222 Journaling Prompts: Writing Ideas For Creative Self Discovery

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Journaling is a great way to not only make sense of your thoughts but also a creative way to understand who you are, what is important to you, and what is happening in your life.

Rather than staring at a blank page and wondering why the words won’t come, we’ve created 222 journaling prompts for you, all specifically designed to help you get to know yourself better.

Why Journaling Prompts?

Journal prompts are an easy way to help you get started with journaling and to help you establish a daily journaling practice.

Rather than having to always come up with new ideas of what to write about, these journal writing prompts help you to stop staring at a blank page and help you to write about specific topics rather than random and sporadic thoughts.

Journaling is a powerful tool that has many benefits including helping combat and manage mental health concerns, overcoming negative thoughts, and can even help you to become a better writer.

These journal prompts have been designed for creative self discovery, to help you get to know and understand yourself better and there are plenty of ideas listed to help you get started.

How To Use Journaling Prompts

There are no set rules as to how to use this list of journal prompts, the important thing is that you use them on a regular basis as a way to develop a regular journaling habit.

You can use these as daily journal prompts and they will give you over 6 months of prompt ideas.

The best thing is that they start to help you tap into your creative thinking, and when you get into the flow, your writing can become a safe space for you and can even help you process difficult emotions.

Some ideas on how to use these creative journal prompts include:

  • Using the journal prompt as a starting point and allowing stream of consciousness to flow from the prompt
  • Use the prompt as a guide and put dot points below of everything you think
  • Write your thoughts in complete sentences, and create a story like journal entry.
  • Add the prompt to your bullet journal.
  • Voice record your response to the journal prompt
  • Use the prompt daily to help you overcome writer’s block
  • Write each prompt out and place in a journal jar and pick randomly.
  • Start at the start of the list and work your way through daily.
  • Pick a prompt that resonates with you most.
  • Use a random number generator to randomly select a prompt for you.

Whatever method you choose, these journal prompts provide a great place for you to start your journaling for self-discovery:

When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.

