Journaling What to Write about and easy ways to get started journaling. This is how you can begin a journaling habit, start a new journal, begin bullet journaling, learn the journaling journey.

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Writing in a personal journal can be easy. These journal prompts are perfect for when you don’t know what to write. Journaling only takes a few moments of time, and it can really transform your personal care and self development discoveries.


Journaling what to write

These journal prompts are perfect for when you don’t know what to write. Give yourself 5 to 10 minutes for a quick journaling session.

  • An Inspiring quote that helps set the mood
  • A prayer
  • A gratitude
  • An affirmation
  • Reflect on the day
  • Projects you’re working on
  • Describe what challenges you’re going through, what steps are you taking to overcome them
  • Questions that are on your mind
  • Write a letter to your 5 year old self, 10 year old, 20 year old, etc.
  • Currently: listening, eating, drinking, wearing, feeling, weather, wanting, needing, thinking, enjoying
  • A time capsule journal entry to open and read in the future

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Journaling examples

There are many journaling examples available on Pinterest for all types of journals. I enjoy finding new ones and continually add them to my Journaling Prompts Board.

Journaling file system

If you are new to journaling or want to have and organized and scientific approach to journaling, it is important to have your own method of filing the journals, the entries, and the items in relation to the journal.

When you begin a new journal, start by opening to the front page where a title page would be in a book. Label the front page (you can make it decorated if you like) with the Journal’s Title, the start date, a place holder for the end date, and your name.

In the next few pages, label them as the index, or table of contents, for ease of reference when you add entries to the pages in the journal.

Finally, once you create the index pages, label the upper part of the pages with their appropriate page numbers in sequential order.

Bonus: If you get multiple journals at once in bulk from the store, they look nice if the outsides are all labeled the same and state vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3 etc. Maybe that’s just one of my favorite parts about an organized approach to journaling.

Why Journaling is important

Getting your thoughts onto paper is an excellent way to release tension, clear your mind, and organize your thoughts. I’ve been journaling since middle school, and have loved the idea of creating something for myself. Even if I don’t keep the journals or keep all the random thoughts that I’ve written down, at least I was able to get them out and onto a piece of paper. It’s part of my morning routine, and it makes my day more productive!

What I did with those pieces of paper was my own personal achievement. Whether I created a new awesome idea from scratch or just threw down a negative thought to get it out of my head and move on for the day, journaling has been my way of personal development.

Bullet Journaling System

The BuJo System is incredible for people who want to design and have the time to create their own pages from scratch. It leaves me frustrated, mostly because I’m not very good and doodles that look good on the pages.

Personally, I LOVE the dot pages, it lets me draw straight lines with ease. Also, the Index at the front is a LIFE SAVER! I love having the pages all organized and such.

BUT, I dislike the short code approach the the original creator shares in his book: The Bullet Journal Method. I can’t remember what each of the symbols mean, and don’t always want to keep referencing them.

The bullet journal method is excellent when you are creating a reference book for a project and need to know what page you wrote your notes on. I personally don’t actually journal my thoughts and plans and all the things that are happening in my life in one notebook. I use multiple books for specific things. A bujo for my projects, a lined journal for daily journal entries, and a planner for my calendar planning.

Journal Planner Pages

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Hygge Morning Journaling

Right now, I am working on my New Year’s goals, and one of the things is to follow through on my hygge morning routine, which includes journaling. I enjoy being cozy with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, some light music, and my favorite pen and journal.


If you Journal, what is your favorite journaling method? Do you use pen and paper like I do, or do you like to use technology and record with video or voice recording?

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  1. Love this! I used to have a bullet journal and it’s such a lovely thing to look back at, inspired me to journal again this year x

  2. I have recently begun writing prayers in notebook as a way to remember to pray daily for others. I had a journal as a teenager and my sister read it and spilled all my secrets, so I was cured of that for decades. But I am willing to give it a go again.

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