121 Journal prompts for self discovery
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121 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

Are you familiar with journal prompts? To put it simply journal prompts are just a way to knowing yourself better.

It often involves writing simple statements that offer you suggestions and ideas to get past a mental block. It is a superb way of inspiring yourself into taking action.

There isn’t really a fixed definition for journal prompts but for me it is a great tool for self-questioning, giving myself some pep-talk when I’m down and out as well as using it to just observe things or situations.

Other than that you can use journal prompts in your daily routine to be more organized and plan things ahead.

How are journal prompts effective?

Tool for bad days: I think all of us have days when nothing seems to work out. No matter what we do we simply can’t progress. During such bad days or such times, journal prompts are the best tool you can have.

Self-questioning: Whether you have too many things in your platter or just stuck with one particular problem, journal prompts allows you to self-question and tweak the problem and analyze it from a different angle.

Motivation: Use journal prompts to give you some much needed motivation whenever you feel bogged down or just experience a sense of gloominess.

Writing: Journal prompts could also be your first step towards becoming a better writer. If you are interested in writing I would recommend you to start with journal prompts.

Observe your thoughts: Most of our though process is fleeting and come to us in fragments. Journal prompts help in observing your thoughts and create a record of any ideas or inspirations that you may have.

Journaling is perhaps the best ways to realize your potential and the best place to start is with journal prompts.

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Journal Prompts Ideas

Here is an exhaustive list of journal prompts ideas you can use in your daily routine these will improve your overall productivity and help you to shape your thoughts.

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Write about your dreams

  • What does your dream life look like?
  • Where do you want to be 10 or 15 years from now?
  • Your dream career
  • Write about the places you want to see
  • How much money you wish to save?
  • What does your future home look like?
  • How do you see your future family life?
  • Make a bucket list of all your wishes

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 Write about your future life

  • List your top three short term goals.
  • List your top three long term goals.
  • Do you need to have a plan?
  • Outline a rough action plan for your future

 Write about your Present

  • How is your present life? Like your daily routine
  • Is there something you would change?
  • How happy are you now?
  • How can you improve your present life?
  • Any good habits you would like to begin?
  • Write about your friends, your co-workers, your family or any other person relevant to your life.Any life skills you want to learn?
  • Any hobby you have?
  • Any pets you keep. If yes, how does having a pet affect your life?
  • Write note worthy things about your mother, father and sibling(s)
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Write about yourself

  • Describe yourself as a person.
  • What do you love most about yourself?
  • Which are the areas you need to improve upon?
  • Write about your fears and insecurities
  • Do you worry a lot?
  • How often do you make time yourself?
  • How do you pamper yourself?
  • How do you cope up with your fears?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What makes you sad?
  • What triggers your anger?
  • Best qualities
  • What do you first notice in a person?

Reflective Questions

  • What are 5 things you’re grateful for?
  • Do you have self-doubts? What are those?
  • Are doubts affecting your progress?
  • How often you dream about your dream life?
  • How focused and distracted are you?
  • How can you limit your distractions and step-up your productivity?
  • How can you improve your weekends to have a productive week?
  • Do you have a work-life balance? If not, what can you do to improve the situation?
  • How can you make your life simple and fulfilling?
  • What make you feel more alive?
  • When are you most at peace?
  • Write down your top 5 goals for this year.
  • What’s the biggest lesson you learned in past 5 years?
  • How others would describe you as a person?
  • What qualities do you search in your soul-mate?
  • What qualities do you want in a friend?
  • Do you have toxic people in your life? Are they affecting your progress If yes, how do plan to tackle them?
  • How do you deal with your emotions?
  • How easy is it for you to forgive someone who hurt you?
  • How sorted is your life right now? What emotion you feel the most?  
  • If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?
  • What you really want to do but haven’t tried due to the fear of failure?
  • If money weren’t an issue where would you be right now?
  • Is there anything you are looking forward to?
  • What is a perfect day for you?

Reflect upon past week/month

  • How fulfilling has been the past week/month?
  • Did you set any weekly/monthly goals?? If yes, where you able to achieve those?
  • Did you make any mistakes?
  • What did you learn this week/month?
  • Is there anything would have done differently?
  • Name 3 good/funny incidents that happened
  • Most enjoyable activity this week/month
  • Did you procrastinate on tasks?
  • Did you take proper care of your health and diet?

Turning points in your life

  • When you passed school, college or university
  • First job
  • First time living independently
  • First salary
  • First house
  • First vehicle
  • First love/crush
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  • Your most happiest moment
  • The moment when you were most disappointed and/or sad
  • Most scariest moment
  • Any moments when you were pleasantly surprised
  • Most funniest/memorable moments

Make Lists of all your favourite things

  • Your favourite food
  • Favourite restaurants
  • Your favourite holiday destinations
  • Your inspirations
  • Favourite songs and movies
  • Favourite books
  • Favourite Memories
  • Your favourite activity
  • Your favourite dress, style and hairstyle
  • Your favourite colour
  • A daily routine you look forward to
  • A favourite hobby
  • Holidays and festivals you love
  • Favourite websites and apps

 Write about your Past

  • Write about your childhood
  • Any advice to your younger self. “Dear younger me”
  • Write about your school life
  • Your childhood friends.
  • Any regrets you have, anything you would have done differently

Your best childhood memories

  • Your earliest memories
  • Your favourite cartoon character
  • Your favourite teacher
  • Best moments with your family
  • Your favorite toy and games
  • Your first friend
  • Favourite relative
  • Your favorite subject
  • Your aim in life when you were in school

Write letters

  • Write letters to people you are too hesitant to confront
  • Things you would say to your friends, family or colleagues that you can never tell them to their face.
  • Write a letter your pet
  • Write a letter to someone you are hesitant to forgive
  • Write a letter to someone you are really grateful to
  • Write letters to people who believe in you, love you and support you
  • Write letters to people you dislike or can’t get along with


  • I never told anyone that I..
  • I would really like to..
  • I once..
  • I have been..
  • No one knows that I am
  • I really don’t like to
  • I would rather
  • I hate to….
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Write letters for your future family

  • Write letter to your future self.. “Dear Future Self..”
  • Write letters to your future life-partner
  • Write letters to your children and grandchildren these will help them to understand you better.

Visual Prompts: Using imagery for journal prompts can be really effective.

  • Whenever you are browsing internet or going through magazines or newspapers collect images which catch your eye and seem powerful to you.
  • Write down why you were affected by a particular image.

Quote Prompts: Just like images whenever you find any quotes that catch your eye, write it down and say how were you affected by that particular quote

Tip: Both images and quotes are powerful means to inspire yourself.

Parting Thoughts

Journaling is an amazing way of evolving as a person. There are things and emotions we have buried deep within us, which we might not even be aware of. Journaling helps you to dig those out and makes you more alert and responsive as an individual.

In many ways it aids you in realizing your potential, helps you to weed out things that are toxic and distractive to your growth.

If you want to start journaling I would really urge to start with prompts. Again you are most welcome to bookmark this article and feel free to use it wherever you are in a pensive mood or need to find some inspiration within yourself.

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