We are already in March! Over 2 full months have passed since the start of the year, and we are now into our third. The start of the year can always feel like a lot of pressure to accomplish our goals, build new habits and “sort out” our lives. But the truth is that sometimes we can’t make all the changes we want to straight away. The best thing to do, is allow yourself to settle into the new year and then reflect on where you want to grow in 2023. Journaling is a really effective way to understand yourself and your thoughts, but also a platform to explore your goals and where you are heading.
We have put together a list of journal prompts for you to dive into! Some people like to use prompts for inspiration and then prefer to journal freely once they have answered a few. This can help to reduce the brain fog and block you may experience when you first sit down to journal. However, some like to use journal prompts as their only source of journalling, and that is also perfectly fine. Journalling is a personal tool, and everyone will have a different way to journal that suits them
10 prompts that will encourage personal and professional growth in 2023:
1. Reflect on what you have done in January and February. Think logically, in terms of actions you have taken, jobs you have done or places you have been.
2. Name 3 emotions that summarise how you have felt in February 2023.
3. Are you happy with the personal growth you have made during these months?
4. Referring to the above question, if you are happy with your growth, what did you do? If not, what specific things aren’t your happy with?
5. Name 3 habits that you want to focus on in the coming weeks. Why do you want to build or break these habits?
6. Describe your perfect day to me. What would it look like?
7. What do you want to personally accomplish by the end of March? Is there anything specifically that if you achieved by April, you would be proud of yourself for, in regards to your personal growth?
8. Is there anyone you want to reach out to in the next few weeks? A friend you haven’t spoken to for a while because you have been too busy?
9. What is one professional goal that you want to achieve by the end of the year? It is important to look at your short term goals for March but also to zoom out and look further into the future.
10.How are you going to show yourself self-love and care this month? This doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time. Can you make the time to spend an afternoon having a bath or going for a long walk?
It is so important to focus and work towards goals, if you are looking to grow as a person, but it is also important to ensure that your mental health, and your happiness is also a priority.
The below 5 prompts are here to help you explore what brings you joy and happiness:
1. Name 1 activity that brings you joy. Think about what boosts your mood when you are doing it, and what leaves you feeling good afterwards. Maybe this is a sporting activity, do you enjoy running or walking? Perhaps you feel joy when you read, or play chess? There is no right or wrong answer to this question.
2. What was your favourite thing about February? Reflect on the last month and write about when you felt happiest and what you enjoyed.
3. Who has brought you joy? Think about the people in your life, and reflect on the person who has made you feel good in the last few weeks. A partner, friend or maybe a stranger that you met?
4. What made you smile today?
5. Where/what’s your happy place?
And finally, here are 5 random fun prompts that can help you to start journalling if you find in hard to keep the habit. Or these are for you if you want to have some fun with your journalling!
5 fun light-hearted prompts:
1. What colour do you feel like today and why?
2. How would you spend your last day on earth?
3. If you could change one thing about your town or city, what would it be?
4. What is your favourite sport?
5. You just won £1,000,000. What are you going to do first?
Make sure you have a notebook that you love! Making journalling a daily habit is made easier when you can write in your favourite notebook!
Check out our Evolve Project Book – they are available in both A4 and A5 and are made using recycled and responsibly sourced materials. Not only are these notebooks eco-friendly, they’re also recyclable too!
Click here to find out more information and to get started with using our journalling prompts!