Daily Journaling Prompts for May 2019

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Poof! Monarch butterfly: "hatched" on our kitchen table.

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!

This month’s theme is change. Heraclitus famously stated, “Change is the only constant in life.” Gradual change is indeed constant, but big changes tend to come on suddenly. Your life can seem mostly the same day to day for a long time, then one day it’s completely different. You graduate, or start a new job, or have a baby, or move someplace new. At that point it’s like walking through a door; your old life is behind you and what’s ahead is new and different.

This time of year, many people are going through big changes. Now is a good time to explore how change affects your life, and how you can better cope with change.

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?

Look through your planner and/ or journal to help you answer these questions:

2: What changed this month? What is different now than it was a few weeks ago?

3: How have you personally changed in the past month or two? In what ways do you feel different?

4: How has your mindset changed in the past month or two? In what ways are you thinking differently?

5: How have your relationships changed in the past couple of months? What is different now?

Think back over the past several years:

6: How have the people close to you changed? (How have they themselves changed?)

7: What influence have you had on the people around you to help them change?

8: How have those people helped change you?

9: What types of changes do you like?

10: What types of changes do you not like?

11: What was one of the biggest changes in your life? What happened? How did you cope with the change?

12: What was something that inspired you to change?

13: What was an unwelcome change at the time, but led to good things?

14: What was a change that you wanted at the time, but didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped? How did you manage that?

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

16: What was a scary change? How did you feel when you got through it?

17: What was a change that you felt especially proud of yourself for making?

18: Make a list of anything and everything you would change in your life if you could. Why would you like those changes?

19: Look back through yesterday’s list. Which of those things are at all possible?

20: Look back through your list of possible changes. Which ones are worth the effort/ cost to change?

21: Of the changes that would be worth the effort/ cost, which ones do you actually want to change?

22: Of the changes you want to make: how would your life be better if you made those changes? How would it be worse if you didn’t make those changes?

23: (You knew where this was going, right?) What do you need to do to make those changes? How can you make it happen? Write out a game plan, a mind map, and/ or a list of steps on how to get there.

24: Do you have any big changes coming up? How will your life be different a couple of months from now than it is today?

25: Do the people around you have any big changes coming up? How will their changes affect you?

26: How do you envision your life a year from now? What will change?

27: What are some ways you coped with change in the past that were not helpful or constructive?

28: What are some ways you coped with change in the past that were helpful or constructive?

29: What are some ways you can help yourself cope with change in the future?

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 June’s DJPs here on Quo Vadis blog Wednesday May 29th!

2 thoughts on “Daily Journaling Prompts for May 2019

  1. Hey Laurie,
    Thanks for sharing these prompts. I’m looking to start journalling and so I did a few searches on Google and found your blog. I hope to follow through with this (as I always tend to never finish anything I start).
    Any tips for beginners? Is there also any form of accountability?

    • Hi Grace! A great way to start journaling and hold yourself accountable so you’ll follow through is to do our Page Per Day Challenge. The ultimate accountability is to use a day per page planner for your journal. Because each day is dated, if you don’t write on it the page/ day is wasted. This is a proven method for getting people to write something (anything!) every day. And commiting to just one page per day keeps you from feeling like you have to write a lot every day, which is time consuming and bogs you down. You can see all the details of our Page Per Day Challenge here: https://quovadisblog.com/welcome-to-the-quo-vadis-page-per-day-challenge/

      Some ideas for things to write on your page each day: Good things that happened today, gratitude, 3 highlights of the day, People you were with that day, nature observations, etc.

      Have fun with your journaling!

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