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Daily Journaling Prompts: 30 Simple Ideas for Self-Reflection

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Daily Journaling Prompts

Since day one of La.Rue, I have been iterating to you the true importance of daily journaling. It can have an extraordinary impact on your ability to self-reflect and process your emotions. In this process, it can take time for us to truly open up to ourselves and be honest with where our emotions lie and how they may, or may not, be affecting us. Since the launch of my coaching program, I’ve had clients that are both eager to begin the 6-Minute Diary, and some not ready for that level of commitment. Many find solace and comfort in free-writing, brain dumping, or stream-of-consciousness writing. Daily journaling is unique to every perspective and person. So, in the spirit of that notion, I thought I’d offer my readers and those beyond, 30 daily journaling prompts for those looking to expand their reflection.

A few things to note when reflecting: the first ten prompts on deep self-reflection are in first-person. When choosing one of these prompts, first write the chosen prompt at the top of the page. Take time to reflect on the question, write out bullet points, do a mini-brain dump, and then begin journaling. These questions are deep and require full honesty and reflection on your part for the journaling process to greatly affect your mindset. The second two categories, gratitude and time, are directional and questions. Approach these prompts in whatever way feels comfortable but, again, try to push yourself. You can repeat these prompts as often as you’d like on several categories, people, thoughts, etc. Best of luck.

30 Daily Journaling Prompts for Gratitude

10 Prompts for Deep Self-Reflection

1. What’s been bothering me lately? What would I rather believe about the situation?

2. Where have I been allowing scarcity to show up in my life and keep me from making progress?

3. How have I been not showing up, and how is it affecting my future?

4. Where have I been allowing lack mentality to prevent me from being happy?

5. In what ways do I self-sabotage?

6. On a scale from one to ten, how happy am I in my life right now? Elaborate.

7. How often do I allow myself to be truly present in the moment?

8. In what ways do I protect myself from experience out of the fear of moving out of my comfort zone?

9. Am I proud of the actions I’ve taken recently?

10. Do I maintain any regrets in my life?

10 Prompts for Gratitude

1. Reflect on something or someone that has made you laugh or very happy recently.

2. Describe your happy place in significant detail; where do you escape to?

3. Who in your life would you like to express more gratitude towards?

4. What in your life gives your spark? Drives your passion?

5. List all the little things in your life you’d like to remind yourself to be grateful for.

6. Write expressions of gratitude to people who have wronged you.

7. What in your life makes you the happiest right now?

8. Describe a memory with your family that brings you great joy.

9. What is something you’re looking forward to today?

10. Who is someone that changed the trajectory of your life? Write a thank you letter to them.

10 Prompts About Time

1. Where do you see yourself in ‘X’ time?

2. What is one thing you wish you could tell your 15-year-old self?

3. What advice would you offer to the next generation of dreamers?

4. What accomplishment are you most proud of to date? Describe the memory in great detail.

5. What’s something you’d like to accomplish in the future? Write the event in the present tense as if it’s already something you’ve achieved.

6. What or who do you need to make more time for?

7. What is a moment in your life that you didn’t realize would have such a great impact later on?

8. Write a sentiment about your future in the present tense—choose a day, and dream.

9. What is an action you can take today to make progress on a long-term goal?

10. Write your age at the top of the page. What is the number one life lesson you’ve taken away in those years?

Happy Reflecting.

Xo,  lauren

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