What is Journal Prompting?

We are here to offer a journal prompt to help you inspire your journal entry. Writers can easily get our free 21-day journaling challenges with pre-written journal prompts to overcome bad habits and establish new positive patterns in life.

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A journal prompt is a thought-provoking statement that helps inspire your journal entry. Both new and seasoned writers alike can benefit from journal prompts. For novice writers, prompts help laser focus attention on a statement or question that begets elaboration. 

And for seasoned writers, it is an effective method of overcoming dreaded writer’s block. Either way, a journal prompt is an effective way to help laser focus your attention on a statement or question and then elaborate fully on it with a journal entry.

guided journal prompts

At JournalOwl, writers can enroll in our free 21-day journal prompt challenges with pre-written journal prompts designed to help you overcome bad habits or establish new positive patterns in life. Overcomers enroll in a challenge and journal their way to better habits. It is a fun, effective, and inspiring way to dive deep into the psychological, emotional, and physical aspects of life’s habitual patterns. 

We provide a variety of prescriptive health & wellness challenges, mental fitness challenges, educational, and spiritual challenges. 

Here is a small sampling of our health & wellness challenges:  

  • Alcohol Free Challenge
  • Sugar Free Challenge
  • Dairy Free Challenge
  • Caffeine Free Challenge
  • Smoke Free Challenge
  • Weight loss with journaling challenge

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If following a prescriptive journaling plan is too rigid for your liking, JournalOwl has millions of journal prompts to choose from based on a variety of moods, keywords, and emotions. For example, if you are searching for journal prompts that will help you better manage anxiety - you can search through quotes and journal prompts related to Anxiety. 

Here is a quick example of some quotes that might inspire your journal writing exercises related to anxiety and choice: 

I'm an optimist by choice not by stupidity.
Kamal Ravikant
When something comes from within, when it is a part of you, you have no choice but to live it, to express it.
W. Clement Stone
Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.
William James
When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.
Albus Dumbledore
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Jim Rohn
Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
James Allen
A person is only by the thoughts that he chooses.
Sonia Ricotti
We can choose to look at whatever we want. We can look at what's wrong in our life or we can look at what's right.

Start journaling today with others around the world!

If love and kindness are your thing - we offer a large variety of quotes and journal prompts related to that genre. Here is a quick sample:

Colin Powell
Remain calm. Be kind.
Ming-Dao Deng
Help others for all the times that you have been ignored. Be kind to others, for all the times that you have been scorned.
Roy T. Bennett
Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.
Amelia Earhart
The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Maxime Lagace
Show kindness but never expect it. Show authenticity but never expect it. Only the wise are indifferent to things they can't control.
Wayne Dyer
The more you extend kindness to yourself, the more it will become your automatic response to others.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
James Matthew Barrie
Always try to be a little kinder than necessary.

If you're looking for a more holistic and guided journal prompting exercise - we offer a growing library of community-inspired options. 

Each of our prescriptive journal prompt journeys are designed to help you understand what you are aiming to accomplish, why you want to accomplish it, and what your action plan is to sustain this “new you” going forward. 

By committing to 21 days of continuous introspection, JournalOwl can help you dissect and interrupt negative emotional patterns. One example is journaling for weight loss. Many of our members use journaling as a means to analyze their existing eating habits. Here's how:

  • Take 5 minutes to think about your morning breakfast routine over the last month. 
  • Do you habitually put sugar in your coffee? Now write for 5 minutes about your daily routine.
  • What emotion do you generally feel before indulging in a sugary treat? 
  • Now write about this emotion that propels you to indulge in sugary treats. 
  • Does consuming sugar temporarily make the problem go away?
  • How do you feel the morning after indulging in sugary treats?

Another way that journal prompting can help you lead a better life is to envision yourself in the future: 

  • Imagine yourself 5 years from now. 
  • Now write a letter explaining how the short-term suffering and sacrifice you’re enduring at this moment has led to the strong, vibrant, and successful individual reading the letter in 5 years.

Do you notice how journaling can help you create the “why” for sustaining positive change in your life? Writing a letter to yourself and thoroughly explaining how the short-term pain will lead to long-term gain is key to sustaining change through challenging times. 

With JournalOwl TimeCapsule, you can privately and confidentially write letters to your future self about anything. With military-grade security and double-password protection, you never have to worry about someone knowing your innermost thoughts and desires. If you wish, you can share these letters with family members and revoke access at any time. 

Choose a topic and start writing today!