5 Easy journal ideas to get you writing

Writing a journal is a really great way to gather your thoughts and put your life in perspective. But it doesn’t even have to be that serious, you can write for fun or to kill some time! Whatever your reason for writing, there’s plenty you can say.

It doesn’t have to be perfect prose either, if you’re writing for yourself it gives you the freedom to say whatever you want to say. Here I have compiled a short list to get you started.

1. Lists

I love writing to-do lists, they make me feel super organised. However they don’t have to be just to-do lists. I write lists of fun things I’d like to do. For example; bucket lists, countries I’d like to travel to, books and films I want to watch/read. I often do this on public transport because it stops me from overthinking. I use this as a tool to look forward to the future.

Lists are also great to share with other people because they can write them too, then you can compare your lists.

I also like to write down three things I am grateful for each week. It’s a great way to stay connected to what you have around you and it keeps you grounded.

2. Jars

One year I wrote down all the good memories I had during the year and put them in a jar. I wrote them on little slips, then on New Years Eve I read the memories back to myself. Some of them were so small I forgot that they happened! It’s a nice way to reflect on the highlights of your year and reminisce.

Jars are also good for suggestions. For example; writing prompts. You could write down a number of suggestions to prompt you, then put them in a jar. You could pick one out of a jar each day and follow the instructions.

3. Letters

I find writing letters to people immensely cathartic, even if I don’t send the letter to that person, just writing down what you want to say to helps you collect your thoughts and process your feelings.

Why not write a letter to a friend for no reason at all? If you want to go the extra mile you could write a fan letter to a celebrity that you admire.

Another nice idea is to write a letter to someone who inspired you, someone who believed in you when no-one else did. Go all Lady Gaga on your recipient.

You could even become a member of my letter exchange! You can volunteer here.

4. Dreams

Write down every dream that you have as soon as you wake up and think about what it means. If you’re feeling particularly stressed, you may notice a pattern of having quite anxious dreams. It’s interesting to delve into the psychology of your subconscious mind.

5. If questions

Write yourself ‘if questions’, this is a really good conversation starter so if you already have yours prepared then you’re one step ahead of the game.

If you could have dinner with three people in the world, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?

If you had one wish, what would you wish?

If you could change one thing from the past, present, and the future, who would it be?

The possibilities are endless here so just have fun with it.

If you’d like me to do another post with more suggestions are more specific prompts, please let me know in the comments below.

If you’d like to use an app to help you journal, subscribe to this Journey app. You can also include photos and locations in your entries.



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