Your diary is you in written form. Whether it be your hopes and dreams, daily life occurrences, or those controversial opinions that you dare not speak aloud – the diary is a safe place to keep them. While this obviously works as a good outlet, it can also be your key to streamlined thinking. You can focus on what’s important and heightened focus equals success and fulfillment – exactly what you want. However, putting pen to paper isn’t easy. Even typing out your deepest inner thoughts can understandably be a challenge. If you’re just setting off on your journal journey or feel like your journaling experience has stagnated, fret not - there’s a way to revitalize your journaling skills! We’ve collected our favorite questions and ideas to explore in your journal to help you get to know yourself better. Let’s get started and find out what they are below! My favorite way to spend the day is … Despite the stereotypes about diaries, you don’t have to chronicle your everyday movements. While it’s important to note down significant occurrences in your life, it’s even more important to keep track of what keeps you in good spirits. Because we all need a reminder that we deserve to be happy! Whether it be visiting a close friend or stopping off at your favorite restaurant on the way home, write it down. Maybe its just staying at home playing computer games or reading a book. Either way, it’s important to remember what you enjoy and your diary is there to remind you. One thing I would tell my younger self? Okay, it’s hard to keep it to just one. This is real life, so you might as well list out as much advice for your younger self as you’d like. I can’t really guide you here; you know your former self best and above all - you know what they need to hear. So, don’t doubt yourself. When it comes to writing this, you’ve already got it all within; you just need to find a way to get it out. You must have made great strides in personal growth over the years – sometimes we need to remind ourselves what we’ve learned. Write an experience with your senses We spend a lot of time thinking and daydreaming. “Head in the clouds,” as some might call it. This can be distracting from the real world. So, get back in touch with your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. Your five senses take in more information than you normally notice – listen to them for a while. Write down in exquisite detail whatever you experience from them. Leave out your feelings, instead let your senses tell the story. Write about food So much goes into organizing and preparing meals that things can get out of hand fast. For those seeking to lose weight tracking what and when you eat in your diary can help you discover your eating habits. An added benefit is that writing down your goals makes them more concrete making you more likely to stay on track for lasting change. For foodies that love exploring the new restaurants a diary is a great place to document your food adventures. Your collection of reviews and thoughts on every restaurant and dish are valuable to reference later when asked for recommendations or to just relive eating some delicious food. For home chefs cooking diary entries provide a practical resource to improve your cooking skills. What chef doesn’t love to document their failures and triumphs in the kitchen? It will be a record of your cooking experiments and results on your journey to becoming a better chef. For fitness enthusiasts logging the details of workouts and nutrition can up your game. Set yourself up for success by keeping a record of your goals and progress in the gym. You can look back when you need that extra push to stay motivated. Your favorite quotes Aristotle once said, “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” He essentially summed up the very point of keeping a journal in one short sentence. There’s plenty of quotes out there just like this one. Quotes can be inspirational, motivational, and downright mind-blowing. History’s greatest thinkers, philosophers, and writers may have already precisely expressed your thoughts and feelings while you struggle to find the right words. We may even feel like they just “get” us. So, why not keep a collection of the quotes that move you in your diary? They can be revisited to collect your thoughts and point you in the right direction – what’s not to like? The things you couldn’t live without … We often hear about the importance of being grateful and thankful. There is even a whole holiday dedicated towards the concept; what more could we want? The truth is you may need to dig deep. It’s easy to say we couldn’t live without our phones or favorite foods but is that really true? Are those material objects more important than laughing with a friend or getting a hug from a child? We need to decide what’s really essential to us and keep a list of it. Then, whenever we feel wanting or dissatisfied, we can focus ourselves on the essentials and that we may already have what matters most. Who matters to you (and who you matter to) Listing out those who you can trust may sound somewhat callous, but really, it’s essential. These are the people you can turn to in times of need who won’t betray you or turn a blind eye. Whether it be close family, friends, or anyone else – write their names down in your diary. If you ever feel disconnected and lonely you can remind yourself of these people and reach out to them. I’m sure they will be very glad to hear from you. The three most important moments in your life Think about those moments that changed the path of your life forever. They don’t need to be typical like weddings and first kisses – pick the moments unique to you that matter above all else. Once you’ve decided, take some time to remember as much detail of them as possible. Try to recreate each moment like a movie scene in your head. Then, record the descriptions of those moments and why they were so important in your diary. Important dates We all forget the odd birthday or anniversary every now and then. However, solidarity doesn’t make the feeling of shame any less striking. Who we really want to be is that organized person who’s always on the ball, never late, and always has a gift in tow. By writing down all important dates in one place, we can make sure we’re that person from now on! What you wish others knew about you Now, this may be a seemingly daunting exercise in introspection and self-reflection, but it must be done at one stage or another if you wish to progress in life. It’s best to get these all listed out with the reasons why you wish others knew them. That way, you can rifle through your feelings and thoughts to refine your list. Once you have your list it will be much easier to let others know what you wished they already knew about you. And finally … what makes me me Sure, we’ve all got an idea of who we are, but why do we struggle when asked, “who are you?” Luckily, your diary has no socially acceptable response time limits. You can sit back, ponder, and analyze exactly who you are. After all, if you don’t know, how can anyone else? Moreover, if you can sort out even just a fraction of all the mumbo-jumbo that concerns the “self,” then you’re on the right track to a clearer mind and greater live satisfaction. And there you have it, your essential guide to what to write in your personal diary. By keeping the above mentioned advice in mind, you’ll be able to enhance your journaling endeavor considerably. If you are looking for even more ideas check out our article, The Best Journal Prompts to Inspire Creativity So, why not get started today and sign up with Memairy? Not only will you be ensured the most modern (and private) online journal experience possible, you can start practicing what you’ve just learned right away! Good luck and have fun journaling!