Using a journal is one of the easiest ways to process your thoughts, work towards your goals, and reflect on the progress you’ve made in life. As the new year is about to start, it’s the perfect time to start journaling and using this incredible tool to reflect on your experiences.
While the concept of creating New Year’s resolutions may feel overwhelming, journaling is an excellent way to break things into smaller more manageable ideas and plan strategies for achieving your goals. If you aren’t sure where to start with journaling, you may want to use prompts to get the words flowing. Here are some of the best journal prompts to try this new year.
4 Journal Prompts to Help you Tackle the new year Head-on.
1. How can I Live Healthier?
Many people set health-related goals for the New Year, but it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to improving your health. You can use your journal to take an honest look at your health habits and determine where you can improve. Start by assessing which of your health habits you could improve most. Of course, improving diet and exercise are very common goals, but there are other health goals that are equally important, like getting more sleep, drinking more water, or making regular doctor’s appointments.
Once you determine what your goal is, the next step is to decide how you’re going to get there. Write out concrete steps that you can take to ensure that you meet your health goals this year. You may also want to write about why this goal is important to you and your experience with it in the past. After you’ve set your goal, you can use your journal to track your progress and stay motivated as you work to improve. There are many ways you can use health trackers to help you meet your goals.
2. What are Some Positive Changes I Have Made Recently?
Journals can also be used to reflect on your life and celebrate your personal progress. A great prompt to get you started is thinking about the positive changes that you have made in your life. So often we focus on the negative aspects of our life or the things we still need to improve, but it’s important to celebrate the things that have made us happy as well. Writing about the positive changes in your life can help to motivate you to keep working hard, and it’s also a good reminder of all you have to be thankful for when things get tough. If you feel like you do not have time to sit down and write in-depth about what you are grateful for, consider a gratitude log as a quick way to reinforce a positive attitude.
3. Describe Three Beautiful Things You’ve Seen Recently.
This journal prompt is a good one to use when you are feeling bereft of inspiration. Think through the details of your life, and search for things that you have found beautiful. This could be either from an aesthetic point of view or an emotional one. Describe why you found these things beautiful and inspirational. This is an excellent way to jumpstart your creativity and even improve your writing skills. This journal prompt can also help you feel more thankful for the things you encounter in your daily life and develop an appreciation for the small things – something we could all benefit from.
4. Write About Someone Who Inspires You.
If you are struggling to flesh out your goals or are not sure of your next step in life, this journal prompt is a good one to start with. Thinking about the people who inspire us is an excellent place to begin when it comes to planning our next steps. Describe this person’s life and accomplishments in detail, and then write about why this inspires you and how it relates to you. By thinking through someone else’s journey, you can get inspiration for where you want your own life to go and the steps you want to take to achieve your goals. While you probably don’t want to live exactly the same life as this person, their actions may give you some inspiration if you are feeling stuck in your progress.
Don’t be Afraid to Try Something Different.
When journaling, don’t be afraid to get creative. Use your favorite pens and add drawings and color to your journal to spice things up if you want. There are no rules when journaling – the goal is to explore your feelings and think about your goals in a healthy and inspiring way. Your journal is your own space where you can process your thoughts and express yourself without the pressures of the outside world.