Pick about 7 topics below and journal on one per day. If you can think of other journaling topics make a comment below and we will add them to our journaling topic list.
Write about what is most important to you.
- mentors, miracles, money, movies, music, my favourite…
- nature, negative thinking
- projects, parents, parties, partners, passions the past, peaks and valleys, people,
- pet peeves, personal growth, pets, photos, places, poetry, potential & possibilities
- prizes and rewards, purpose
- relationships, religion/spirituality, responsibility, romance
- schooling, secrets, service, shame, shopping, solitude, sports, struggle, successes, synchronicities
- talents, technology, time, toys, truth, turning points, travel
- values, weight, wisdom, work
And if you want here are more journaling topics.
Stuck on what to journal about? Try these prompts.
Prompts stimulate more of the logical, rational, organized left brain. Turn them into questions to simulate more of the open ended, creative, right brain. Complete one or more of these prompts daily and watch your life change. Draw out your own inner wisdom. Do questions or prompts work better for you? Let us know by commenting below.
- For what problems must I ask for solutions?
- What are the needs/desires of my boss, partner, family or God for me?
- I have negative, judgmental or limiting thoughts around …
- What key choices am I ready to make?
- How do I control rather than trust?
- How can I create another or larger income stream?
- I can enhance my inter-personal skills by …
- Relationships I want to develop are …
- How can I increase my overall abundance?
- I want to learn more about …
- I want more of ….
- I want less of …
- I can be more productive and effective by …
- What can I do to increase balance in my life?
- My best experience today was …
- My worst experience today was …
- What are my main daily motives?
- Three areas in my life I want to recommit to are …
And if you want, here are more journaling prompts.
There are no rules when it comes to journaling. You can use a flexible, 3 ring binder, a smaller coil or hard cover journal, recipe cards or a mobile device like a cell phone or tablet.
- I always use a ‘nerdish’ BIC 4 color pen and use colors to emphasize, summarize, emotionalize, editorialize and prioritize.
- When you journal online you can have privacy, a file structure and it is searchable.
- I believe hand writing draws out a deeper connection and emotion compared to typing.
- Even if you get 5 to 20 minutes of private, quality time pull out my journal. You can also have at your fingertips multiple processes and tools to make the most of that time.
- Have a list of journal topics or powerful questions that guide you in what to journal about right now, or what is important in the next week or month. I always have a few quick exercises that greatly enhance my overall awareness, clarity and motivation.
- No ideas are lost, and they are easily synthesized and prioritized. My multi-dimensional ‘To Do’ list helps me manage the big picture, short term and immediate needs. I maintain my sanity as it helps me with organizing my virtual assistants, clients, projects, teaching, coaching and writing.
- Do no miss writing down an idea, synchronicity or deep inner urge. I have even used a waterproof whiteboard in the shower and recipe cards in the wash room, by my bedside and in my pocket.
- If you get stuck without a journal at a restaurant, use the paper placemat or napkins as your journal.
- Always have the first pages of your journal as an index of its contents and you can keep adding important insights to it so they are easily found.
- With today’s advancing and portable technology, instead of having a Journal, it’s so easy to have a word file in a ‘cloud’ that you access with a cell phone, tablet, laptop and desktop.
- I have many one word or short phrase journaling tools that work well on my cell. Once a month, I would consolidate my thoughts from my journals and the cloud into one master, searchable and indexed word file.
- In your wallet or purse have many journaling triggers in small print on double-sided business cards. Never be stuck without a way to stretch your thinking.
- Collect various lists and sets of smart questions to trigger in-depth writing and contemplating.
- Often I just use blank page journaling to get started.
- I love my review of the week as I consolidate action items, insights and ideas onto a page as that triggers more great insights, integration and follow through.
- Create a ritual such as having a coffee, sitting in the sun. lighting a candle, saying a short prayer or mantra. this sets up a strong intention for creative or deep results.
- Try different journaling tools to see which ones work for you. Do you need more organizational support or more intuitive insights? Our Journal book helps you define your journaling style and the tools that work best for you.
Leave us a comment on unique ways you use your journal.
Set an intention to create more levels of distinction in your journaling so you describe your world not just in black and white, but through a full spectrum of greys and colours. This will help you really get to the source of what’s going on in your life.
Use your imagination and stretch your thinking in your journaling. Make more connections in your mind. Capture more of who you are on paper.
Get the feel of catching thoughts as they come to you and get them onto paper as quickly as you can. This isn’t as simple as it sounds. Your mind is processing 60,000 thoughts a day! The more you can have fun with this process, the more successful it will be.
Journaling unlocks the power to enlighten almost any situation in our lives. So please MAKE THE TIME to do it! Protect a certain time each day. Get others to help you protect that time.
To me journaling is about going deeper into myself. Listening and understanding at new levels. Seeing myself from different perspectives. As we release habitual thinking patterns, we free up space for new thoughts to arise.
Take heart — you are learning how you think and intuit!