Menu

How To Start Journaling and Favorite Prompt Ideas for Inspired Writing

Starting and sustaining a journaling habit can be daunting. Whether it’s a struggle to find time for yourself in a busy day, or you can’t break the feeling that there isn’t much to say, making time for this act of self-care may not be at the top of your to-do list. Take a look at the extensive research around journaling, however, and you’ll find that this simple practice can have an outsized impact on your mental health, creativity, and more. Today we’re walking you through why you should consider keeping a daily journal, the benefits you might see over time, how to make the habit stick, and some writing prompts to get your started.

 

5 Reasons You Should Start a Journal Right Now

  1. Reduce stress and increase your wellbeing—Long-term journaling has proved to lessen stress and anxiety. When writing, you're able to externally process events and emotions, giving you more objectivity about your own thoughts. If you’re going through a particularly challenging time, physically writing it down can help you realize solutions that never occurred to you before, or help foster a sense of acceptance and peace.
  2. Achieve long-term goals—The first step to goal-setting is to define the outcome you want. Once you’ve outlined the specific action steps needed to get you there, journaling can act as a form of accountability, reminding you to check in with your progress and stay on track.
  3. Strengthen memories—At Appointed, our love of the classic pen and paper is driven by its practicality and effectiveness—the act of physically writing something down helps us remember things better (illustrated even in recent studies), process complex tasks more clearly, and provides space to explore new ideas. Interestingly, a clinical trial from 2001 found that expressive writing (like journaling) can increase our working memory capacity—important to reasoning and decision-making.
  4. Inspire new ideas—The simple act of writing with a pen and paper can transform your creativity. Giving yourself the time and space to explore your thoughts free of digital distractions could be just what you need to ignite your next great idea.
  5. Create an archive—Sticking with a journaling habit will make it easy to see your progress over time, as you slowly but surely fill the pages with daily entries. Flipping through the pages of your journal can serve as an archive of your mindset during a particular time, or even as a simple record of your day-to-day life.

 

Our Top Tips For Getting Started

  1. Pair your habits—When starting a new habit or routine, try pairing the new behavior in with an already established routine. For example, if I have coffee at the kitchen table every morning, I might set a goal to journal at the same time.
  2. Create a peaceful space—A quiet, calm space that is free of distractions from your phone or devices is ideal for a journaling practice.
  3. Set a timer—Starting small is always a good idea when implementing a new habit, so try setting a timer for 3-5 minutes the first week when it’s time to journal. This way you’ll get a feel for how quickly the time can fly by and not overcommit when you’re just starting out.
  4. Choose tools that inspire—We know that the tools you use can have a huge impact on your attention. Looking forward to using your favorite notebook and pen can inspire you to get creative and stick with it.
  5. Explore different styles to find what works for you—Whether it’s a simple retelling of the day's events, a stream-of-consciousness practice, a response to a prompt, or a single sentence, your journal is what you make it.

 

Journaling Prompts for Everyday

  • List 1-3 things you’re grateful for today.
  • When today did you feel most at peace?
  • What is something new you learned today?
  • What has inspired you recently?
  • Name 1 thing you’re looking forward to.
  • What are your top 3 goals or priorities for the month? What small actions can you take tomorrow to make them happen?
  • What are 2-3 activities that help you relax?
  • How would you describe yourself? How would a close friend or loved one describe you?
  • Describe your perfect day.
  • What advice would you give to your teenage self?
  • Describe the last dream you can remember.
  • What are your strengths in relationships?
  • What about your work feels fulfilling or important?
  • Name a recent triumph or success that you’re proud of.
  • What values are most important to you? Have your values changed over time?

 

Now is the time to begin a journey of self-discovery and creativity with a journaling practice. Check out our brand new subscription program, Appointed Post, for best-in-class notebooks delivered on your schedule (and never miss another great idea). Happy journaling! 

