5 Epic Journal Prompts to Get Unstuck

A Quick Guide To Using Journal Prompts

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Never be afraid to find out who you truly are underneath it all.

1. What do you most desire for your life and the future?

Let’s not beat about the bush. I’m starting with a big one because it really is worth spending time getting to grips with this.

2. What is the ONE thing I can do to move forward with my goals?

This is a bastardised version of Gary Keller’s tool, “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” His version is a bit wordy for me, plus — as a massive anxiety sufferer, I can’t really comprehend everything else being easier or unnecessary. So as a Bullet Journal technique, I like to keep lists or brain dumps of all the things I need to do, and then just pick one that will help the wheels start to glide again. I’m sure you get the picture. It’s about not thinking you have to do all the things, but focusing on the one that is most critical to unlock all the other things getting done.

3. List the things you SHOULD do versus the things you WANT to do.

This is a great way to separate out all the things that are clogging up your to-do list and draining you of energy, and find out what you’d rather be doing. I once heard this or read it in a book, or something like that, and it really resonated with me. My head used to be filled with all these things I felt like I ought to be doing, and the incessant people pleasing was exhausting.

4. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

I’m sure I heard this on Radio 4 and I was so inspired to try it — and I fell head over heels in love. This is the ultimate exercise in a style of journaling called “stream of consciousness.” This is where you don’t think, you just write. Let the words pour out on to the page without directing them or controlling them, or pausing to think.

5. What is the book you wish you could write?

I like this as a journalling prompt because it's a great way to move my ass out of any kind of wallowing or pity party I might be throwing for myself and remember what I was brought to this earth to achieve. It reminds me of my goals, it helps me structure my thoughts, and loosely come up with a plan, in the form of chapter outlines. Did I just give my book away? Dang it.

How to Use Journal Prompts

You don’t have to do these all at once. You don’t have to journal every day (I do because I love it). You can use these if you’re stuck about what to write, or if you just need a bit of a prod. Try keeping a note of your favourite prompts inside the cover of your journal and revisit as you need.

If you’re just starting out, try picking one prompt and spending 15 minutes on it.

The less thought you put into it or try to control it, the more you tap into your intuition — this is a “conscious stream” kind of journaling. This is a powerful way to tap into your subconscious, and can be very revealing. and if you find a thread or chain of thought that really works for you — run with it.


If any of this feels overwhelming or confusing, rein it in. These prompts are designed to help you get to know yourself and give you some answers, not be a thing to torture yourself with.


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