22 Journaling Ideas for 2018

22 Journaling Ideas 2018

Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed. From a young age, I loved the idea of having a diary and wrote in it almost every day, spilling all of my secrets… well, the type of secrets that a 7-year-old would keep.

As I got older, I moved away from journaling and found myself immersed in creative writing. I wrote multiple short stories and poems – all of which are somewhere in a box in my parent’s basement.

When I moved away from college, writing fell off my plate. I was captivated by my math, science, and engineering classes, not giving a second thought to writing. It wasn’t until my Junior year that I started writing on a regular basis again – I started this blog.

Now, after blogging for almost 3 years I want to continue to build my writing skills. That is why journaling every day is one of my goals for 2018.

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To prepare for this endeavor, I started a list of questions, prompts, and ideas to write about. If you’re like me and want to journal on a consistent basis this year, then you might find this list helpful. 

Journaling Categories.

I think that writing about a variety of topics is a great way to strengthen your creative mind. The best part is that you can literally write about anything. I designed these categories just to keep things a bit organized and easy to sift through.

Reflection.

The prompts in this category really have a wide variety in regards to time. The beautiful thing about writing is that you can reflect on the past no matter if it was years ago or hours ago. I think that reflection is extremely important for us to learn and grow as humans. Without having a good understanding of what has happened, we can’t learn and move forward with this new knowledge.

Thought-Provoking.

There are so many things you can ask yourself to get yourself thinking. From deep philosophies to mathematical theories to even day-to-day interactions there is so much to think about and dig into.

Doodles. 

Writing in a journal doesn’t always have to be writing. I often find myself doodling in the corner or taking a whole page to sketch something out. I think that writing and drawing go hand-in-hand. One should always be found near the other.  

Lists. 

If you know me, then you know I’m a list maker. I’ll even make lists after I’ve finished something just to have the satisfaction of crossing it off! Needless to say, have a list category is necessary for my journal. I love to jot down all my ideas into one long list that I can always go back and check if I find myself needing some inspiration.

Journaling Ideas.

Now that we’ve covered all different types of categories that these journaling ideas fall into, let’s move onto the actual prompts/questions that you can use on a daily basis.

 

22 Journal Prompts 2018

 

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Daily journaling and keeping a personal diary is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now. I’ve just never made the time or put in the effort. In the past, I’ve tried a journal app called Day One, but recently I’ve been using an Erin Condren Hardbound Notebook (very similar to a Moleskine notebook). No matter if you want to journal electronically or on paper – both are great options!

Journaling is a way of both expressing and finding yourself at the same time. I hope that by journaling on a regular basis I will grow as a person and achieve a greater understanding of the world. I’m always on the hunt for new journal prompts, which ones are your favorite?