I’ve just wrapped up the first type of journaling from my challenge—simple summaries of my life, right around a paragraph, just recording what I did that day. Overall, I think it’s a great kind of journaling for someone who’s looking for something nice and simple; it doesn’t require any special planning or prompts, and it’s really quick to bang out. I could write an entry within 90 seconds or so after I had a little bit of practice, which was great for when I had a free moment at work and remembered the challenge—I could just shoot out an entry right on the spot and then keep going with my day.
If you keep writing about the problem, eventually you’ll write down the answer.
It was also easy to mold that kind of journaling to what I was looking for in the day. There were times when I felt like reflecting a little bit harder on what I’d done or working out a challenge or a problem I was facing in school or with friends. The simplicity of the blank page in front of me was a great space for me to write about what was bugging me. When I took yoga classes in middle school, the instructor was a big fan of journaling, and she always told us, “If you keep writing about the problem, eventually you’ll write down the answer.”
That same blankness to the page, however, can be a drawback to some people. When I had something on my mind, it was freeing to have a blank page that I could do whatever I wanted with. Some days it could be intimidating to see a big space of nothing and not know how to begin filling it up.
That’s why, for this month, we’re going to be trying a totally different kind of journaling. Each day, I’ll be writing a 250-word response to a prompt, and I’ll get a new prompt every day. This type of journaling lets you get out your thoughts, think and work out various problems or aspects of your life, but in a more structured way than just “go write about your feelings!”
Here’s a set of journaling prompts you can use for the next two weeks –
Day 1: What’s one funny joke you heard today?
Day 2: Describe your perfect relaxing evening.
Day 3: What are your go-to Two Truths & a Lie?
Day 4: What’s a song lyric or poem you like and why?
Day 5: What are you excited for this summer?
Day 6: What do you wish you had more time to do?
Day 7: What can you not get off your mind?
Day 8: Write a letter to yourself from the first day of middle school.
Day 9: What’s the best dream you’ve ever had?
Day 10: What are your favorite smells?
Day 11: Name ten things you want to do in your life.
Day 12: How do you like to have fun with friends?
Day 13: How do you like to have fun by yourself?
Day 14: What’s your favorite thing to learn about?
If these prompts aren’t catching your fancy, you can change them out to whatever you want. The important thing is just to keep on writing. I’ll check back in a couple of weeks to see how you girls are doing, but for now, write on!