30 Daily Journal Prompts to Start Writing {Free PDF Printable Included!}

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Using daily journal prompts is an easy way to start writing every day. 

Journaling is a wonderful activity for mental health, self-growth, relaxation, and self-care. It’s one of the best ways to check in with yourself and gain clarity about your life. It’s also a simple way to unwind and regain a sense of inner peace after a hectic day.

If you want to start a daily journaling habit, these 30 daily journal prompts are perfect to get started. They’re perfect for adults, college students, and anyone who wants to explore the joys of journal writing.

The journal questions will last about a month if you write one question per day, which is perfect for beginner writers. There is plenty to write about, and the topics are interesting, but you won’t feel overwhelmed.

Of course, you can write as many journal questions as you like per day. Take as much time or as little as you’d like for each topic. And have fun!

To get started, read through the list of daily journal prompts. Then, download and print the free PDF printable worksheet at the end of the list. No email is required.

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Without further wait, here are some great journaling questions to help you start journaling daily! We will talk about ideas for making journaling a daily habit, what else to include in a daily journal, and other FAQs in just a moment.

30 Daily Journal Prompts to Start Writing

  1. What are you most excited about for today?
  2. Who makes you feel happiest in life and why?
  3. What are you most grateful for in your life?
  4. Write about the best day you’ve had recently.
  5. What challenges have you overcome in life?
  6. What are you most proud of?
  7. Write about one of your happiest memories.
  8. List 10 things you love about yourself.
  9. What are your blessings in life?
  10. How can you make the world a better place?
  11. What do you want to improve in your life?
  12. List 5 short-term goals and 10 long-term goals.
  13. Where would you like to travel and where would you stay?
  14. What adventures would you like to have?
  15. List some material possessions would you like to own.
  16. Jot down a list of books to read, movies to watch, or topics to learn about.
  17. What is your dream job?
  18. Who would you like to meet?
  19. What excites you about the future?
  20. What do you miss most about the past?
  21. Describe your perfect day in detail.
  22. What are some new hobbies you’d like to try?
  23. Who or what inspires you?
  24. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  25. What are the most valuable life lessons you have learned?
  26. How would you describe yourself to someone you’ve never met?
  27. What makes you laugh the most?
  28. What are your spiritual beliefs?
  29. Describe your ideal lifestyle.
  30. What advice would you give your younger self?

Free Daily Journal Prompts PDF Printable 

You can download these journal prompts below for free. Then print them out and use them anytime you want, as you wish!

30 Daily journal prompts free PDF printable worksheet

Enjoy, and feel free to share!

Why have a daily journal?

As mentioned, journaling is great for relaxation, stress relief, mental health, and gaining clarity about life. 

Journal writing is also fun! You can write down your dreams, plan for your future, doodle, make bullet-style lists for productivity, keep a record of your daily life, and so much more. Journaling is a joyful creative outlet that can stretch your imagination.

What to Include in a Daily Journal

For your daily journal, you may want to include the date and time, depending on if you plan to look back over your writing later. You may also want to jot down notes about your current mood, plans for the day, or upcoming events.

Your daily journal can be used in many ways. It can be a place to track your progress on goals, keep a record of your daily activities, or vent your feelings. It all depends on what feels right to you. Use your intuition to write what you need to get out of your mind and onto paper, and don’t be afraid to write candidly. Your journal is for your eyes only.

You can be as organized or disorganized as you’d like in your daily journal. There are no rules, no right or wrong way to keep a journal.

My journals are messy and tend to look like a mad scientist wrote in them. They include to-do lists, goals, dreams, doodles, and many haphazard creative ideas. I consider my style of journaling to be the opposite of bullet journaling (which is totally great by the way.) 

Related: 12 Weekly To-Do List Printables: Free PDFs to Stay on Task

Other Good Ideas for Daily Journal Writing

Daily journal prompts make great journaling exercises but also consider adding art to your journal. You could paint, collage, or practice hand-lettering inspirational quotes, for example. Because sometimes words alone can’t express how you feel.

You may also feel inspired to create a:

  • Daily travel journal.
  • Baby, new mom, or family journal.
  • Honeymoon journal.
  • Fitness journal.
  • Business journal.
  • Self-discovery journal.
  • And more!

I think it’s a fun idea to create separate journals for different events or time periods in your life. 

Related: 15 Creative Art Journal Pages for Inspiration

How to Make Journaling a Daily Habit

If your goal is to journal every day, then good for you! Journaling is a wonderful daily habit to develop. To make sure you stick to writing every day, try the following tips:

  • Create or choose a special writing place in your home.
  • Try journaling outside in nature, in a cafe, or on the bus.
  • Write at the same time each day.
  • Always have journals on hand and accessible.
  • Minimize distractions when writing.
  • Set up some crystals, light a candle, or use other props to help you get in the writing mood.
  • Or don’t get in the writing mood- just start writing!
  • Allow yourself to write nonsense and incomplete sentences. Scribble freely.
  • Don’t judge what comes up.
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Concluding Thoughts

I hope you liked these daily journal prompts!

I enjoy writing journaling questions because they are the same exact questions I would ask myself. Things I think of, that I figure others may benefit from thinking about or writing about. And of course, I simply love writing! What about you?

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