Four Ways to Use Journal Prompts
INTEGRATING PROMPTS INTO YOUR BULLET JOURNAL
One of my favorite ways to Fill A Notebook up is to utilize journal prompts. They take a lot of the thought out of journaling and keep it from becoming too much of a task for me. Today I thought it’d be good to dive a little deeper with four ways to introduce and actually use those journal prompts you see on Pinterest and hundreds of blogs online.Spoiler Alert: I’ve got some journal prompts down below for you!
SPLIT THE JOURNAL PAGE UP
Break up the journal page to help you break that new page tension. Split up the page and create a simple format with only the day/date, the journal prompt, and your response. This will not only help you get started but the limited amount of space will keep you from feeling too intimidated. If you need more room, move on to the next available page, but if you don’t…no harm done to your pretty little journal.
USE JOURNAL PROMPTS IN YOUR MONTHLIES
Do you have a monthly overview page or spread in between each new month? This is a great place to plug in a journal prompt or two. Add a simple journal prompt every month in your monthly overview (new month) or monthly reflection (end of month) pages.
Easy questions to ask yourself every month:
- In the past month, what have I learned?
- In the next month, what ambition or goal will I set out to achieve?
- What new financial task will I address this month?
Going over the same topics every month can be an easy way to keep your goals and long-term tasks in check. You’ll be able to reflect on struggles while they are fresh in the mind, and come up with new ways to approach your ultimate intention.
USE JOURNAL PROMPTS IN YOUR DAILY JOURNALING
Ask yourself a question, or answer a prompt, every single day. Regular prompts will easily help you fill your notebook. As part of your reflection every evening, you could pick a prompt to write or illustrate a response to. One line a day is a really simple style that many like to put to use as well.I sometimes don’t have time to journal daily and will instead just use a weekly page (or spread). A journal prompt/question for the week is a great option for times like these. I can still add a little bit of what my current life looks like, while keeping my days in line.
OF COURSE I’VE GOT A FREEBIE FOR YOU: 12 MONTHS OF JOURNAL PROMPTS
Y’all know I love a good freebie. I created a full list of journal monthly prompts and broke them up by the month for you. There are topics like: budgeting, fears, relationships, and decluttering. I also created a few bonus pages, just for fun. My favorite is Self Care Bingo, I have done something similar in almost all of my bullet journals so far. The whole PDF is available both in Letter and A5 size. These sizes are most universally used so I hope they are useful to you. There are over 75 prompts so there’s tons of jumping off points, and you can start anytime in the year. You can simply click here to enter your email and I'll send it right over.
A FEW FINAL JOURNAL PROMPT TIPS
- Don’t type, hand write all of your journal prompt responses. I made the digital prompts above with space so that you could write in your remarks.
- Set a timer, sometimes it helps take the pressure off. It also can be helpful for those moments when you don’t want to get too lost in thought.
- Start off big picture. Answer your prompts broadly and then break down the response from there if you need to. Sometimes it’s as simple as coming up with an answer and then the floodgates open right up!
- Answer the journal prompts without words. Use song lyrics/titles only or try doodling your response to the prompt.