Journaling Prompts and Affirmations for May
Journaling is a powerful tool that has been used for centuries to help individuals record their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. From famous writers to successful business people, many have attributed their success to the habit of daily journaling.
However, despite its proven benefits, many people struggle to make journaling a consistent part of their lives. That’s why I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about a couple of different approaches and how to make journaling work for you.
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Use Whatever Materials You Want to Write
It can be easy to be swept up in all the most expensive journaling materials, like hardcover or leather journals and fancy pens, but if you don’t feel like this is serving you or your budget doesn’t allow it, don’t use it!
You should use whatever you personally want to use for journaling. It should make you excited and happy to hold it in your hands and start writing on a blank page.
For some people, it is a soft-cover journal, for others they want to use a notebook that is larger with more room to write. You might want something smaller to fit in your purse, or maybe you are combining your planner and journal into something else.
Set Your Own Routine
It helps a lot to have a journaling routine, but instead of thinking “Ugh, I have to do my journaling” try to enjoy the process and make it work for you.
Consider your current schedule and where in your day you either need to spend a few minutes alone or when you have the extra time.
Just because your best friend journals in the morning, doesn’t mean you have to. Maybe your mornings are already chaotic, and you prefer to journal in the afternoons, or maybe you’re like me and would rather spend a few minutes writing at night before bed.
Be Flexible With When and How You Journal
Another way to make journaling work for you is to be flexible with when you write and with what you write about. There are no rules here, so even though a routine is helpful, you can switch it up as often as you need to.
One day, it might be a stream-of-consciousness journal entry, while the very next day you want to write about 10 things you are grateful for, followed by a daily log of everything you accomplished on the third day.
Switch Things Up Whenever Necessary
As an extension of the idea of being flexible, switch things up when you want! Use a different journal, try prompts instead of stream-of-consciousness, or have a completely new routine for your journaling.
Remember that journaling is meant to help you, not cause you to feel more stress. If you feel pressured to do it or like you aren’t enjoying it, it is a sign that you may need to mix things up a little.
The key is to experiment with different approaches until you find what works best for you. Remember, the most important thing is to make journaling a consistent part of your routine regardless of the specific method or timing. This is how you are making journaling work for you.
Here are a few prompts to help you get started. Choose ONE prompt each day and dedicate 5-10 minutes to writing your answer. If your time runs longer because you have a lot to write, it’s okay. Keep writing!
Be as creative as you like here…the sky’s the limit!
Daily Journaling Prompts
Look for the new daily journaling prompts on the last Monday of each month.
What do you want to do this month? What are 3 goals you have for April? List some action steps you can take to accomplish them.
List your biggest priorities this month (aside from your goals).
What is making you happy right now?
What is your budget for this month?
What is weighing on your mind right now? What is something you can do to lighten the load?
Write down 5 affirmations about your career.
What are you looking for in a dream career?
How are you trying to advance your career?
List 10 things you are grateful for recently.
What feelings are you struggling with right now?
How are you dealing with uncomfortable emotions?
How do you deal with conflicts in your life?
What was a recent kind gesture from a stranger?
What is something surprising that happened to you recently?
Mid-Month Review: How are your goals for this month coming along? What can you accomplish in the remainder of the month?
What makes you unique?
Do you often follow trends?
What trend do you think you started?
What trend do you wish would come back?
What trend do you hope never comes back?
How are you holding on to your youth?
What makes you feel young?
What would your own fairy tale life look like?
Do you believe in anything fantasy-related?
Do you have more of a positive or negative attitude?
When do you tend to have more of a negative attitude?
What kinds of thoughts cause you to spiral into negativity?
Looking ahead to next month: What events do you need to prepare for? What are you looking forward to?
Month in Review: What lessons did you learn this month?
Month in Review: How did this month go? Which goals did you complete? What do you still need to work on?
Bonus prompts for Manifestation
When you think of manifesting, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Do you have experience with manifesting? What manifestation methods have you tried so far?
How are your current manifestations different from last year?
What are some things you have successfully manifested?
How have they turned out different than you expected?
Ask God or the universe for what you want today, then let it go.
Write one sentence about what you want then repeat it 55 times.
I attract my desires every day
I have faith in myself and my abilities
Positive energy radiates through me
Everything is working for the greater good
I forgive others for they are on their own path
I surround myself with encouraging & supportive people
I have the strength to face my fears
My dreams are within my grasp
I visualize the life I want to live
I have the power within me to live my best life
I never stop working on myself, for my faith is infinite
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JOURNALING SUPPLIES I RECOMMEND
Even though you only need a pen and paper, here are some of my favorite journaling supplies if you want to check them out:
I like to use a few different notebooks for journaling but my favorite is this Leuchtturm1917 Softcover. I prefer the squared pages but you can also get the dot grid, lined, or blank formats.
If you would rather use a spiral binding, these notebooks are the best! I love that they come in a three-pack so I always have an extra one on hand. These are also a squared format but I think they are available in lined and dot-grid too.
To be honest, my go-to pen is a simple, classic black Bic but when I want something a little fancier I use either use these Muji Gel Pens or these Micron Sakura Pigma.
Get creative with your journaling and add some Washi Tape, Stickers, or if you’re artistic you can draw your own doodles.
Sometimes I like to add photos to my journaling and over the years I’ve tried a bunch of different printers. I started out using this Fujifilm Instax Mini but it wasn’t very practical to carry around all the time. Since the quality was so much better when I use my phone for pictures I decided to splurge on the Canon Ivy Mini Printer. It connects directly to my phone through the app and easily prints on 2x3 sticker photo paper that I can add right to my journal page instantly.
I hope today’s post inspires you to pick up your journal and start writing! Here are a few Everyday Journaling Prompts to get you started.
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BEFORE YOU GO:
Here are a few more journaling posts you might like:
Gratitude Journaling: 5 Minutes a Day for a Lifetime of Happiness
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