Reflective Journal Prompts

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If you start writing in a reflective journal, you might end up staring at a blank computer screen every once in a while when it's time to write. To avoid a frustrating writing session, consider using prompts to get your ideas flowing. Next time you decide to record your thoughts, take a look at these reflective journal prompts.

About You

The simplest journal prompts make it easy for you to think carefully about yourself and record your thoughts. For example:

  • What's your ideal birthday gift? Why?
  • Do you have any unique skills that make you stand out, and do you use them enough?
  • What do you hope to be doing with your life in a year? What about in a decade?
  • What kinds of thoughts help you fall asleep at night?
  • How do you want to improve yourself?
  • What values are most important to you?
  • Where do you want to go on your next vacation? What do you want to do there?
  • What are you looking forward to?

Your Experiences

If you cannot think of what to write about in your reflective journal, think about your history. There's a wealth of information to be considered and written about when you reflect on your past, whether you focus on your childhood or just the past week. Consider these prompts for reflective journals:

  • How have you grown in the past year?
  • When was the last time you felt truly content, and why did you feel that way?
  • What's your favorite memory?
  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?
  • What was your first memory, and why do you think you remember that event in particular?
  • How was your day? What were the highs and lows?

Your Beliefs

If you need a few more journal prompts, think hard about what you believe in and what you consider important. These questions can help you reflect:

  • Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens or other supernatural beings? Why?
  • What do you think of miracles? Have you ever experienced one?
  • Which invention are you most impressed by?
  • What are your religious beliefs (if any)? What do you think about the religious beliefs of others?

Your Relationships

Your relationships with other people help shape your world, so it's nice to reflect on them once in a while as you journal:

  • Which relationships in your life are most important to you?
  • Do you feel like you have improved someone's life at some point? If so, describe how.
  • What qualities do you look for in good friends? How about in potential partners?
  • What are your favorite family's traditions?
  • How do you feel about your current relationship with your friends? Your family members?
  • If you could be friends with anyone in the world, who would it be? Why?

Whether you’re writing in a bible journal, a work diary, or a reflective journal, If you want to write some really thoughtful posts but cannot seem to get started, these writing prompts should help.

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