I have seen my life completely transform through journaling. It’s an incredible way to get all of your thoughts out onto paper, and I really believe that the benefits of journaling are limitless.
One of my favorite times to journal is in the morning. After I make my coffee, I sit down outside or in my kitchen and start writing.
But the one problem with journaling that a lot of people seem to have is this - what do I write? When I feel like I need a little bit of inspiration, I always turn back to three simple journal prompts that help you start your day right.
Let’s jump right into the prompts!
1. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for.
This prompt is one of my favorites, and it really is because of how simple it is. I have had people tell me in the past, “I don’t know what to write, I don’t know what I’m grateful for.”
To answer that question, I always tell them to just look around them.
Start with the most obvious things, like your ability to walk, breathe, smile, see, etc. When you turn to your senses, it’s a great starting place for gratitude, because these things are never promised.
If that doesn’t work for you, try thinking of people who mean a lot to you in life - or maybe even pets! When I first started gratitude journaling, I must have written my dog’s name a hundred times.
Over time, it gets easier to think of things!
2. If I want to go to bed feeling happy with how the day went, what would I be doing right now?
This is an interesting prompt for a few reasons. I came up with it a while back when I needed to find a way to motivate myself right in the morning.
This prompt will invite you to 1) identify what your ideal day would look like and 2) figure out what fulfillment looks like to you.
When I start writing about this one, I always mention going for a walk and eating something healthy. The idea here is to give yourself something achievable to do. If you write down a map of how exactly you want your day to look like, you might let yourself down (if something comes up and derails your plan, which we all know happens a lot in life!)
So, think of something small but meaningful you can do today that will leave you feeling good about yourself - then, try to do it!
By doing this prompt in the morning, you’re already beginning to think about ways you can feel happy that day.
3. How can I work towards one of my life goals today?
I always like to throw in a goal-setting prompt, because I really do find them so helpful! By asking yourself how you can work towards one of your goals, you are going to go into the day with that goal on your mind.
For example, one of my goals is to start my own brand/business. In order to make this happen, I created a breakdown of small tasks I can do every day to help move that goal along.
I might wright down, “To work towards my goal of owning my own brand/business, I will continue to work on my business plan today.” Boom, it can be that simple!
Remember to make sure that whatever you write down is achievable though, because if you set your sights too high, you risk the chance of demotivating yourself. Slow progress is still progress!
I really hope that you enjoy these prompts and that they bring you some value! Time to go do mine now. :)