Daily Journaling Prompts for January 2020!

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Welcome to the first Daily Journaling Prompts of the new decade!

Continuing our series on daily journaling prompts, here is a list of journaling topics for every day for the upcoming month! 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!


For this month’s DJPs, we’ll be looking back over the past decade and forward to the new one!

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. What are you looking forward to this month?

2: Think about all the things that have happened over the past decade. What stands out to you?

3: What were your favorite moments in the past ten years?

4: What were some difficult times in the past ten years? How did you get through them?

5: Where are some places you’ve been in the past decade?

6: Which places did you enjoy the most? Why? What did you do there? Whom were you with?

7: How old were you ten years ago? Describe your life at that time.

8: Which people were important to you then? Are those people still important to you now?

9: Which people have become important to you in the past decade?

10: Which people have come and gone in the past ten years?

11: What were you doing ten years ago? Studying? Working?

12: In what way did what you were doing ten years ago affect your current professional situation?

13: Are you in a better professional/ financial situation now than you were ten years ago?

14: If you could go back in time and talk to yourself ten years ago, what would you say?

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

16: How old will you be ten years from now?

17: What are some milestones you will experience in the next ten years?

18: What are some milestones your family will experience in the next ten years? (Your partner, children, siblings, parents, etc.)

19: How do you envision your life ten years from now?

20: Do you expect you will still be living in the same town/ area where you are currently living? If not, where do you want to be living? Why?

21: What type of job do you want to have ten years from now?

22: What do you need to do in order to reach your work goals in the upcoming decade?

23: What do you hope your family members will be doing ten years from now?

24: There is a quote that says, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” What can you do to create your own future?

25: What are some personal accomplishments you want to achieve in the next ten years?

26: What do you think the world will be like ten years from now? Why do you think it will be that way?

27: Even though 2030 sounds ridiculously futuristic, it is only ten years from now! What inventions do you think we will have by then?

28: What are some changes you think will happen in the world in the next ten years?

29: Thinking most optimistically, what are your hopes for the next ten years?

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.


9 thoughts on “Daily Journaling Prompts for January 2020!

  1. Hello! Thanks so much for the daily journaling prompts! 😀

    I just got to know about journaling after a friend of mine showed hers, but I have no idea where to start. Then I found these prompts, which gave me a clear idea on what I can write daily. I’ll look forward to the February prompts, as I will start from there. Will use these remaining days of January to decorate and write some introduction entry in my journal while waiting for February to come! 😉

  2. Thank you so much for the prompts. I recently got into journaling and I been finding it more effective for my life. These prompts really help me sit back and reflect. Very beginner friendly.

  3. Do you have a program that sends out the prompts to emails daily? I want to continue my habit of journaling but I benefit when reminded that there is a prompt to respond to.

  4. Questions are so important. Professionally and personally they can really change what you are doing for the better if you choose the right ones. This list is very good.

    I like day 15. So often during a period, you reach the middle and you get a lull. A question like that really helps pick you up. At this point in the month I would also ask myself about the importance of my goals again. Why do I want to accomplish the things I noted on day one. Focusing on the importance of goals really helps stay focused.

    The other lull is as you enter the final stretch. Five days before the end of the month around about day 25 or 26 I would ask myself what I can still get done towards my goals and write about these, also reminding myself why. Pushing yourself over the line can give you such a sense of accomplishment which will enrich what you write about on day 30 and 31.

    Happy Journalling!

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I’m glad you like these journaling prompts and find them useful. Great point about that last 5-day stretch of the month! I might incorporate that into future journaling prompts if you don’t mind me using your idea! 😀

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