25 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection


I LOVE my journals. I love venting hopes and fears and then going back and re-reading them so that I can see how far I’ve come. Sometimes, though, I’m more interested in the day to day of what my life used to be like than the huge events that occurred. For example, a couple of times a year I like to record how much money is in my bank account. It’s fun to go back and read that prompt and see how much my savings has grown, or how thankful I was to have a savings when an emergency came up.

Here are my top 25 journal prompts to really record who you are and what your life is like day to day:


  1. How much money do you currently have in your checking account? Savings account? Investments? In cash?
  2. What 10 hygiene items can you not live without?
  3. What is your current favorite movie?
  4. What book/magazine are you reading? Do you like it?
  5. What’s your address? Describe the details of your home.
  6. What 2 treats could you eat every day?
  7. What time do you wake up?
  8. What time do you go to bed?
  9. Do you have an exercise routine?
  10. What hairstyle do you use the most?
  11. Do you have kids or pets? What’s one thing they did today that made you smile?
  12. Which TV show are you currently watching?
  13. If your house is on fire and you can only take 10 things with you, what would they be?
  14. Which household chore do you absolutely detest? Which one do you enjoy doing?
  15. What color are your toes currently painted?
  16. Where was the last place you went?
  17. What inspires and motivates you?
  18. What song best describes your life right now?
  19. What project/goal are you currently working on?
  20. Are you a night owl or early bird?
  21. Who was the last person that you texted?
  22. What brand of computer do you own?
  23. What make/model/year is your vehicle?
  24. What 3 weird things do you like? (For example, I love the smell of sharpie markers)
  25. When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?


Some of these prompts are small and relatively inconsequential, but it’s fun going back and reading who you were at that stage in life. You can also check out this post for 11 types of journals you can write in.

One thought on “25 Journal Prompts for Self-Reflection

  1. Elizabeth O

    July 5, 2017 at 10:23am

    Some of your topics surprised me but that is the whole point of journaling; we can use it any way we wish. I’ve written a journal for years and it helps me find clarity in my daily life.

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  2. Blair villanueva

    July 1, 2017 at 3:06pm

    Before my blogging career, I love keeping a journal with all the stories of me everyday. Which helps me to love writing and enhance it. Now I dont do it anymore.

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  3. Ali Rost

    July 1, 2017 at 1:24am

    I love these. Ever since I was a kid, every night before I go to sleep, I carve out some time to write things down. I never force it, instead just letting flow whatever comes to mind. x

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  4. Agentszerozerosetter

    June 30, 2017 at 11:53pm

    All great ideas to write about! I have an agenda where I wrote pretty much everything, even if in a schematic way, appointments, what happened important in a day etc…, but is not really a journal, maybe something similar:)

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  5. Akamatra

    June 30, 2017 at 9:11am

    I was thinking of writing something like that for my daughter to read when she grows up. I am going through your list again and choosing a few topics!

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  6. Elizabeth

    June 30, 2017 at 8:58am

    Great prompts, these. I used to keep a diary when I was a child but it’s not something I’ve ever done as an adult.

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  7. Denay

    June 30, 2017 at 6:29am

    What thoughtful journal prompts. When I was growing up I kept diaries, but after several moves they got lost in the shuffle. Your post reminds me of the joy and beauty of recording life’s important happenings on paper.

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  8. Helene

    June 29, 2017 at 11:53pm

    These are good prompts and I think I could write something about most of them. Thanks for getting the juices flowing!

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  9. Heather Johnson

    June 29, 2017 at 9:23pm

    I am working on two summer projects. The first is cleaning and organizing my basement. The second is a handprint alphabet craft project with my son.

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  10. Gloria

    June 29, 2017 at 9:23pm

    I never kept a journal in my life. Maybe I should start one since you make it sound so cathartic. The idea of venting on paper sounds pretty good to me…at least you won’t get judged. =D

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  11. Amber

    June 29, 2017 at 7:42pm

    These are some great prompts! I don’t really write in a journal, but I do have my blog where I sometimes write about things like this. I’ve always preferred to type!

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  12. jay

    June 29, 2017 at 7:32pm

    What 3 weird things do you like? – Love this Idea I actually just started and this spread like wild fire into a great story 🙂 Thanks

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  13. colleen

    June 29, 2017 at 7:31pm

    My daughter keeps a journal. She writes in every day since she was small.

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  14. Sarah

    June 29, 2017 at 6:14pm

    These are some great prompts for people who want to do a bit of self-reflection in their journaling, they would be interesting to look back on over the years as well.

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  15. Kristy C

    June 29, 2017 at 6:11pm

    This list of Journal prompts is so helpful, I really enjoy writing in my journal but I often get stuck on what to write about .

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      June 29, 2017 at 6:17pm

      I agree, coming up with things to write can sometimes be a challenge! Prompts definitely help with that!

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  16. Corinne & Kirsty

    June 29, 2017 at 6:08pm

    I used to be a night owl but now I am an early bird coz well, work calls! I own a MacBook ahah So many questions to answers! xx corinne

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      June 29, 2017 at 6:16pm

      What type of MacBook do you own? I want an Air 13 inch but my husband wants a Pro!

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  17. Jessica Taylor

    June 29, 2017 at 5:47pm

    I love how these promps are small, yet great thinking topics. Ive been meaning to start a little journal, so guess ill give these a try.

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