The Best Journal Prompts to Inspire Creativity

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There are many well established benefits of writing in a journal and everyone should start journaling right now. Journaling improves your self-reflection skills. Journaling helps you unplug and de-stress. Journaling cultivates your creativity. Journaling makes you happier. Those new to the pleasures of journaling often wonder what to write in their journal. We’ve assembled a list of our favorite journaling prompts to help you get started or find some new inspiration.

Writing Prompts

  1. What do you want to learn more about?
  2. If you could only accomplish three things today, what would they be? Setting priorities is a valuable everyday practice.
  3. What do you want to try that you have never done before?
  4. Are you excited or scared about your future? What exactly are you excited/scared about?
  5. Where would you travel if you had unlimited money and time and no responsibilities?
  6. One of my favorite ways to spend a day is…
  7. What thoughts or memories always bring tears to your eyes?
  8. How can you surpass your own standards tomorrow? What are ways you can exceed what you plan to accomplish?
  9. A good prompt for when you feel like you need to calm yourself before going to sleep. Outline your bedtime routine, write about how relaxed you feel, and how comfortable you will feel once you are in your bed.
  10. Describe what you dreamed about last night.
  11. What are your pet peeves?
  12. If you could be any animal, which do you choose and why?
  13. If you had unlimited money, what gifts would you give to the people you appreciate in your life?
  14. What did you learn today?
  15. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Why?
  16. Do you consider yourself to be more spontaneous or calculated? Would you like to be more of one or the other?
  17. What is the best aspects of your life?
  18. Has a task weighed on your mind lately? Form a plan to prioritize and complete as soon as possible.
  19. What are the goals that you want to accomplish in the next week, month, year?
  20. What was your favorite childhood toy? Why?
  21. What tasks you keep rescheduling that you could simply cross off your list altogether? If you keep not getting it done, it might not be important to you.
  22. What apps on your phone do you use most? How do they add to your life? What apps do you use a lot but consider to be a time sink? Could you delete them?
  23. Make a list of everything that is making you feel stressed and anxious. Then throw it away or burn it.
  24. What are you looking forward to today?
  25. Make a list of questions that you really want to find answers to.
  26. What can you declutter mentally or physically?
  27. Write down a few recent memories that made you smile which you would probably forget.
  28. Describe a decision that changed your life forever
  29. Does spending time alone or with other people drain you of energy? Does it depend?
  30. What is something that you others knew about you but don’t?
  31. What are some compliments you have wanted to give someone but have been too afraid to?
  32. Are you content with your current life? If not, what do you need to change?
  33. Write down everything you can think of to describe your dream life. Where do you live? What are you doing? What have you accomplished? Just let the ideas flow.
  34. Which fictional character would you most like to meet and why? journal writing prompts
  35. What’s one topic you need to understand better to live a more fulfilling life?
  36. What is causing you stress right now?
  37. Which behaviors would you like to change?
  38. What is something that you need to begin saying yes to and why?
  39. What is one thing that you’d like to have changed by this time next year?
  40. What are ways that you would like to help improve your community?
  41. What would you do differently today if you had the chance? Be positive and don’t beat yourself up about it. Rather, identify where you can improve and be better in the future.
  42. Who in your life do you want to spend more time with? How could do that?
  43. What is a big goal that has intimidated you? What is the simplest, smallest step you can take that will move you closer to that goal?
  44. I couldn’t dream of living without…
  45. Draw an imaginary constellation.  Write a story about it.
  46. Choose an affirmation that feels appropriate and write it ten times while saying it out loud.
  47. What is your favorite hobby?  How can you make more time for it?
  48. What would you do if you were invisible? 
  49. Write about your first love whether a person, a place, or an activity.
  50. What part of your life could be more organized? For example, your closet, your garage, your photos, your schedule, etc. When will you have time to devote to working on that?
  51. What is the best compliment that someone could give you?
  52. List three new habits that you want to add to your daily routine
  53. Three things I am looking forward to this month
  54. What do you need to forgive yourself for? Write it down, leave it in the past, and look to the future.
  55. Write about when you struggled to decide and made the right choice.
  56. Describe your relationship with your phone or other technologies in your life.
  57. What are you most afraid of?
  58. Write about a moment experienced through your senses. Leave out thought and emotion, and describe through the body and senses.
  59. What is something you want to do but have been too afraid to try? Maybe you are inflating that fear? How can you overcome your fear?
  60. What are some things you do simply because you feel it is what you are supposed to do? Are those things truly worth doing?
  61. How do you feel when you exercise? Describe the rush of endorphins you feel, and the satisfaction of completing a workout. This can help whenever you need a little extra motivation to exercise.
  62. What are your biggest mistakes and what have you learned from them?
  63. It is said that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Who are those people and what characteristics do you think you have adopted from them?
  64. Make a list of things that you are passionate about and brainstorm ways to make money off from those things.
  65. What is something that pushes you beyond your comfort zone in a good way? How could you do more of that?