SUBSCRIBE TODAY   

Related Posts

Change Your Day in Under Five Minutes—The Easiest Way To Use a Planner

Today we’re sharing how your planner can make a difference in your productivity and wellness right away. Read on for our one essential step to using a paper planner, and get ready to change your entire day in under five minutes.

Read more

How To Thrive in Remote Work: Tips for Success From the Appointed Team

Here at Appointed, the past few years tasked us with navigating a new normal—balancing remote and hybrid schedules for a team that had formerly been all under one roof. Read on for my favorite solutions for common work-from-home problems, plus a few remote work management tips from our Sr. Direct to Consumer Manager.

Read more

Four Tips To Start the School Year Strong

Whether you’re a parent with school-age kids or gearing up for a new college semester, de-stress the season by putting a few simple tips into practice. Read on for four easy steps to start the new school year strong.

Read more

Why Pen and Paper is Your Best Choice for Travel Planning

Go analog with classic pen and paper for your easiest travel planning yet (and to make sure you don’t forget a thing). Here are our top suggestions for getting organized before you’re en route, and pro tips for enjoying the ride.

Read more

Summer Bullet Planning Ideas To Embrace Adventure and Inspire Creativity

We’ve compiled our favorite ideas for new seasonal spreads, summer-inspired theming, and more to make the most of our new favorite season. Grab your A5 journal, favorite accessories, and a cool drink, and read on for fresh new ideas from the planner experts.

Read more

Build a Better Study Routine: Our Top Planner Tips for College Students

Your Planner Is a Time-Management Tool College is a time in your life when you can most benefit from a planner system. Juggling endless readings, weekly assignments, and semester-long research papers is a challenge. Previously...

Read more

10 Easy Steps To Set Up Your New Planner

Through years of planner practice, we’ve discovered the best ways to maximize our planners, what works, and what doesn’t. We also know that getting starting with a brand new system can sometimes be the hardest part, so we’ve put together an easy-to-follow 10 steps to set up your planner for success. Let’s get planning.

Read more

Spring Cleaning Tips: From Clutter To Clean in Under 30 Minutes

If you’ve been meaning to make a change in your office or work-from-home setup, what better time than the first official week of spring? Kick-start the season with our favorite tips and tricks for easy tidying that you can get done in under 30 minutes (and get ready to enjoy that fresh space feeling).

Read more

Using Color To Organize Your Planner

One tried and tested technique we can get behind? Using color to organize our planners. Today we’re outlining step-by-step instructions on how to color-code, tips for making a system that works for you, and all the tools you need to get started.

Read more

Healthy Habits To Track In The New Year

Building positive habits is foundational to daily productivity. Whether devoting a few minutes each day to work toward a months-long goal, or adding a simple routine to boost your mental or physical wellness, small actions (when done with repetition) can have an outsized impact. Today we’re walking you through the ins and outs of habit tracking, plus a few habit ideas to get you started.

Read more

How To Stick To Your New Year Goals

Whether you’re a part of the nearly 30% of Americans who set specific resolutions this year, or are still defining what type of changes you’d like to make in 2022, now may be the time to rethink your resolutions, get real about what works, and implement strategies for success. Read on for our top tips for sticking to your goals and getting back on track (even when motivation is lacking).

Read more

Tips For Getting Organized In The Year Ahead

Today, we're walking you through our top tips for goal setting, workspace curating, habit building, and more for a fresh start in the new year. Read on for easy-to-implement strategies...

Read more

Getting Organized For The Holidays

From our most popular planning formats to all-new designs, we've created complementary digital downloads specifically for the season. 

Read more

Q&A: Making The Most Of Our Notebooks

Discover why our interiors are intentionally designed with one-sided pages, how to optimize your Notebook for personalization and creativity, and our favorite accessories to design your ultimate organizational tool.

Read more

Comments

write a comment

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Your Bag

{property.name}: {property.value}
Maximum available quantity

Oops... Your bag is empty

Start shopping