30 days of journaling

writer: emma ranne
Picture: Emma Ranne

journaling, pineapple plants and crystals 

Journaling is a great way to keep your mind and ideas organized, to get your creativity flowing and to reflect on your mood, dreams and thoughts. It can help you discover new things about yourself. What are the things you feel passionate about? What do you actually dream of? What makes you happy?

The more you write the better you get at it, but getting started can sometimes feel tough. But what do people even write about? We’ve made a list of 30 journaling prompts to encourage you to just give it a go. Get an empty journal and try to fill at least a page a day. If you find it hard to find time for your writing you could try and make it a part of your morning or evening habits. Put your phone away, put some nice tunes on, brew a cup of tea and for a moment just focus on your thoughts and pour them on a piece of paper.


30 days of journaling

  1. How did you feel when you first woke up today? Do you remember any bits and pieces from what you dreamt last night?

  2. Describe with lots of details what your perfect day would be like.

  3. Set 3 goals for this month and write a plan on how you’ll achieve them.

  4. What is something that you would love to do more, and what is stopping you from doing it. What could you do about this?

  5. What new skill would you love to learn?

  6. Pick a random song (put your playlist on shuffle and go with the third one). Close your eyes and listen. What do you see and feel?

  7. What were your favorite things to do as a child?

  8. Think of a city you have wanted to visit for some time. Describe how the city feels, what you see, hear and smell. What would your daily routine look like if you were there. Is there anything in your list of things that you could do today to create some holiday feel in your own city?

  9. Write a letter to someone you love

  10. What are your 10 favorite songs at the moment?

  11. What inspires you at the moment?

  12. Write about a fail in your love life.

  13. Go to the library and pick a bunch of random books. Go sit in a nook and look just at the words. Fill a page with those words that capture your eye.

  14. Do some research of a topic that interests you. Maybe photography, a brand, crystals, a famous architect. Write a little brief of what you learned.

  15. Write about something that puts your mind down on a regular basis by annoying or just bothering you? What could you do to minimize this?

  16. Write about a book that made an impact on you.

  17. What kind of things do you like to take photos of?

  18. What would your perfect brunch be like? What would you cook? Who would you invite? Where would you organize it?

  19. Write about a perfect summer day you experienced last summer.

  20. What have you learned in the past year?

  21. Imagine your dream home. Where would it be? How would it feel? Write about it in detail.

  22. Write a short story about a stranger you noticed today.

  23. Make a list of 10 things that make you happy.

  24. Collect your favorite quotes on this page. Which one fits your mood the best at the moment?

  25. What is would your dream job be like? Don’t label it with a name. Write about the things you’d love to be doing.

  26. If you were a shop owner, what would you sell?

  27. Write down the perfect cafe playlist. Put it on and fix a warm drink for yourself.

  28. Pick a color and try paying extra attention to it today. Where do you spot the color?

  29. What stresses you at the moment. Write a plan for how to deal with these things.

  30. What is the most beautiful thing you can think of? Go abstract.