How will this Christmas season be different?
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.
What Christmas stands out the most to you?
What are your favorite types of Christmas decorations in your home? Yard? or Community? What?
What Christmas traditions did you love as a child? Do you still practice them? Why or why not?
What smells remind you the most of the Christmas season? Why?
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?
What is your favorite Christmas song? Why does this song remind you of the Christmas season?
Finish the sentence. Today I was put in the Christmas season by_____________.
What foods, candy, or other treats remind you the most of Christmas time?
Are you to drive around and look at Christmas lights? What was your favorite? Why did this display stand out the most?
Is there any new Christmas tradition you plan to do?
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why?
What is your favorite Christmas cartoon? Why?
What one new thing did you do, watch, or bake this Christmas season?
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?
What do you plan to bake or purchase as part of your Christmas celebrations? Why did you make these choices?
Are you ready for your Christmas celebrations? What last minute things do you need to do to prepare?
Christmas Eve—write about your celebrations.
Merry Christmas! Write about your day.
Did your Christmas celebrations go as planned?
What are your hopes for next Christmas?
What was your biggest challenge celebrating Christmas during a pandemic?
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.
How did the month of July go for you? Did you learn anything new about yourself? Your family?
What are you looking forward to accomplishing in August? Make a detailed list.
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.
What plans did you have to give up this summer due to the pandemic? What was your alternative?
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?
What is your biggest hope for your children for the upcoming school year?
What is your best school memory?
What was your favorite subject in school? Why?
Who was your favorite teacher? Why did this person make such an impact on you?
Are you still in touch with your childhood friends? Why or why not?
Did you go to football games, school dances, or other after school activities? What was your favorite one? Why?
Did you participate in sports or other after school activities? What did you learn from the experience?
Do you miss anything about your school days? Why or why not?
Write about the most memorable summer vacation from childhood? Why is this one different from the rest?
Did you go to college? Write about attending your first college class.
What are your plans to celebrate the end of summer?
If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Why?
List 10 things you want to accomplish before the end of the year.
Think about a famous person you would like to meet. Who did you pick? Why did you choose this person?
Describe your entire day. Go into great detail.
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?
Write down one thing that made you smile today.
What is your one bad habit? What can you do to change this particular behavior?
What are your best attributes? Try to list at least 5, ten would be better.
What craft or hobby would you like to learn? What is the biggest obstacle?
Middle of the week-free write for 15 minutes.
If you could write a book, what would the storyline be? What is stopping you from writing your first novel?
Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans?
Describe one thing that brought you complete joy from this last week, month, and today.
What were you doing at 11 am, 2 pm, 7 pm? Describe each time slot with great detail.
What are you looking forward to doing in September?