It doesn’t matter what your reason for beginning to journal is, often getting started is the hardest step. You’ve bought your journal and a fancy pen or two (or twenty), but now you’re sitting at your desk staring at a blank page.
One way to get started without the stress of a blank page is by using journaling prompts. These are questions or ideas that you can begin writing about. If you choose a journal prompt to write on each day, it will help you develop a journaling routine.
Here are three basic journaling prompts that you can try.
Prompt #1 – What Would You Do If…
Prompts that start off with the phrase, “What would you do if,,,”, can lead to fun discoveries about yourself. You can find out how you would handle a situation. These prompts can be as dull or as fun as you want them to be, just remember what they do.
They actually can show a lot about your personality, your reasoning skills, and critical thinking. You may never actually be faced with what you would do if 100 mice got free in a pet store you managed, but you will find out if you think logically in a high stress situation.
Prompt #2 – If You Were…
If you were prompts can range from very serious questions, like if you were a lawyer, to very funny questions. The idea behind these prompts is to help you work out situations and see them from both sides.
Some journaling enthusiasts call this type of a prompt the King Solomon prompt because you end up viewing it from both sides and actually thinking about what you would do if you were king or in charge of laws. These are ideal if you are a political or history buff.
Prompt #3 – Describe Your Dream Life
Description based prompts, especially ones that deal with your dream life, are very popular. These prompts help you work through what things are important to you and help you find out what things do not matter after certain issues in your life.
Ideally these prompts are written so they can be reviewed at a later date. You review the post then look back and see what things no longer matter to you, and rewrite the post. Compare the two to see the differences in your lifestyle and viewpoints.
You can use prompts as often as you like: once in a while, weekly, or even daily. There are some prompts that are specific to your goals, or you can go with random journaling prompts. You may also want to consider journals that are nothing but prompts. As long as they get you journaling on a regular basis, it’s all good!