When reading self-help books, or even devotionals, the topic of keeping a daily journal is often discussed and suggested. However, putting this practice into a daily routine is another step entirely. While I suggest adding journaling to both of your morning and evening routine,
I do not want to merely leave you with prompts, or a suggestion of starting yet another habit, but also a quick recap on how you personally
could benefit from such a practice.
7 Reasons Why You Should Start A Daily Journaling Practice
1. It releases anxiety, by fostering mindfulness
2. It assists you in achieving your goals
3. It boosts memory and allows you to reflect upon your day
4. It increases self-discipline
5. It can be used as a part of your healing process
6. It increases your creativity
7. It makes you a better writer
There are many different techniques of journaling, so I suggest that you experiment with as many of them as possible in order for you
to find your best fit. Here are some ideas on what type of journaling you may enjoy
Types of Journaling
1. Reflective journaling and memory keeping
2. Gratitude journaling
3. Devotional journaling, or journaling as a part of your spiritual practice
4. One line per day journaling
5. Guided journaling (like using pre-written prompts, such as the ones I am providing for you today)
6. Art journaling – drawing, or using a guided, yet creative journal outlet such as “Wreck This Journal”
Journal Prompts To Get You Started:
- What is one word you would use to describe yourself with? Why?
- What is the one word that you would use to describe your childhood as? Why?
- What words would you love to describe yourself with? Choose empowering words, and explain why for each of them?
- Do you follow a gratitude practice? Why or why not?
- Do you practice meditation? Why or why not?
- What irritates you most about other people? Why?
- Read yesterday’s entrance. Write about a time where you did the same exact behavior that you found annoying in others?
- List three behaviors in yourself, that you think others might find annoying? Do you find them annoying? If yes, think about
changing them in yourself, if not, think about opportunities you can find to embrace that behavior with love in others.
- Sit up straight, look straight ahead and smile into the space in front of you. Do this for five seconds. How did that make you feel?
- Make a list of times or places where you could smile more today. Throughout the day, do so at those times and places.
- Make a list of people who would benefit from a loving smile – you don’t have to know their name, you can write things like, the postman,
or the girl at the check out counter. Make a point to smile at these people when you see them.
- Wouldn’t it be nice if everything that happens to you today, would have some kind of benefit for you? Journal about the way this
question makes you feel
- What are three things that happened during your lifetime, that you need to forgive yourself for? Why haven’t you?
- What do you think about when you hear the word forgiveness – does it make you uncomfortable? Why or why not?
- What are some habits that you could or should let go off?
- What action steps can you take today to get rid of a bad habit? Take that action step!
- Evaluate yourself. Make a list of the various areas of your life, such as home, work, family, church, friends, clubs, hobbies, and so forth.
- Identify the people in each category who are the most important in your life right now. You don’t have to feel close to these people (such as a landlord), but list those who figure prominently. You can also name people you don’t know personally if they have a big influence on you. These people, for one reason or another, are people you have chosen to bring into your life.
- For each person, identify what you think are beliefs characteristics of that person that are beliefs you also hold. How do the two of you support each other in these beliefs? For each person, also identify what you think are beliefs characteristics of that person that are in conflict with one or more of your beliefs. How do these disagreements affect your relationship, what you discuss, the things you do, and how you support or not support each other?
- Now ask what would happen if you changed any of the beliefs you share with them. Would your relationship be affected, or would you lose their support? Are there beliefs you would change if you didn’t fear to lose their support? How would a change in your beliefs affect those relationships where you and the person have conflicting beliefs?
- If you could change any of your current beliefs, what would it be? To hold that belief, what would you have to do that is different from what you are doing now? Did you identify any people above who hold the belief you are working toward or wishing to change? In what ways are they supporting you in this change? Have things occurred recently where you have drawn people to you who are supportive of your desire to change, grow, and learn?
- How do you choose to define yourself?
- What are your weaknesses, and what can you do to change them?
- What are your strengths, and how can you build on them?
- Are you afraid to step into your power? What is holding you back?
- Are your boundaries respected? If not, why? If so, how do you enforce them?
- Can you assert yourself when you need to?
- Do you expect that every day something good can and will happen to you, or for you? If not, why not?
- Where do you spend your most time – the future, the present or the past? If you are not sure, ask yourself that question throughout
the day, and write the answer down in the evening.
- What practices can you adopt, that will focus you more onto the present moment?
- Do you eat mindfully? Meaning – do you pay attention to the food that you are eating, as you are eating it, without distractions?
- When was the last time you sat in silence – even for a small period of time – and just listened?
- Write about a time where you were really proud of yourself? What happened?
My Favorite Journal:
My current favorite journal (and that does change from time to time, as I discover more and more awesome Authors in this genre) is called Gratitude: A Day and Night Reflection Journal. I love the fact that it has two pages for reach day, and while it has prompts, it does have room to write your own short thoughts about the day as well. The soft colored pages, are well designed, and the paper is of high quality, so there is no need to switch from your favorite pen when writing in it. It is a 90-Day undated journal – and I have to say, that is one of the main qualifications a great journal has to have for me, as I do not like to be forced to wait until the beginning of a new season or new year to start a new journal.