Daily Journaling Prompts for January 2019!

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Can you believe this year is almost over? It’s time to get ready for the new year! Here we go…

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 people doing our Page Per Day Challenge.

Some days are the same each month:

At the beginning of each month we write our goals for the upcoming month. Even if you did this earlier in the year, things change so it’s a good idea to re-set and update your goals each month. We also write what we are looking forward to this month.

Mid-month we see what progress we’ve made. This is a chance to jump-start any goals that have slipped off your radar and regain focus.

At the end of the month we write about good things/ favorite moments for the month, and evaluate our goals progress to see what still needs work in the upcoming weeks.

All the other days have new journaling topics and writing prompts!

December’s DJPs were all about reviewing your year, to get you set up for this month’s DJPs which are all about helping you set your goals for the upcoming year!

Goal setting can be intimidating; it seems like a big task, and we don’t want to set goals that are out of reach and end up disappointed if we don’t reach them. It’s okay to feel that way. I think most people do!

So the January Daily Journaling Prompts are designed to try to take away that intimidation factor by walking you through step by step. This month is mainly about getting you to think about what’s important to you — really important — and helping you set goals to focus on those things.

I also did goal-setting for the theme for January 2018. Those DJPs were more traditional in getting you to evaluate and set your goals. You might want to check those out too!

Are you ready to get started on a great year?? Let’s go!

1: Happy New Year! 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: Look through your planner for the upcoming year. Make note of big events coming up. Do you have any big life events like graduating, starting a new job, moving, getting married, having a baby, etc? What other events are happening this year: celebrations, travel, big deadlines, etc. Take some time to write these in detail in your planner.

3: Describe in detail what you want your life to be like one year from now. What is different? Are you different in some way? Are your surroundings/ work/ school/ relationships different? Describe it all in as much detail as you can.

4: In your envisioned future, who are the most important people in your life? Why?

5: In your envisioned future, describe your health/ fitness. In what ways do you want to maintain or improve?

6: In your envisioned future, describe your success at work/ school. What do you want to accomplish this year?

7: In your envisioned future, how do you want to be spending your time? How is that different from how you currently spend your time?

8: “Start with the end in mind.” Stephen R. Covey Keeping in mind what you want your life to be like in a year from now, what do you need to do to get started on that path?

9: Look through your planner from this past year and think about how you spent most of your time. Those were your priorities. (No matter how much we say something is a priority, if we don’t spend time on it, it’s not.) Are you happy with what your priorities were this past year? Why or why not?

10: What do you want your priorities to be in the upcoming year? What do you want to focus on? How do you want to spend your time?

11: In order have time to do more of the things that are important to you, you’ll need to stop spending time on things that are less important to you. What are some things you can spend less time doing?

12: What do you value, in yourself and in others? Honesty? Integrity? Hard work? Kindness? Helping others? Something else?

13: Look back at your answers from yesterday. How can you incorporate these into your daily life?

14: Describe your best self.

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

16: What, in your opinion, is the overall purpose of life?

17: What is your purpose in life? How does that relate to other people?

18: How would you like people to describe you?

19: Imagine you are very old, and reflecting on your life. What would you wish, or been glad, to have done? Travel? Have a loving family? Been successful at work? Built your own house? Helped others?

20: Your answers to number 19 are your lifetime goals. Starting with the end in mind, work backwards to see what you can do this year, and in the next 3-5 years, to be on your way to accomplishing these goals. Write these steps in your planner or notebook.

21: Now focus on what you need to do in the next 6-12 months to accomplish these goals. These will be your priorities this year.

22: Make a plan for each month on what you need to do to work toward your lifetime goals. For example if one of your goals is success at work, your monthly plans will include study plans to be able to graduate with the best possible grades, ways to be successful at your current job, or working toward a better job.

23: What can you do to improve yourself this year?

24: What can you do to help others this year?

25: What can you do to have better relationships this year?

26: What can you learn more about this year to improve your understanding of the world?

27: In what ways can you open yourself up to differing mindsets and learn a different perspective?

28: What do you wish someone would do for you this year?

29: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi What can you do this year to be the change you want to see in the world?

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 for the next month come out on the last Wednesday of each month. Look for February’s DJPs here on Quo Vadis blog Wednesday January 30th!

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