222 Journaling Prompts For Self Discovery

  1. What is the biggest goal you’ve ever achieved? 
  2. Write a short story about your life. 
  3. What is your favorite book and why?
  4. If you were to say ‘that was the best thing that ever happened to me’ what would you be talking about?
  5. If you could write a quick note to your future self, what would it say?
  6. If you could give your younger self just one piece of advice, what would it be?
  7. Can you describe a single day in your life that you feel changed everything for you?
  8. Describe the first time you felt you were in love.
  9. What is something you absolutely love about your daily life?
  10. Who was your best friend when you were growing up? Who is your best friend now?
  11. What are some of the best compliments you’ve ever received?
  1. When you get to the end of your life, what are you worried will be your biggest regret?
  2. What is your favorite character in a book, movie, or TV show and why?
  3. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do in your life? 
  4. What is the most physically demanding thing you’ve ever done? 
  5. What has been the biggest mental hurdle you’ve had to work through? 
  6. Did you like high school? 
  7. If you had a chance to go back to high school and relive it or redo it, would you?
  8. When you get to this time next year, what do you hope you have achieved?
  9. How do you manage difficult situations? How do you wish you would handle them differently or are you happy with your current strategy? 
  10. What area of your life do you feel you have the most control over? 
  11. What area of your life do you feel you need to improve?
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. Do you think social media is good for the world and for people?
  2. What is your most favorite season of the year? 
  3. What are some of the things on your bucket list?
  4. What do you want your life to look like in 5 years?
  5. What does your dream day look like? 
  6. Describe a skill you’d like to learn and what you want to do with that skill. 
  7. What do you need in your life to be happy? 
  8. What makes you feel the most productive and organized? 
  9. What is something you’ve always wanted to do but never gotten around to doing? Why? 
  10. What is one good habit you’ve established? How did you create that habit for yourself?
  11. What is the last book you read and what did it mean to you?
  1. What are you most grateful for in your life right now? 
  2. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a place that brings you absolute joy – describe that place. 
  3. What is the biggest goal you want to achieve this year and what does achieving it mean to you? 
  4. What has been the biggest thing that has been stopping you from achieving your goals? 
  5. What drains the most amount of energy from you?
  6. What do you need in order to live the life of your dreams? 
  7. What did you want to be when you grow up? Is this still something you want? 
  8. What is your biggest motivator? 
  9. What are your values in life? 
  10. Describe someone who inspires you. 
  11. Are you happy with how you spend your time? What would you change? 
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. Describe one habit you want to remove from your life and how you plan to remove it.
  2. Describe how you feel when you have big changes happening in your life. How do you cope with them? 
  3. What do you want to spend more time doing this year? 
  4. What is one word you want to live by this year and what does it mean to you?
  5. Describe what makes you feel the most in control in your life. 
  6. Describe a time when you felt absolute confidence. 
  7. Describe what you need in order to recharge when you feel completely drained. 
  8. What is something you do in order to make yourself a priority in your life? 
  9. Are there any boundaries you need to establish in your life? What do these look like and how will they help you? 
  10. If you’re having a bad day, what can you do to lift yourself up and move out of your funk? 
  11. Describe your perfect day and what you need in order to make it a reality. 
  1.  What is making you happy right at this moment?
  2. Thinking back to one year ago, how did you imagine your life would look now? Does your current situation match how you thought it would be?
  3. What has been one of the biggest life lessons you’ve learned in the last year? 
  4. What was the last dream you remember having? What do you think it means? 
  5.  If you had to live the next month in the life of the last television show you watched, what would it be and what would you do?
  6. What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in the last year? 
  7. What moments take your breath away? 
  8. When you look in the mirror, what do you LOVE about yourself? 
  9. What is one lesson you want your children to learn in life? 
  10. What have you worried about lately that turned out to be less worrisome than it originally felt? 
  11. Describe your life as a movie – who would play the lead roles? What would the main plot be? 
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. If you could give one message to the entire world, what would it be? 
  2. What has been one of your biggest achievements in the last year? 
  3. If you could eliminate one stress from your life, what would that be and what would your life look like without it? 
  4. If someone were to interview you about your life, what questions would you want them to ask you? 
  5. If you were given the power to change one thing in the world right now, what would it be and why? 
  6. If you were to describe your soul mate, your ‘perfect’ person, what would they be like? 
  7. Describe how you’re feeling right now? 
  8. Think back to the last time you laughed so hard you cried. What was it about and who were you with? 
  9. If you were to open a door right now and it would transport you somewhere, where would that ‘somewhere’ be? 
  10. What do the different holidays throughout the year mean to you?
  11. What is your earliest happy memory? 
  1. If life gives you lemons, what do you do with them?
  2. If you were to write a fiction book, what would it be about? 
  3. Would you prefer fewer friends with deeper connections, or a wider variety of friendships? 
  4. What does friendship mean to you? 
  5. What does love mean to you? 
  6. How do you feel about the relationships you have with your family? 
  7. Which of your family members are you closest to and why? 
  8. What is your favorite thing about your family? 
  9. What traditions from your family do you want to continue with your own family? 
  10. Who had the most influence on your understanding of relationships?
  11. Are you happy with how your relationship is working at the moment? 
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. How do you like to be shown that you are loved? 
  2. What is the most difficult thing about your relationship at the moment? 
  3. When you see your friends, do you feel energized or drained afterward? 
  4. Describe something about your parent’s relationship that you admire? 
  5. How do you feel about the representation of romance in movies? 
  6. What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever been given? 
  7. What is something you love about yourself?
  8. What is your favorite fictional romance?
  9. How do you make yourself feel better when you’re disappointed or feeling down? 
  10. How do you feel about the amount of time you get to spend with your partner, friends, and family at the moment?
  11. As a teenager, what did you think marriage would look like? 
  1. What is your love language? Do you think it is an accurate representation of you?
  2. What are your top needs in a relationship? What are your ‘deal breakers’ in a relationship?
  3. Describe your ideal friend group.
  4. What do you do in order to show yourself love? 
