45 Productivity & Personal Development Journal Prompts
Updated: May 26
When I started my personal development journey, it honestly wasn’t intentional. I didn’t know what I was doing. I knew I had a lot of room for improvement, but I didn’t know where to start. I was in a really bad place with my mental health but I didn’t know how to pull myself out of the struggle.
It’s so amazing how the world works. One day, I randomly decided to read Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I saw the picture of the book on someone’s Instagram story and I thought the name was super intriguing, so I randomly bought it without looking at reviews or even knowing what it was about.
That’s where I started my journey. I read about her ability to accomplish so much by being intentional with her life. She created habits, reflected often, wrote her goals down, and so much more. So here I am, sharing how I’ve adapted that to my life.
None of these prompts should be a one-and-done, you should reflect on them as often as you can! Some can obviously be done less than others, but at least try to do these every couple of months. Throughout the list, I included some photos of my personal reflections in my journal. These are the prompts that I attempt to do at least once a week, as well as a few others. Enjoy!
- When do you feel genuinely happy? Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you with? How can you make this a regular occurrence?
- What would you be able to accomplish if you woke up an hour earlier?
- At the end of the day, write: Tomorrow, I can do a better job of ____ by ____.
- Write down 5 things you’d like to accomplish by the end of the year. How can you accomplish these goals? What can you be doing every day, week, and month?
- What are 10 things you love about yourself?
- What are 10 things you want to improve upon?
- If you could do one thing, knowing you wouldn’t fail, what would you do? What’s holding you back from trying now?
- Who do you look up to the most? Why? What qualities do they have? How can you be more like them?
- Think of a really hard time in your life. What could you have done to improve the situation, or your mindset about it?
- How did that shape you into the person you are today? How did it make you better?
- What do you want to be known for? If you can’t think of anything, name 3 qualities.
- What’s something that you love to do? Something that you can do when no one else is around, something self sufficient. If you can, I’d shoot for something that doesn’t require being online. (This step is way more important than you’d think. I was relying SO much on others for happiness before I found a passion in content creating and blogging. Now that it’s something that I can do on my own, I realize that I don’t really need other people to be around for me to be happy. It’s made a huge difference.)
Ex: reading, surfing, creating, running, etc.
- Pick a day, and make it your “productivity day”. (I personally recommend Sunday because it’s at the beginning of the week yet most people aren’t in school or at work). But once you’ve picked a day, what can you do to make sure that your week goes smoothly? How can you plan ahead?
Ex: meal prep, planning tasks for each week day, writing down your schedule, etc.
- Write down 10 things that you wish you had. There’s NO limitations on what you write down, so dream big. Let those things be your motivation for putting in the work every day.
- Write down what you're thankful for, especially the things you may usually take for granted.
- What are 5-10 non-materialistic things that you wish you had or hope you’ll have in the future?
Ex: a family, good relationship with your kids, 3 amazing friends that you could call on whenever, the ability to complete a marathon, being able to create your own schedule in your job, etc.
- What distracts you from being productive? How can you eliminate the distractions?
- What are 5-10 things that you can instantly go to when you’re having a bad day?
- What are your favorite self care practices? How can you start doing them on a regular basis?
- What are 5 things that you love about yourself and your body?
Ex: your eyes, your smile, your ability to run every day, the way you feel in a certain outfit, etc.
- Think about your future. What scares you? What makes you excited?
- What do you look for in a close friend? Why do you value those characteristics so much? Do you possess those qualities?
- What are your coping mechanisms? Are they healthy? If not, what can you switch to?
- Write a letter to someone who you need to forgive or get closure with. Even if you don’t actually send the letter, “tell” them how they made you feel. Say what you need to say to give yourself closure.
- Write a list of 10 things you need to remember during difficult times.
- Write down some of your recent accomplishments.
- How are you right now? How do you feel? Why? - Be honest with yourself. Really think about this question.
- Write about something that you’ve been holding onto for a while. Something that you’ve “put away” for a while. Let yourself process the situation, write down your emotions, and figure out how to move on from there.
- Describe your future “dream life”.
- What’s something you’re worried about? Why? Are your fears actually rational?
- When’s the last time you did something for someone else?
- Write up a new morning routine. What do you want to include? In what order? At what times?
- What are the most important things in your life right now?
- After writing about what’s most important to you: Are you giving those things the attention that they need? If not, how can you be?
- How can I be using my free time more wisely?
- If I had more free time, what would I accomplish? How can I make that a reality now?
- Create a mental health tracker.
- Describe the closest 5 people to you. What are they like? How are they serving you? Are they taking anything away/stopping your progression?
- Am I embodying a positive or a negative person? Do I look on the bright side and try to find the good, or do I find myself dwelling on the things I wish I could have or fix?
- Are you enjoying what you’re doing? This applies to all aspects of your life. Do you like your job, friends, partner, normal activities, etc.
- Are you jealous of anyone? If so, why? What do they have that you don’t? If it’s something you truly want, how can you change your life to accommodate that priority?
- Name 5 habits that you’d like to quit.
- Name 5 habits you’d like to begin.
- What do you do when you’re unmotivated? How can you force yourself to become motivated? If you need some help, check out my post: The Lazy Girl Guide to Staying Motivated.
- Picture your best self. What is she doing every day? What are her qualities? What’s she accomplishing? How do you start showing up that way?
So, that’s what I’ve got for you! If you decide to start a specific journal for personal development and want more prompts, just look on Pinterest for some other ideas! That’s where I get my inspiration to write.
Make sure that you go through these prompts with plenty of time and an open mind for genuine reflection. Make the best of it! xoxo