Journaling can be a powerful tool for self-reflection and personal growth. If you’re looking for some inspiration to kickstart your journaling practice this April, we’ve got you covered. These prompts are designed to help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in new and meaningful ways. So grab your pen and let’s get started!
How to use Journal Prompts?
Some people like to free journal, others like to journal with journal prompts. There is no right or wrong way, whichever way journaling feels good for you is the best for you.
- Get your pen and notebook or journal
- Sit somewhere where you will not be disturbed
- Check the date and write from that journal prompt or choose a journal prompt or word
- Write, simply write what springs to mind in relation to the journal prompt
There are days I write what’s on my mind, days I use journal prompts as a sentence and journal prompts that are a word. Word journal prompts are a great way to start creative writing.
Why start journaling?
The main reason to start journaling is that journaling is life-changing. Journaling has many amazing benefits, one is personal growth, and another is processing emotions. Read more about the amazing benefit of journaling.
Journaling is like being your own coach. You may have a personal coach or a trusted friend you chat too but journaling helps you process actions, thoughts, and goals on a deeper level.
Let these April journal prompts encourage you to self-reflect and grow.
One Word April Journal Prompts
These one-word April journal prompts relate to special days in the month.
- Mischief – 1st April, April Fools Day.
- Hero – 2nd April, Children’s Book Day.
- Pathways – National walking day, the first Wednesday of the month.
- Health – 7th April, World Health Day.
- Peace – Good Friday.
- Chocolate – Easter.
- Clouds – 14th April, look up at the sky day.
- Multitasking – 18th April, International Jugglers Day.
- Energy – 22nd April, Jelly Bean Day.
- My Country – Anzac Day is on 25th April.
- Lies – 27th April, Tell A Story day.
- Music – 29th April, International Dance Day
April Journal Prompts for adults
This month’s journal prompts are grouped under a few topics, relating to career fulfilment, habits, goals, personal growth and happiness.
Journal prompts to reflect on career fulfilment
- Journal about what you would like to achieve this month.
- It’s children’s book day, if you could be a character in a book, who would you be and why. As children, we first think about what we want to do when we grow up. Many times when working I’m thinking about my next holiday. So as I write this article, I’m thinking of Aladdin so I can fly around the world and visit lots of beautiful places.
- How does your work fulfil you?
- What ambitions do you have in relation to your work?
- What life skills have you developed that serve you?
Think not only of the hard skills that you have learnt or obtained certification in but the many soft skills you have learnt. Soft skills are life skills like; teamwork, problem-solving, listening skills and time management.
Today it is hard to imagine not being able to type, but when I was at school I would have loved to have learned to type. It wasn’t until my husband and I moved to Australia that I went to evening school to learn to type, and that was on a type-writer. Here are 10 life skills to teach your kids.
- What changes can you make to live according to your values?
- Write about a significant event that has shaped who you are today.
Journal Prompts relating to habits
- What good habits have you established this year?
- Write a list of your bad habits and possible ways to replace these habits with positive habits.
- List your daily healthy habits and note down healthy habits you’d like to introduce to your day.
- During the day when do you feel stressed or overwhelmed the most? What are you doing, where are you? Who are you with? What can you do to reduce the stress or overwhelm? Is the overwhelm a trigger that links to a bad habit?
- What coping strategies have you adopted to help you through stressful or emotional times?
- How do you boost mindfulness in your life?
- What worries keep you up at night?
Writing down your worries before bed can help with sleeping better. Read ‘how to start a worry journal‘.
April Journal Prompts on goal reflection and achieving
- If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why would you want to change that part of your life?
- When you look at your life goals, do they truly reflect your life desires? Write down your top 3 life goals.
- Write a letter to yourself, detailing the goals for the next financial year.
Take some time to reflect on where you want to be in a year’s time. What do you hope to achieve? What goals do you want to set for yourself? Write a letter to your future self, 1 year from now, detailing these hopes and goals. Be specific and realistic, but also allow yourself to dream big. What steps can you take now to work towards these goals? How will you hold yourself accountable?
This exercise can be a powerful tool for motivation and self-reflection.
- Where would you like to be in 5 years from now? Use the reflective journal prompts to help you.
- Write about your ‘why’. Why do you want to achieve your big scary goal? How would it make you feel to achieve this goal?
- What boundaries do you need to put in place to help you achieve your goals?
- What are your current personal growth goals?
- Do you have a word for the year? What one word would help you stay accountable to your personal goals?
My one word for the year this year is GROWTH.
- If you went back 20 years and spoke to your former self, what advice would you share?
Writing prompts relating to joy and happiness
- What does happiness mean to you? List what makes you happy.
- What does success mean to you?
- What are some things you are grateful for in your life right now?
Take a moment to reflect on the things in your life that you are grateful for. It could be something as simple as a warm cup of coffee in the morning or a supportive friend or family member. Write down at least five things you are grateful for and why they are important to you. Practising gratitude can help shift your focus to the positive aspects of your life and improve your overall well-being.
- What is your favourite way to start the day?
Prompts for monthly self-reflection
- Do you have an emotion you struggle to accept (regret, guilt, anger, etc)? Did this emotion show up for you this month? How did you process and handle the emotion?
- If you truly felt you would not be judged what would you write about?
- What is the biggest challenge you overcame this month?
Challenges are a natural part of life, and they can be difficult to navigate. However, overcoming a challenge can be a powerful experience that helps us grow and become stronger. Think about a time when you faced a challenge, whether it was a personal or professional one. Write about how you overcame it, what you learned from the experience, and how it made you stronger. Reflect on the skills and qualities you developed as a result of overcoming the challenge, and how you can apply them to future situations.