I believe writing can be one of the best ways to deepen our self-awareness and gain clarity about various aspects of our lives. One of my goals for this year is to try journaling every day.
So I prepared this journaling challenge for you. It’s a 21-day challenge so you can really implement this as a new habit, with 21 questions for self-reflection through writing.
Some of the benefits of maintaining a journaling practice are:
- Find clarity about your thoughts and feelings: Do you often feel confused inside without being able to be sure what you want or are feeling? Writing down what you are thinking and feeling for just a few minutes helps bring clarity to all of this;
- Knowing Yourself Better: By writing regularly, you are able to identify patterns in your thoughts, understand what causes each of your emotions, and resolve issues that you may have difficulty dealing with;
- Reduce Stress: Writing about negative emotions such as anger, sadness, disillusionment or shame helps to shed weight and reduce the intensity of those emotions. In addition, we often provoke stress reactions in ourselves because we have a constant and endless loop of thoughts that recur inside our head. The act of writing helps to break this cycle, almost spewing some thoughts from within us to paper;
- Finding solutions to problems or conflicts: Writing lets you put your thoughts in order and helps you make much clearer connections between different concepts. In addition, problem solving is often found creatively and not just analytically, and writing is a creative activity, you are getting in touch with that part of your brain, helping creative ideas to emerge.
What’s more important in my life?
My favorite way to spend the day is…
What has surprised me most about my life, or about life in general?
Today I make a list of all questions I need an answer for urgently
How should I live, knowing I will die?
When was the last time I left my comfort zone?
Today I make a list of all the things that inspire me: people, books, music, art, quotes, websites, etc.
What worries me about the future?
I feel happy and good on my skin when…
What were my biggest mistakes so far and what can I learn about them?
How much has my life been under my control so far?
Is what others think of me really important?
What do I want from life?
Which is worse: failing or never trying?
What topics do I need to learn more about in order to achieve a fuller, more fulfilling life? (Hint: Put time on the calendar to do it!)
How do I care about what matters most in my life?
What am I abdicating?
How would I like others to remember me at the end of my life?
If I could talk to my “me” 10 years ago, what would be the most important thing I would have to say?
What would you do differently if I loved myself unconditionally?
Today I write the words I need to hear myself
End of Week 3 Challenge: Do a personal SWOT analysis