How to Start A Journal + Journaling Prompts

I’ve talked countless times about how much I love to journal and write down my thoughts. In fact, my Gratitude and Lessons blogs are created from my daily journal entries. As much as I’ve talked about journaling, I’ve never talked about how to start a journal. So here you go!

Starting Your Journaling Journey

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Buying a Journal

The first step is starting a journal is to buy or find one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decluttered my house and found numerous unused journals. Try looking around your house and see if you can find any. If not, it is totally fine to head out and find one.

If you’re like me, you want a journal that looks pretty. Many of my journals are my favorite color (pink) or have quotes on them. The beauty of journals is that they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Below are a few that I like.

Decide What You Want to Journal About

So know you’ve bought your journal. Time to decide what you want to write about. Do you want to journal about your daily life or maybe your career aspirations? The only limit is your imagination, but here are a few ideas.

  • A journal about your daily life (the old-school diary)
  • A gratitude journal
  • A dream journal (to record what you dream about)
  • A journal to track habits
  • A heartsong journal (an encylopedia of you – blog post coming soon!)

Decide on a Journaling Schedule or Routine

I write in my gratitude and lessons journals every night before I go to bed, but everyone is different. Think about when you have a break in the day and can fully concentrate on what you’re writing in your journal. For you that might be before you go to bed (like me), when you wake up in the morning, or during your lunch break.

Once you make your schedule or routine, try and stick with it. It’ll make journaling a habit for you.

Decorate Your Journal

Decorating your journal can be half the fun! You can use anything you want to decorate your journal including stickers, pictures that you’ve printed out or drawn yourself, or washi tape. Again, the only limit is your imagination. Below are some journaling accessories can help get you started.

Start Journaling!

Now this is the meat and potatoes. You’ve bought your journal, decided what you want to write about, decided on a routine and decorated it (if you’re so inclined). Now it’s actually time to start journaling which can be daunting at first! Keep scrolling to get a few journaling prompts plus a FREE printable with even more!

Journaling Prompts

Journaling Prompts for Gratitude

  1. I smiled today because __________
  2. I am grateful that ____________
  3. I was able to take part in ________ today
  4. I love that __________
  5. My favorite way to ________ is to _____________

Journaling Prompts for Mental Health

  1. _______ triggers my depression/anxiety/etc
  2. I can turn to these people for help and support __________
  3. I can turn to these resources for help and support ______________
  4. These are my favorite coping skills _____________
  5. This what I’m worried about today______________

Journaling Prompts for Daily Life

  1. The best thing that happened to me today was ____________
  2. The worst thing that happened to me today was _____________
  3. When ______ happened it made me think of ________________
  4. This cool thing happened to me today ___________
  5. This is how my day started ___________

Journaling for Prompts Self-Discovery

  1. If I could do anything in the world it would be ____________
  2. If I could never do ________ again I would _____________
  3. When I need to feel inspired I ____________
  4. If I could change one thing about my life I would _________
  5. These are the things that I fear ___________

Click here to get these as a printable to carry with you in your journal.

Briana

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Comments

  1. Love The practical tips. Love your passion behind this. Love the prompts. And I looove your logo!!

  2. Love this post, this tips are so useful for me since I started journaling this year. Thank you <3

    1. Briana says:

      Thank you! Good luck on your journaling journey!

  3. Danica Anne Panganiban says:

    I love your blog name and the vibe. I started journaling and your prompts will be a very good inspiration. 🙂

    1. Briana says:

      Thank you for reading!

  4. Chloe Daniels | Clo Bare says:

    Really great journal prompts! Definitely helpful. <3

  5. Love The practical tips. Love your passion behind this. Love the prompts. And I looove your logo!!

    1. Briana says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  6. Love this post, this tips are so useful for me since I started journaling this year. Thank you <3

    1. Briana says:

      Thank you! Good luck on your journaling journey!

  7. Danica Anne Panganiban says:

    I love your blog name and the vibe. I started journaling and your prompts will be a very good inspiration. 🙂

    1. Briana says:

      Thank you for reading!

  8. Chloe Daniels | Clo Bare says:

    Really great journal prompts! Definitely helpful. <3

    1. Briana says:

      Thank you for reading!

  9. Becca says:

    Great tips for a beginner! I will definitely use some of those prompts:)

    1. Briana says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reading 🙂

  10. Iris says:

    Great tips! I just bought a yearless journal thathas five spots in each day so that you can compare your days over a five-year period. I think it will be really interesting!

    1. Briana says:

      That sounds like fun! I have a preference for dateless journals. I don’t want to be confined lol

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