Writing Wednesday: Daily Journaling Prompts for January 2017

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Happy New Year

Continuing our series on daily journaling prompts, here is a list of journaling topics for every day in January! 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.

My friend Emelie once said, “January is the Monday morning of my year.” I think a lot of us feel this way! But this month I want to help you start off your year with optimism and energy. This month we’ll focus on ways to get out of your head via physical activity, what your goals are for the year, gratitude, and especially focusing on other people (which has been proven to increase mood).

If you didn’t look at December’s Daily Journaling Prompts, I recommend going to look at them here. They were all about evaluating your year, and thinking ahead to the upcoming year. It’s a good way to start the year with focus, and will help you figure out what you want for the upcoming year.

Here are your daily topics to write, draw, collage or paint about for January 2017. If you like, you can share your answers with us on the Quo Vadis Page Per Day Challengers Facebook group!

1: Happy New Year! Take a look at your annual goals for this year and decide what you can accomplish this month. Write your goals for the month, and think about how you will accomplish them.

2: What are you excited about in the coming month?

3: What events do you have coming up this month? What do you need to do to prepare for them?

4: What are your goals for work/ school this year? What do you need to do to accomplish them? What sacrifices and/ or compromises will you need to make in order to accomplish these goals?

5: What are your goals for your health and fitness this year? What do you need to change in order to improve your health? What do you need to stop doing?

6: What are your spiritual/ emotional goals this year? What can you do to improve your inner self and increase your serenity?

7: What can you do to help people this year? Whether it’s people you know, or people you don’t, what actions can you take to make others’ lives better this year?

8: Think of the difficult people in your life. You can’t change others, you can only change yourself. What changes can you make in your own behavior and/ or thoughts to help you deal with difficult people?

9: Think of the people you interact with every day. How can you let them know you appreciate them? What are some ways you can show/ convey your appreciation?

10: Think of the people you would like to spend more time with. Maybe it’s your loved ones, maybe it’s someone you don’t know very well and would like to get to know better. What can you do to spend more time with these people? What will you need to spend less time on in order to spend more time with these people?

11: “The biggest ingredient in a best friend is someone whose actions you respect and who you can truly be yourself around.” -Renee Olstead  What does this quote mean to you? Who is your best friend, someone you can “truly be yourself around?”

12: How have your friendships changed over the years? Who were your friends 5 years ago? Are they still your friends?

13: What can you do to improve your friendships? How can you make new friends, and strengthen the friendships you currently have?

14: Think specifically of your family relationships and how they relate to the topics above. Which family members are difficult? Which ones are your friends? Who would you like to spend more time with? To whom do you need to show more appreciation? Who needs your help?

15: Mid-month review! How are your goals coming along? What can you accomplish in the remainder of this month?

16: If you could go anywhere this year (whether as a temporary visit or a permanent move), where would you go? Why do you want to go there? In what ways would your life be different there than it is where you currently are? In what ways would your life still be the same?

17: What are you looking forward to this year?

18: What life changes will happen this year? Will you complete your degree, finish a job, get married, have a baby, move to a new place? How will your life be different after these happen?

19: What are some ways you can have more fun this year (in a healthy and positive way)? Make lists of activities you enjoy, to refer to later.

20: What are some healthy and positive ways you can deal with stress this year? Meditation, exercise, talking with friends, going to see a movie, etc. What can you do for stress relief? Write a list of stress relievers to refer to when you are stressed.

21: What are your preferred forms of physical exercise? Hiking, cycling, swimming, exercise classes, etc. Do you prefer to exercise alone, with friends, or in a group? Do you prefer to work out first thing in the morning or later in the day? Think about what types of exercise you enjoy, and at what times, and schedule these into your week.

22: What types of physical activities have you never tried but would like to? Mountain biking, canoeing, skiing, yoga, dancing, etc. Make specific plans to try out something new. Enlist a friend to do the activity with you.

23: What type of physical activity do you think you would not like? Try it, just because. If you hate it, you’ll prove yourself right. If you don’t hate it, you’ll have discovered something new that you enjoy. Again, find a friend to do this activity with you. How did it go?

24: Look around you. What do you see that are you grateful for right now? Your home (= place to live), your office (= employment and income), your kitchen (= appliances, convenience and food), etc. Write what you are grateful for right now.

25: What could you do for someone this week that they would be grateful for? Is there a way you could do it without them knowing it was you?

26: Think of something nice someone did for you this month. What can you do for them that would be helpful?

27: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.” -Albert Schweitzer Who in your life has rekindled your light? Who have you sparked?

28: Who do you know is struggling? Even if it’s someone you don’t know well, how can you help this person? Do they need a friend, a sympathetic ear, physical assistance, advice, referral to an expert? What can you do to help that person (before it’s too late)?

29: Look ahead to next month: what events do you need to prepare for?

30: What good things happened this month? What were your favorite moments this month?

31: Month review! How did this month go? Which goals did you complete? What do you still need to work on?

The new Daily Journaling Prompts list for the next month comes out on the last Wednesday of each month. Look for February’s DJPs here on Quo Vadis blog Wednesday January 25th!

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