It’s always the perfect time to get started on developing a regular journaling habit. It’s so good for us! Writing just three to five times a week can decrease depression and lead to an increase in positive moods. Yay! It also helps us set goals and privately work through the craziness of life.
Having a hard time getting started or running low on inspiration? Here are thirty journal topic ideas to get your creativity flowing. And if you haven’t found the perfect writing journal that makes you want to put pen to paper on the daily, check out our gallery of 24 student weekly planners for some cool and unique ideas.
30 Journal Topic Ideas To Get You Inspired
- Think back on all the times you said “yes” and “no” this year — What surprises you? What decisions are you proud of? What did you learn about the power these two small, but transformative, words can have in your life? Is there anything you want to change, going forward?
- Make a list of the best and worst words you experienced throughout the last year, and what each word brings up in you — feelings, thoughts, memories, and more. What words would you like to hear more of in 2018? Are there any words you would like to use more (or less) in your own life in the year ahead?
- Focus on a moment when you felt strongest in your physical body during this past year and write your accomplishment.
- Who do you want to surround yourself with this year?
- Who were you an absolute BFF hero to this year? What kinds of things did you do to make a difference in their lives. What qualities or characteristics in yourself enabled you to be a best friend to someone this year — and how can you use those qualities to take better care of yourself?
- Write a letter to the past with a list of all the things you totally freaked out about for no reason because they actually turned out just fine; things that completely surprised you and all the ways you handled them well, and a couple ways you could have maybe handled them a bit better; lessons you learned and a few you’re still working on and that one big lesson you thought you already learned, but had to learn again; reasons you’re going to forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it this year; and reasons you should totally celebrate what a complete amazing person you were.
- Imagine yourself on December 31, 2018. Write yourself a letter from that future self. What has she done in the past year? What has she learned? Where has she been? Who was meaningful to her? What books did she read? Reconnect with this letter throughout the year ahead — are you growing into the person you imagined yourself to be?
- To move forward and let go, write down who hurt you this past year and who did you hurt? In what ways did you disappoint yourself, or others? What has been especially difficult to learn? What things do you wish you could go back and undo, or redo? Let it all out on the page, and then this is one of those journal entries you throw into the fireplace to release into the atmosphere.
- How can you change your physical space to be more nurturing to yourself? Take a look around your room and tap into how you feel. What is the one word that comes to mind about your room? Are there any unnecessary objects that make you feel anxious? Are there things you can take away or reposition? What does your perfect room space look like to you? Write down how you would like to feel in your room.
- What news stories in the outside world during 2017 had an impact on your inner world? Write down how you felt upon hearing these stories and three ways you could possibly help or contribute more in the outside world in the coming days. Write again how you feel after making your list.
- Reflect on the happiest moment of this year. Tune in to how you felt, what you heard, how you looked and what people were saying. Where were you, what were you doing, and who were you sharing it with? Reflect on every detail.
- What is your most treasured possession and why?
- Reflect on one of the greatest life lessons you have ever learned.
- How do you feel about your body? Write a personal letter to your body telling it how you feel. This could be a love letter, or a letter of apology if you have been too hard on yourself with negative self talk.
- Do you consider yourself a victim or a survivor? Or perhaps a mix of both? Is it possible to be both?
- Choose 3 photos of yourself from this year and write about how you feel looking at them, where you were, what you were doing, what you were like, etc.
- How have you changed from the person you were 2 years ago?
- Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely believe in and support you, and whom you trust. Explore the traits and what it is they do and say that mean so much to you.
- What makes YOU unique, in a good way?
- What are your top 5 values in life? Once you have listed your values, reflect on whether you are living according to them, or whether you are compromising your values in any way. If so, how does this make you feel?
- What do you need right now?
- List 5 simple activities you can do when you need to nurture yourself. Think about what soothes you the most like going for a walk, taking a bath, or doing stretches. How do you feel after you have been kind to yourself?
- Is New Year’s a good time for resolutions? Are resolutions helpful? Do you need a new year to make a change? What does it mean to have a fresh start?
- What are you the most excited for next year?
- How was your last year successful?
- If you could celebrate the new year from anywhere in the world, where would you go
- Describe 2017 in five words. What do these descriptions mean to you?
- What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
- 2017 was a year of…
- 2018 will be a year of…