25+ Great Journaling Ideas: Journaling Samples You Can Use

Journaling has been a big part of my personal development journey. It’s how I get things off my chest, focus on my goals and try to stay in alignment with what I want in life. Journaling ideas are great to help you get started.

1. Daily Log

Sometimes the difficulty in starting a journal or keeping up with journaling is figuring out what to write about. A daily log is a great way to start. It can be point form or complete sentences.

2. How You Feel

Journaling about how you’re feeling is an excellent exercise in tracking your emotions, mainly when you include the events that may have triggered those emotions. Keeping a diary or notebook describing how you feel may help avoid a particular reaction or emotion if triggered by a similar event.

3. A List of Things That Makes You Smile

Writing about things that make you smile is a fun and inspiring writing activity. Fun, because we all have things that have made us smile in the past and things that made us smile in the present moment.

4. Brain Dump

Need a writing prompt that requires no effort? Write down whatever is on your mind right now. It doesn’t matter if it is good, bad, or ugly. It doesn’t matter if it’s not complete sentences. It doesn’t even matter if it makes zero sense. The point is, just write.

5. Your Favorite Memory

Keeping a journal filled with favorite memories is a beautiful way to share bits and pieces of your life with your children or grandchildren. It is also a great way to remember the people with you building these memories. We forget the people, places, and things that made us happy as we get older. 

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