Daily Journaling Prompts for August 2017

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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.

This month we are going to focus on work, think about what types of work you value and enjoy, and explore ways to feel more fulfilled in your work. “Work” is used loosely here: it may be what you do for your source of income, how you help your family, or what you do for personal fulfillment.

This month’s focus on work is especially useful for students who are starting a new academic year. This will help you think about what your goals are after school.

These prompts will also help everyone, students and non, think about what type of work/ career you want long-term.

1: What do you want to do this month? Write your goals for the month, and think about what you need to do to accomplish them.

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

3: What types of work do you value? Which roles do you feel are important, personally and/ or for society?

4: What types of work do you enjoy? Do you enjoy working with your hands and building things? Do you enjoy thinking about complex problems? Do you like to express yourself creatively?

5: Where do you like to work? Do you like to work outside? Inside at a desk? In a studio? Or a lab?

6: Do you like to work closely with other people? Or primarily alone?

7: Do you like to lead people and be responsible for outcomes? Or do you prefer to let other people take the lead?

8: Do you enjoy being competitive in your work? Why or why not?

9: Do you like to focus on one topic for a long time? Or do you like to work on one thing for a little while, then move on to something else?

10: Do you like to work in one location all the time? Or do you like to vary the locations where you work?

11: Do you like to receive public recognition for your work? Or do you prefer personal acknowledgements for your efforts?

12: If you could do any job, and money were no object, what job would you do?

13: In your dream job, who would you work with?

14: If you could effectively do more than one job, which jobs would you do? What percentage of your time would you spend on each job?

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

16: Now take a look at the job you have now, if you have one. How closely does it match your dream job(s) as described above?

17: If your current job does not match your ideal, what would need to change in order for you to enjoy and/ or value your work more?

18: What steps can you take to move your work closer to the type of work you would enjoy most? Can you add a new aspect or role to your work? Can you do a hobby or side gig that you would enjoy more? Or would it require a complete employment overhaul?

19: Who can you talk to for help or advice on how to do work you enjoy and find more fulfilling?

20: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs Do you love your work? If not, what can you do to enjoy it more?

21: What do you consider to be “great work?”

22: Think about what type(s) of work you want to do over the course of your career. If you could achieve anything professionally/ in your work life, what would it be?

23: Think about the future of your work: do you want to do the same job for most of your career, or do you want different careers over the course of your work life?

24: What type of work/ life balance do you want? Do you have children (or do you want to have children in the future)? Do you take care of other family members? How do/ will they fit into your work/ life balance?

25: What other commitments do you have that can affect the work you do? Are you limited in your ability to travel for work, or for the amount of time you have to work?

26: How does your work/ life balance change at different times of the year?

27: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Colin Powell What are your dreams for fulfilling work? What types of hard work will it require to reach your goals?

28: What sacrifices are you willing to make in order to reach your work goals? Time? Location? Family? Personal?

29: Imagine your ideal career path over the course of your life. What do you need to do to make that happen?

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 September’s DJPs here on Quo Vadis blog Wednesday August 30th!

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