Personal Wellness

10 Thought-Provoking Journal Entry Ideas To Help You Unplug

Jan 21, 2020
Last Updated Jun 1, 2023

Looking for a simple way to slow down in the midst of your hectic schedule? Journaling might be the answer.

Journaling is a powerful mental health tool that’s been shown to alleviate stress, manage anxiety, and produce an overall relaxing effect. Plus, it’s a creative outlet that encourages you to unplug, at least for a few minutes.

Here are some journal entry ideas to get you started:

I am grateful for…

This gratitude journal prompt is one of the most common, and for good reason. Practicing gratitudeis a great way to reduce tension, reflect on life, and celebrate wins both big and small.

I love my ability to…

What’s your best skill as an employee? What’s your hidden talent? Give yourself credit for the many amazing things you can do. 

I am unique because…

Take five minutes to think about what makes you stand out from the crowd. Maybe it’s your sense of humor, your one-of-a-kind hobby, or your positive outlook. Whatever it is, embrace it.

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be…

When it comes to journal entry ideas, there are no rules or limits. If you could go anywhere in the world, no questions asked, where would you go and why? Plan out what you will do and who will come with you. 

I want to learn how to…

If there’s a skill you’ve been wanting to learn or a hobby you’ve been meaning to explore, now is the time to write about it. Not only will this journal prompt encourage you to think about past goals, it will motivate you to try something new.

My favorite memory with a friend is…

Writing about your friends is a great way to cultivate those important relationships. Give yourself time to think about your favorite moments spent with friends and how they shaped who you are today.

If I could have any superpower, it would be…

Out of all the journal entry ideas on our list, this one is probably the most fun. Imagine you’re a superhero and write about what power you have. Invisibility? Super speed? Take your pick.

My younger self would be proud of me today because…

Imagine what your younger self would think of you now. Maybe you’ve accomplished everything you thought you would in the past or maybe you chose a completely different path. This prompt will show you how far you’ve come.

My short-term goals are…

What are your goals for tomorrow? What about next week, or even the next hour? List out your short-term goals and describe how you’ll work to accomplish them. 

Some day, I will…

No goal is too extreme for this journal prompt. Whether you can achieve this goal tomorrow or in 20 years, dream big and write down what it is you want most in life. 

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