Continuing our series on daily journaling prompts, here is a list of journaling topics for every day in July! 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.
July marks the mid-point of the year, which is a great time to review your progress this year so far, and re-evaluate your goals for the rest of the year.
Last July’s Daily Journaling Prompts walked you through this process step by step. I don’t normally re-run a post word for word, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do this time because that post was so incredibly popular and so many people told me they found it very helpful for getting them back on track for the rest of the year. And to be honest, I don’t think I can re-word it any better.
So here we go!
This month is all about your goals: reviewing what you intended to accomplish this year, seeing how far you have come, what has changed, and what you want to accomplish in the rest of this year.
This is a big task and a lot to get through, so we’ll take it step by step each day this month so it doesn’t get overwhelming. By the end of this month you will have evaluated your year so far, decided what you need to do in the next 6 months, and will finish the month armed with a game plan for the rest of the year.
We will also keep an eye on your monthly goals for this month too!
Ready to crush some goals? Let’s get started!
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: Take a look at what your goals were at the beginning of this year. If you didn’t write them down, that is okay. Think about what was happening in January and write down what you wanted to accomplish this year. Use categories if that is helpful: what did you plan to accomplish for work, personal, relationships, school, etc?
4: Think about what you have accomplished this year. Write a list of your successes!
5: Look at yesterday’s list of successes. Write a list or paragraph on how you were able to accomplish these. What did you do to reach these goals?
6: Write a list of people who helped you succeed and/ or reach your goals. Who helped you this year? Did your spouse/ partner take on more duties to help you have more time for things you needed to do? Did your neighbor watch your kids for you, did your boss or mentor give you good advice, did a friend help you in a time of need? Try to think of everyone who helped or gave you any form of assistance this year. Tag this list for future reference.
7: What sacrifices did you make in order to reach your goals so far this year? Did you spend less time with friends/ family so you could spend time training for a race? Did you go out less so you could save money? Acknowledge what you have given up so you could focus on your priorities.
8: What has changed since the beginning of this year? Write about how your life is different now than how it was in January. Is this how you planned it would be?
9: Write down anything unexpected that happened in the past 6 months. How is your situation different now than how you expected it would be by this time of the year? Did something not go as planned? Have you taken on additional responsibilities? Has your life situation changed?
10: Look at yesterday’s question about how your situation is different now than you thought it would be by this time of the year. In which ways is your situation more positive now than you expected it to be? How did these positive situations come about?
11: Look again at the 9th’s question about how your situation is different now than you thought it would be by this time of the year. What are you disappointed about? What do you wish had gone differently? What setbacks did you face?
12: Look at yesterday’s question about disappointments.What caused these disappointments and/ or setbacks? Make a list of roadblocks you faced.
13: Look at yesterday’s list of disappointments and setbacks you have faced this year. Is there anything you can do to improve these situations? Make a list of what you can improve on.
14: Look at yesterday’s list and write a step by step plan for each improvement you want to make. How can you get around your roadblocks and get back on track?
15: Mid-month review! How are your goals for this month coming along? What can you accomplish in the remainder of this month?
16: Now look again at your goals for this year. What goals have become irrelevant or are no longer important? Write them down and give yourself permission to let go of them.
17: Now revise and update your original goals for this year. You have let go of what is now irrelevant, and you know what you have and have not accomplished so far this year. Write down adjustments you need to make to your goals in order to accomplish what you want for the rest of this year.
18: Now clarify your goals for the rest of the year. Write your goals for each category of your life: work, school, personal, physical/ health, relationships etc.
20: Come up with a timeline for each of these goals. How long do you expect each step to take?
21: Now revise your timeline: When will you be able to do these steps? Think about factors that could affect your steps toward your goals, for example travel, seasonal changes, holidays, visitors, big projects, etc. For example if you want to run a race, it will be easier to train while the weather is still warm and light than it would be in the wintertime, so adjust your timeline accordingly.
22: Write a list of changes you will need to make to accomplish your goals. Maybe you will need to cut down on your work hours to spend more time studying. Maybe you will need to create a budget (and stick to it!) to fund your goals. Maybe you will need to do meal planning and schedule your grocery shopping in order to eat healthier. Write the changes you need to make, and be sure to write what the positive outcome will be! Refer to this list later when you need to be reminded of why you are doing these things.
23: Write a list of things you are not going to do, to give yourself more time and/ or money to reach your goals. For example you are not going to waste time on social media, instead you will use your internet time to research the trip you want to take.
24: Make a list of people who you could ask for help if you need it. Look back at your list of who helped you this year (13th). Who else besides these people could you ask? Write categories (help with childcare, advice, emergencies, etc) and list people you can turn to for help in each category.
25: Rewrite your goals list by priority. Which of your goals are most important to you? If something happened in the rest of this year and you had to let something slide, which goals would you choose to focus on and which ones are less important?
26: Write reminders of why you want to accomplish your goals, and put them in prominent places where you will see them often: In your planner, on the fridge, at your desk.
27: Look back at your timeline for each goal and all their steps, and write a plan for each month for the rest of this year. What can you do in each month to stay on track to reach your goals by the end of this year?
28: Now break your monthly plans down further: What are your benchmarks (targets on the way to your goals) that you want to have accomplished by the end of each month? What do you need to do each week in order to complete your monthly goals? Create trackers if you think they will be helpful to keep you focused on what you need to do.
29: Schedule your goal tasks into your planner for the upcoming weeks. Make plans for how you will make the time to fit in tasks related to your goals. (Review your lists of what you will do, NOT do, and people who can help you.)
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 July’s DJPs here on Quo Vadis blog Wednesday July 25th!