Writing is one of the most cathartic experiences out there. As Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Sometimes, life can get so chaotic that our thoughts become jumbled, our intuition becomes muddy and we can’t tell which way is up. But writing things down on paper is one of the best ways to organize your thoughts and understand what’s really going on inside.
Don’t know what to write about? Here are five easy prompts for that brand new journal of yours:
Write about your day. Sometimes, your journal can simply be a diary of life events: both mundane and significant. Not only are entries like this so interesting to look back on in the future, but they can also help you work through any problems or worries that arose during your day.
Write about what you’re grateful for. If you’re ever in a bad mood, listing off the things you’re grateful for in life is a surefire way to elevate your spirits. No matter what, there’s always something to be grateful for, and it’s crazy to think how easily we lose sight of this simple fact.
Write down your goals for the next week, month and year. Setting realistic goals can be such a great way to get motivated, organized and excited about the future. Plus, writing down your goals on actual paper makes them much more tangible and concrete, which brings you one step closer to achieving them.
Make a to-do list. Sometimes, things can get a little crazy, and it can be hard to keep track of assignments, emails, meetings and the like. Writing down the tasks you need to accomplish can help you stay organized and stress-free because you won’t be worrying about remembering things all the time!
Write about what you’re feeling and try to pinpoint where your emotions are coming from. Feelings come and go all the time, and sometimes, we don’t even know why. Journaling can help you understand your own thoughts and emotions so you can better control them in the future.
How do you like to journal it out? Let me know in the comments!