Starting a self-discovery journal can be a great way to reconnect with yourself and learn what makes you think. Read on for some prompts to help you start your very own self-discovery journal.
In this article:
- What Is a Self-Discovery Journal?
- What Are the Benefits of Journaling?
- Writing Prompts for Self-Discovery
- Springboard Ideas to Help You Learn More About Your Relationships
- Prompts to Help You Visualize and Plan Your Future
- Journaling to Help You Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude
Self-Discovery Journal Prompts to Help You Start Writing
What Is a Self-Discovery Journal?
A self-discovery journal is a personal log that encourages people to get to know themselves better. Unlike a diary where the content is pretty much free-flowing, a self-discovery journal uses prompts to guide the writer to the goal of self-discovery.
What Are the Benefits of Journaling?
Journaling has scientifically-backed benefits, including:
- Can help reduce stress levels
- Helps you discover things about yourself
- Gives clarity to your emotions and thoughts
- Helps you come up with better solutions to problems and resolve conflicts better
Writing Prompts for Self-Discovery
Here are some helpful prompts to nudge you on the right track and help you learn more about yourself.
1. What drives you every day?
2. Who are you according to your standards and definitions?
3. How do you take care of yourself?
4. Why do you exert energy and effort each day?
5. If money is not an issue, where do you want to spend the rest of your life?
6. What is a good ordinary day for you?
7. How do you define yourself?
8. How did today’s events make you feel?
9. How often do you reach out to people?
10. When are you happiest? When are you saddest?
11. If you can only bring one person on a deserted island for the rest of your life, who would it be?
12. What’s your image of the ideal you?
13. How were you like as a kid?
14. Who do you want to be when you get older?
15. What makes you happy?
16. What makes you anxious or afraid? Is it the past or the future?
17. Do you believe in life after death?
18. What do you consider as the most impactful thing you’ve ever done?
19. Who or what do you think of when you want to motivate yourself?
20. The top 5 or 10 activities you want to do every day
21. Three of your best skills you’re confident about
22. Five things you’re happy about yourself
23. Five things that you want to improve on
24. Seven self-care activities that you think you should do at least each week
25. Five hobbies you want to cultivate and enjoy
Springboard Ideas to Help You Learn More About Your Relationships
If you want to become a better partner or spouse, you should start by learning about how you look at a relationship. Here are some prompts that can help you discover more about yourself.
26. Who makes me happy?
27. What about my partner makes me angry?
28. How do I deal with negative emotions in my relationship?
29. Am I more of a giver or a receiver when it comes to emotions?
30. Where are we now in our relationship?
31. Where do I want us to be in five years?
32. When do we usually talk or spend time?
33. Do we have boundaries with each other?
34. Do we respect each other’s boundaries?
35. What quality of them do I find attractive?
36. How do we deal with problems?
37. What are our habits?
38. Do we spend enough time with each other?
39. How do I make them feel better?
40. What’s my love language?
41. How do they express their affection?
42. What weighs me down when it comes to the relationship?
43. How do I help them become 1% better each day?
44. Do we complement each other?
45. What am I most grateful for in my partner?
46. How would you describe your ideal partner?
47. Do you think you’re compromising too little or too much in the relationship?
48. Have you talked about what creates small problems in your relationship?
49. Five surefire ways to make your partner smile
50. Seven great destinations for a wonderful date
51. Three best activities both of you can enjoy
52. Seven genuine compliments that can make their heart flutter
53. Nine possible hobbies and events to rekindle your relationship
Prompts to Help You Visualize and Plan Your Future
Feeling anxious about the future? Blast away anxiety with these writing prompts.
54. Are you satisfied with where you are right now?
55. Is there anything you can do to prepare for the next five years?
56. Who are the people you can trust?
57. How often do you think about the future?
58. What have you accomplished for the past week, month, and year?
59. What do you think about the future?
60. How do you keep or start a good momentum to prepare for the next few days?
61. What did you learn today that you can apply tomorrow?
62. What will be your priority tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year?
63. Do you feel excitement or anxiety about the future?
64. Why do you feel that way?
65. Do you have any future plans or are you too focused on the present?
66. Have you spotted any opportunities to improve lately?
67. Where are you now with your New Year’s resolutions?
68. Do you already have a bucket list of things and places?
69. Do you have a vision board you look at to motivate yourself?
70. How long in the future are you prepared for?
71. What are the usual worries you think about?
72. What can help you minimize being anxious about the future?
73. Who do you want to be in your support team to make the future better?
74. At least three major goals, one for career, relationship, and finance
75. Three strategies to reach your future goals
76. Five things you’re excited about the future
77. Five issues or problems you preemptively prepare for
78. Seven unique self-care celebrations for each day of the week
Journaling to Help You Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude
Spread joyful vibes on your way with a gratitude list. Here are some self-discovery journal prompts to help you adopt an attitude of gratitude:
79. What happened today that maybe you feel joy?
80. When was the last time you laughed really hard?
81. Who made you smile and laugh today?
82. Why is today different from yesterday?
83. What will you do today that will make tomorrow even better?
84. Did you go on a walk and smell the flowers?
85. What is a wonderful sight, sound, scent, taste or feeling that made you pause today?
86. How did you handle your tasks today?
87. What are your favorite memories from the past week?
88. What are you looking forward to next week?
89. How will you stay happy and grateful?
90. Who do you want to meet again after not seeing them for a long time?
91. Which location can trigger wonderful memories?
92. Where can you go to create memories you’re grateful for?
93. What everyday activity do you think you take for granted?
94. How often do you meditate?
95. Do you spend time reviewing what happened during the day in a positive note?
96. What are five memories you’re fond of?
97. How can you create more happy memories?
98. What can you do to forgive yourself for bad memories?
99. Five people you’re thankful for
100. Seven locations you visit that helps you remember how wonderful life is
101. Nine colors, tastes, scents and textures that make you feel alive
These 101 self-discovery journal prompts are going to help open your creative and spiritual floodgates. Make yourself comfortable while you start writing down whatever comes to your mind.
What other journal prompts are you planning to use in your self-discovery journal? Let us know in the comments section below.