Daily Journaling Prompts for April 2017

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Continuing our series on daily journaling prompts, here is a list of journaling topics for every day in April! 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’s theme is renewal!

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: It’s time to shake off the cobwebs and freshen things up. Write a list of things you can do to freshen up your home. Could you do a big spring cleaning and get rid of things you don’t need? Could you make some inexpensive changes to liven up your living spaces? Could you better utilize storage space to open up the main areas of your home? Write it all down, and plan when you will do each action.

4: Now think of ways you can freshen up yourself. With warmer weather and longer days you can add something new to your exercise routines. What about adding some new warmer-weather clothes to your wardrobe? Is it time for a new haircut? Make a list of some ways you can update yourself physically.

5: Now it’s time to get rid of some bad habits that accumulated over the winter. Remember, in order to get rid of bad habits you must replace them with good habits. For example, instead of sitting on the couch watching tv in the evenings, go for a walk in the evening light or connect with a friend. Make a list of bad habits, and, most importantly, make lists of as many things you can think of to replace them.

6: “Change and renewal are themes in life, aren’t they? We keep growing throughout life.” Susan Minot What does this quote mean to you? What are some ways you have changed, or become renewed, in your life?

7: It is said that bones grow back stronger after being broken. What was a time in your life when you had a physical or emotional setback (illness, breakup, losing a job) that you came back from stronger than ever?

8: Now think of your relationships. Are you in a rut, going through the motions? Make a list of ways you can revive your relationships by connecting on a more personal level. Communication, doing things together, and spending non-screen time together are a good start. What other ways can you think of to snap your relationships back into focus?

9: How is work/ school going? The end of the school year is coming up fast. What can you do now to prepare, if you are a student or a parent with kids in school? If your life is not school-related, how can you improve your work habits and get a fresh perspective on your work?

10: Today is the 100th day of the year! How is your year going so far? Write a list of your accomplishments so far this year. How would you like to spend the next 265 days? What would you like to accomplish by the end of the year?

11: Look at what you wrote yesterday and come up with a plan to achieve what you want to accomplish by the end of this year. What do you need to do? When and how will you do it?

12: Write a list of things that make you feel rejuvenated!

13: Write a list of things that make you feel energized.

14: Write a list of things that make you feel relaxed. Now schedule some of these things in the upcoming weeks in your planner.

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

16: Today is Easter in the Christian calendar. A springtime holiday has been celebrated in various forms (including celebrations of light returning to the land, fertility, and the renewal of life) for thousands of years by various cultures. This goes to show that springtime has deeply resonated with human cultures for millennia. Spring is a crucial time for farming and wildlife. Think about springtime and write down what the renewal of life means to you personally.

17: Look around outside and write what you notice: which flowers are blooming, which insects are out, what wildlife is noticeable, are crops being planted near you?

18: Write a list of ways you can connect with nature.

19: What are your favorite springtime events? Social events, sports events, nature events like birds nesting, etc.

20: With new beginnings come endings. What things are ending now, or soon?

21: Write about how endings open up possibilities for new beginnings.

22: Today is Earth Day. Make a list of some ways you can help the environment: recycling, consuming less, etc. See how many creative, yet achievable, pro-earth actions you can come up with.

23: Take a look at yesterday’s list, and draw up an action plan for when and how you will implement at least 5 ways you can help improve the environment.

24: “Top athletes understand that to play at their best, they must alternate periods of intense performance with periods of strategic renewal.” Robin S. Sharma Look ahead in your planner at the upcoming weeks and months. What are some busy times when you will have “periods of intense performance?” Now make lists of things you can do before and/ or after these busy times to allow yourself “strategic renewal.”

25: Write about the cyclicity of patterns like work and rest, action and inaction.

26: Write about times when you experienced new life: it could be literal, like the birth of a child or getting a new pet; or it could be figurative, like reinventing yourself or moving to a new place. How did these events change your perspective of your personal identity?

27: Write a list of your favorite things about spring!

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

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

30: 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 May’s DJPs here on Quo Vadis blog Wednesday April 26th!

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