  5. If you could plan the perfect date, what would it look like? 
  6. When you hear the words ‘self-care’ what do you think?
  7. What do you currently do that you feel is self-care?
  8. If you were to think about your ‘cup’ how full is it right now?
  9. When your ‘cup’ is empty, you feel…
  10. When your ‘cup’ is full, you feel…
  11. In the past, you have avoided self-care because…
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. You feel most like yourself when you…
  2. One of the things you love about yourself is…
  3. You make yourself a priority by…
  4. You are proud of yourself for…
  5. When you feel disconnected from yourself, you can reconnect by…
  6. Write down every positive thing you can think of about yourself…
  7. When you spend time alone, how do you feel?
  8. Describe three things you love to do for yourself…
  9. What are your core values in yourself and your life?
  10. What are you motivated by?
  11. Your current self-care mantra is…
  1. When you practice self-care, you want to feel…
  2. You are the best version of yourself when…
  3. The biggest priorities in your life right now are…
  4. You feel most in control when you…
  5. You feel calm and at ease when you…
  6. The thoughts that are currently running around your head are…
  7. If you could change one thing about how you feel about yourself it would be…
  8. When you look at yourself in the mirror, you feel…
  9. One of the most unique things about you is…
  10. One of the things you actually really love about yourself is…
  11. You believe in yourself because…
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. When you think back on the days you are happiest, this is what you are doing…
  2. When you wake up of a morning, you wish you could just…
  3. One fear you wish you could overcome is…
  4. When you hear the words ‘Dream Life’ you think…
  5. When you think about your perfect day, it looks like…
  6. Describe your dream career…. 
  7. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live _______, because….
  8. The one thing I feel that is stopping me from living my dream life is…
  9. When I leave this life, I want my legacy to be…
  10. If I could pinpoint one thing that is missing from my life, it would be…
  11. Who do you feel is the lead decision-maker in your life?
  1. You choose to surround yourself with people who love and support you. Who are they and why? 
  2. What is one habit you wish you could include in your day and why? 
  3. What is challenging you the most in life right now? 
  4. Do you feel like you are moving towards your goal at a pace you are happy with? 
  5. What is the biggest hurdle you need to overcome in order to achieve your goals? How can you overcome it? 
  6. Who do you feel gives you the most support in your life right now? 
  7. What is one aspect of your personality that you believe will help you to live your dream life? 
  8. What will it mean for you when you are living your dream life? 
  9. How do you know when you are truly happy? What does it look and feel like to you?
  10. What is a belief you have that you feel limits you from achieving your dream life? 
  11. What is one thing you could do right now to move you one step close to living your dream life? 
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. What makes you truly, to the core happy? 
  2. When do you feel most at peace?
  3. How does your current home make you feel?
  4. How do you feel about your life right now?
  5. What is one thing you would/could change in your life to make you happier?
  6. If you could live the perfect day, what would it look like?
  7. What is something you’ve always wanted to do in your life?
  8. Describe your relationship with money.
  9. What is the earliest memory you have of money?
  10. What is the money story from your childhood?
  11. Who taught you about money? 
  1. When you look at the balance of your bank account, how do you feel? 
  2. What does it look like to not have enough money?
  3. What would it look like to live a rich life? 
  4. Do you believe there is an endless supply of money?
  5. Why do you feel you are in your current financial situation?
  6. Do you want to change your current financial situation? Why?
  7. What would your life look like if you didn’t have to worry about money? 
  8. What is your biggest money ‘worry’ right now? 
  9. Has anyone ever made you feel not good enough because of money? Describe that situation. 
  10. What are your current financial goals?
  11. What financial goals have you had in the past that you have achieved?
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. What is the biggest money lesson you’ve learned? 
  2. Do you like money? Do you think money is good or bad? 
  3. Do you believe that having more money changes people? If so, how?
  4. Do you feel confident with your understanding of your current money situation?
  5. If you had enough money, you would no longer…
  6. Describe a day in your life where you felt rich and abundant
  7. What is the least helpful piece of money advice you’ve ever been given? 
  8. What words come to mind when you think about yourself?
  9. What is making you happy right now?
  10. What is making you sad/unhappy in your life at the moment?
  11. Does your life look like you thought it would?
  1. What is one of your big life goals?
  2. Do you actually believe you’ll achieve your goals?
  3. When you were young, were you supported to achieve your goals?
  4. Do you feel like you have the starring role in your own life?
  5. Are you happy right now?
  6. What would you say your core values as a person and in life are?
  7. What do you consider your strengths to be?
  8. What’s one thing you absolutely love about yourself?
  9. What would you change about your life right now? What’s stopping you from changing it?
  10. When something is worrying you, what do you do about it? How do you manage your worry?
  11. What legacy do you want your life to have? 
When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
  1. How does spending time alone make you feel?
  2. In regards to knowing yourself, what would you like to learn about or discover?
  3. Do you ever feel anxious? What are your triggers and how do you manage these anxious moments?
  4. What do you do for fun, that makes you feel pure joy? 
  5. What do you feel your role in this world is? 
  6. What is a daily habit you have that you want to change?
  7. How do you feel about the relationships in your life right now? 
  8. Do you feel like you have the right people around you to support you and help you achieve your goals/
  9. What do you do to help you feel calm, grounded, and at peace?
  10. What is blocking you from living a life you absolutely love right now? 
  11. What is currently on your mind? Brain dump everything.
  1. How do you feel about the world as a whole right now?
  2. Right now, at this moment, do you love yourself?
  3. What do you know today that you didn’t know 1 year ago?
  4. What emotions are you feeling at the moment? 
  5. How does your body feel right now? 
  6. Describe the last time you felt so joyful, light, and carefree.
  7. Who do you trust the most? Why?
  8. What is something you struggle to understand about yourself? 
  9. What is something you struggle to understand about the world?
  10. If you could change one thing in the world right now what would it be? 
  11. Do you feel comfortable when you feel your emotions or do you try to ‘get over’ them quickly? Why? 
  1. What are 3 simple things that bring you the most amount of joy? 
  2. What do you do to help you stay focused on a goal?

Hopefully this list has given you a great start to your journaling practice and helps you in self discovery and learning more about yourself.

When you don't know what to journal, here are 222 journaling prompts to help you get to know yourself.
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