Writing Wednesday: Daily journaling prompts for August

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Back to school

Continuing our series on daily journaling prompts, here is a list of journaling topics for every day in August! This gives everyone some new ideas for journaling, and can help take the pressure off to think of something to journal about every day, especially for folks doing our Page Per Day Challenge.

August is back-to-school time for many students. Even if you are not a student or a parent of kids in school, August can mean back-to-busy time as summer vacations end and people start gearing up for autumn with all of its activities and impending holidays.

These journaling topics will help you transition from the lazy days of summer to the busy season.

Here are your daily topics to write, draw, collage or paint about for August 2016. If you like, you can share your answers with us on the Quo Vadis Page Per Day Challengers Facebook group!

1: What are your goals this month? What actions do you need to take to work your goals?

2: What were the most fun things you did (or are still doing) this summer?

3: Who did you enjoy spending time with most this summer? What were some of the things you did together, places you went etc?

4: Who did you say goodbye to this summer? Did you or someone you know move? Did your travel partner(s) have to go back to where they live? Did you have a transition like graduation or moving to a new job? Think of everyone who you said goodbye to, and what they have meant to you and your life.

5: What are some fun things you did with your family this summer?

6: Who in your family did you see this summer that you hadn’t seen in a long time? What do these people mean to you and your life?

7: What were some of your favorite foods you’ve eaten this summer? BBQ, fresh fruit, salads, exotic recipes? How can you incorporate more of these foods into your diet year ‘round?

8: Think of what is coming up later this month, and make a list of things you need to do to prepare.

9: Make lists of supplies you need to find or buy to prepare for things coming up later this month. Where will you buy them? What is your budget?

10: Look around your home and think of ways you can streamline your spaces. Can you create a landing space to put your bag when you get home instead of plopping it on a chair? Can you find an organized space to keep supplies you need to access on a regular basis? Mind-map ideas for better home organization.

11: Think of ways to streamline your time to prepare yourself for when things get busy. How can you batch together similar tasks, for example doing all your errands on one day, writing emails at certain times of the day, etc. Write in your planner the times when you will do these types of batched tasks.

12: If you will be taking classes or new activities, think of how you will incorporate study/ practice time into your schedule. For example if you are taking music lessons or a language class, when will you schedule your practice and study times? Block out these times in your planner and write your study plan for the upcoming month.

13: Who do you know who could help you? For example if you are starting a new class or learning a new skill, who do you know who is knowledgeable in this area? Make lists of people you can contact for assistance or advice.

14: Make a list of ways you can relax when things get busy. How do you like to unwind? Whether it’s meditation, yoga, walks in nature, or competitive sports, write your list now so that later you can quickly find ideas to help you decompress.

15: Mid month review! How are your goals coming along?

16: Do you have big projects coming up? Don’t get overwhelmed! Break down projects into individual tasks. Write a list of all the tasks you need to do for each project, then schedule these tasks into your planner.

17: What can you do to make your home a relaxing space? New curtains, cushions, scented candles? Write what your ideal relaxing space would look like, and think of how you can incorporate these into your current space.

18: What new roles will you be taking on this season? Make lists of ways you can prepare for these new roles. What do these new roles mean to you? To others?

19: Think about what has changed over the past year. What was different one year ago than it is now?

20: Think about what you have accomplished over the past year, and list your accomplishments (personal, work, school etc.).

21: Accomplishments require hard work. What work did you do to reach your accomplishments? What sacrifices did you have to make (studying instead of going out, etc.)?

22: Now look at what you hope to accomplish over the upcoming 12 months. Write your goals. Imagine your life 12 months from now: what does it look like? What have you completed?

23: Now write a game plan for what you will need to do to reach those goals. What do you need to do to get there?

24: What are some roadblocks you might face along the way? Write lists of things that could get in your way, and write ideas for ways to get around them.

25: Write lists of your benchmarks: What will you have accomplished 1 month from now, 3 months from now, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months from now? Fill in your timeline and deadlines in your planner.

26: Write lists of ways you will reward yourself for reaching each benchmark. List small rewards for reaching smaller goals, and think of something big to reward yourself with at the end of the 12 months!

27: What are you looking forward to this season? What are you excited about? Write a list or a paragraph about what is coming up.

28: Who are some people you have met this month? Where are they from, and what do they do? Who would you call if you: needed help/ wanted to go do something fun/ wanted to learn something new/ needed a sympathetic ear?

29: Look ahead to next month. List any big events you need to prepare for.

30: What good things happened this month?

31: Month review! Evaluate your progress. What have you accomplished this month? What do you still need to work on?


The new list for the following month comes out on the last Wednesday of each month. Look for September’s daily journaling prompts here on Quo Vadis blog on Wednesday August 31st!

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