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December 30, 2020

5 Simple Steps: Create a Journal Jar + Bonus Journaling Prompts

You’ve heard about the many benefits of journaling. You may have even bought yourself a beautiful journal, all ready to get going. But it’s proving to be a little harder to start than you thought it would be.

It can be hard to think of what to write. You don’t want to “spoil” that beautiful new notebook, and second-guessing that first entry can be a part of your analysis paralysis…

5 Simple Steps to Easier Journaling

lighted number 5You can give yourself a boost to get into the habit of journaling by creating your own journal jar, using these five simple steps.

  1. Find a suitable jar. You can use anything, a mason jar, cookie jar, or a vase.
  2. Then write down the prompts suggested below onto slips of paper and put them in the jar.
  3. Whenever you’re feeling stuck for journaling ideas, just pull out a prompt.
  4. Set the timer on your smartphone (or one from your kitchen) for thirty minutes.
  5. Put your prompt in front of you and simply write down whatever comes into your mind.

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Here are some suggested subjects and prompts to help get you started:

Making Lists

Start easy by making lists. You can write as little or as much as you wantperson holding black pen writing on white notebook under each listing.

  1. Dream vacation destinations
  2. Best meals you’ve had, where you ate them, and who you were with
  3. Favorite movies
  4. Favorite books
  5. Favorite songs
  6. Top goals to achieve this year, in five years, in ten years

Confessions

grayscale photo of woman doing silent hand signSomething private and sensitive about yourself that you don’t have to share with anyone else – get it out of your head and down on paper.

  1. Something people don’t know about you
  2. Things you wish you had done
  3. Your secret desires
  4. The most outrageous thing you’ve ever done – or want to do
  5. Biggest gamble you’ve ever made (this could be a career, relationship, travel – anything that felt risky)
  6. Letter to someone you’ve wronged

“If” Questions

Let your imagination run a bit wild and have fun with these questions – and the potential answers!

  1. If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be?
  2. If you could meet any fictional character(s), who would they be?
  3. If you could host a dinner party with anyone from history or fiction, who would you invite?
  4. If you could go back in time and fix anything, what would you choose?
  5. If you could change one thing about yourself right now, what would it be?

Little Things You Love

pink heart shaped paper on white and pink floral textileIt’s easy to think of the important things you love in your life, but what about the little things? Like the way your dog greets you when you come home, or the narcissi flowers that bloom without fail every spring? Think across every part of your life, and take note of the little things that can mean a whole lot.

  1. Family members
  2. Pets
  3. Movies
  4. Books
  5. Food
  6. Activities
  7. Nature

Look Back Over Your Week

Try to think about diverse events and occasions in your life, from managing to get the early bus to white and black yearly planner notebooktrying a new recipe or meeting your exercise and nutrition goals, or starting a new book you’ve been wanting to read.

  1. Write down all the things that made you feel good.
  2. What did you learn this week?
  3. What did you achieve?
  4. What promises did you keep?


Free Infographic Resource

Ready to use these prompts to start or renew your journaling practice? Click HERE to get a PDF copy of the 5 Simple Steps, and the journaling prompts, plus access to our email series on Journaling.

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About the Author

Dianne M. Daniels is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-great-aunt, Unitarian-Universalist Minister, Spiritual Director & Companion that empowers intelligent, passionate women to discover and manifest the best of who they are and who they want to be.Her signature program, The Spiritually Authentic Woman, teaches how to create a new, more joyful life as you let go of living the way OTHERS think you should while tapping into your uniquely authentic spirituality.

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