  66. List what you grateful for today
  67. Two moments in my life I will never forget are… Describe those moments in detail including why they are so unforgettable.
  68. Who is the historical figure that you would most like to talk to?  What would you want to talk about? 
  69. What makes you feel relaxed and content?
  70. How would you describe your current mood? List songs that embody your mood.
  71. Write about what inspires you — whether it be people, books, videos, art, or quotes.
  72. What do you find most surprisingly about your life?
  73. What are your favorite things in your closet? On the other hand, what are some items you find yourself rarely wearing?
  74. Make a travel bucket list. Describe the things you would like to see and do in each place.
  75. What do you feel about someone that you wish you could tell them? Write how you might tell them.
  76. What law would you like to see enacted or abolished? Why? 
  77. Who do you appreciate? How can you tell them why you appreciate them?
  78. What is something you are involved with (such as a side project, hobby, or volunteering) that doesn’t feel like work at all? Why do you think you feel that way?
  79. If your body could talk, what would it say?
  80. What do you feel you are an expert on? Maybe you can talk for hours about your favorite band, a hobby, or other subject. Recognize your expertise!
  81. Write to someone in your life describing what you appreciate about them.
  82. What traits in other people bother or annoy you? How can you make sure you don’t express those same traits?
  83. What are some skills or topics that you have always wanted to learn?
  84. What don’t you want to do today? Write how it won’t be as bad as you expect be and how you’ll feel once you finish.
  85. What are three things that you excel at?
  86. What opportunities that recently have come up that you are grateful for? How did you did you take advantage of those opportunities?
  87. What is a goal that you are currently working toward and who can help you with it? How could you ask for their help?
  88. What do you currently desire? (a physical object, an opportunity, an experience, whatever it is) Be clear on why you want it.
  89. If you could rule the world, what things would you change?
  90. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?
  91. Where would you go if you could travel for free to anyplace in the world? 
  92. List the three traits you like most about yourself
  93. Do you prefer to be indoors or outdoors? It may depend so list when you prefer one and when you prefer the other.
  94. How do you describe your fashion style? This could help you focus when shopping!
  95. What did you do today that you never done before?
  96. List 10 things that make you happy.
  97. How do you relax and refresh yourself?
  98. Write a letter to yourself 5 years in the future. Tell future you about your life now and the dreams you hope to reach in 5 years.
  99. What are some challenges you are facing and how could you start to overcome them?
  100. Who can you encourage today? What should you say to them?
  101. Imagine yourself in a different time period and location and describe your life.
  102. What is your favorite season?  Why? 
  103. What was the last thing that you tried for the first time? How did it make you feel?
  104. What is a challenge that you recently overcame that you deserve credit for?
  105. Write about what you didn't do this week.
  106. What are some aspects of your life that you beat yourself up over? Write down some statements accepting of where you currently are in your life.
  107. Describe what unconditional love means to you.
  108. Describe yourself in one sentence.
  109. Some words I strive to live by are…
  110. What motivates and gets you pumped up? A quote, a song, an inspirational video?
  111. Make a list of things you are grateful for. The power of gratitude cannot be overstated and include as many things you can think of.
  112. What lessons did you learn in this past week? It is helpful to write them down, no matter how small they may be, so you can refer to them later.
  113. How could you spend quality time with family and friends in the upcoming weeks? Brainstorm some ideas and work on scheduling them.
  114. What do you want to do better tomorrow?
  115. What would be your dream place to live? Urban or rural? What kind of house or apartment?
  116. What do you think you are missing? and how can you get it?
  117. What do you regret most about your life?
  118. How can you love yourself a little more each day?
  119. How do you wish people would describe you?
  120. Who is inspires you right now and how?
  121. What were you most proud of this week?
  122. What are some privileged aspects of your life that sometimes you take for granted? Write about them to appreciate them more.
  123. What is your favorite book?  Why do you like it?  Did the book change you in any way? 
  124. What would you be willing to fight and even die for? 
  125. What are some habits you would like to integrate into your life? Why would those habits improve your life and how can you get started?
  126. When during the day do you feel most productive? When are you most motivated? How could you organize your day to be more efficient?
  127. When do you feel like you are too much in a hurry? How could you slow down and enjoy it more?
  128. What would you with an extra $1 million? 
  129. What is the person (living or deceased) that you would most like to be able to have dinner with? Why?
  130. What are you currently avoiding that would help you achieve your goals?
  131. Describe a way you’ve recently supported a friend.
  132. If I could talk to my younger self, the one piece of advice I would give is…
  133. Write about a day that you would like to forget or do differently.  
  134. Write a letter to a person in your life that drains you of energy.  Avoid excessive negativity - simply say goodbye to them and commit yourself to spend more time with people who give you positive energy.
  135. Make a list of inanimate objects that you think best represent you.
  136. Write a list of words that describe you as a child.  Create a second list that describes you now.  How are the lists different and the same?
  137. Write a letter to someone you really admire. It could be someone you know or have never met. What have you learned from them? How have they inspired you?