In one of my latest articles I wrote about the benefits of journaling.
It is such a simple yet powerful tool to get clarity and release unpleasant emotions. Not to mention that it’s free and anyone can do it!
I know at the beginning it might feel weird to grab pen and paper and start writing about yourself.
It gets easier with practice.
Also you might notice that the first couple of minutes you don’t know what to write about or you are just describing your day, but just relax and keep writing and you will see that very interesting insights will come up.
But if you don’t feel inspired or need a bit of help, you can use this list of questions that will help you get started and flowing with your journaling.
You can pick a block and write about all the questions in it or just pick one question randomly from the list and elaborate from there.
1.How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
2.What are your top 5 values?
Think of someone you really admire.
3.What values do you admire in them?
4.What do they do?
5.How do they do it?
6.Why do they do it?
Think of a time in your life when you were the happiest.
7.What were you doing?
8.How were you feeling?
9.What was happening?
10.What was your motivation?
11.In a scale of 1-10, how fulfilled are you today?
12.What is working in your life?
13.What isn’t working in your life?
14.If you could change one thing that would have the biggest positive impact in your life, what would that be?
15.What do you need to let go of to add more joy to your life?
16.If you knew that no one would criticise you or judge you, what would you be doing differently?
Specific problem or feeling stuck/overwhelmed:
17.Is it a priority?
18.Is it urgent?
19.How did it start?
20.How did I get here?
21.What are the possible solutions or actions?
22.Visualise yourself once you’ve solved the problem. What advice would you give to yourself?
23.What are you assuming that is stopping you from making a decision?
24.What are your habits in a regular week and how are they impacting your well-being?
25.How do you take care of yourself?
26.What is the first thing you do when you get up?
27.What is the last thing you do before going to bed?
28.What do you do the days when you feel at your best (physically and emotionally?)
29.What activities, people or situations drain your energy?
30.How do you charge batteries?
31.How often do you do it?
32.How often do you have quality ‘me time’?
33.Is my career aligned with my values (if you’re not sure about your values, check the first block of questions)?
34.How do you feel at work?
35.How do you feel when you finish work?
36.In a scale of 1 to 10 how satisfied are you with your career?
37.What is not working?
38.What would you like to do instead?
39.What are you assuming that is preventing you from doing it?
40.What are your natural strengths and talents and how do you use them in your current role?
Relationships (apply to romantic relationships and friendships, relatives etc.)
41.Who were your role models for relationships?
42.What previous experiences have you had with your relationships that might be impacting your current behaviours?
43.Finish the sentence: My relationships always…
44.How am I with others?
45.How are others to me?
46.In a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you?
47.In which relationships do you feel valued and appreciated?
48.Describe your ideal partner and how it is different from the partner you have or the ones you have had.
49.What does an ideal relationship look like to you?
50.What do you need to let go of to enjoy healthy and nurturing relationships?
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