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Short Journal Prompts: 48 Quick & Easy Journaling Ideas

Short Journal Prompts

Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.

- Jen Williamson


Keeping a journal to write in is scientifically proven to make you a happier person.

But so are a lot of things that I don’t do, and neither do you.

Writing with journal prompts is one of the most effective ways to take a little bit of resistance out of the task.

But you probably don’t want to start with some advanced convoluted prompt inspiring you to spill your entire being onto a page. What you’re probably looking for is some simple journal prompts. Some easy journaling ideas.

Let's just cut to the chase. Here's what you came here for. Some quick & easy journal prompts to get you going!

Short Journal Prompts:

  1. What are you looking forward to today?

  2. What are you grateful for?

  3. Describe your surroundings?

  4. List things you would like to change about yourself...

  5. List some things you like about yourself...

  6. Write down your plan for the day.

  7. Write down what your ideal day would be.

  8. What are some things that make you smile?

  9. What are some things you wish you had that you don’t?

  10. If you knew you couldn’t fail today, what would you do?

  11. What did you read this week?

  12. What would you like to read this week/month?

  13. What is something you have put off for way too long?

  14. What is something you are glad you got done recently?

  15. What are some of your favorite songs?

  16. What scares you?

  17. What excites you?

  18. What are some of your short-term goals?

  19. What are some of your long-term goals?

  20. Write about your favorite movie...

  21. What are your favourite songs?

  22. What is a place that you’ve enjoyed visiting?

  23. What’s a place you didn’t enjoy visiting?

  24. Where is somewhere you’ve always wanted to go?

  25. What could you do today to make it an awesome day?

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Okay, maybe not all of these are short and easy journal prompts. That kind of depends on you. Just write less, I guess.

Check out our journal prompts for increasing self esteem!🤗

More Prompts:

  1. Nobody knows that I…

  2. Dear future me, I wanted to say that…

  3. Dear past me, I wanted to say that….

  4. What is the most outrageous thing you’ve done?

  5. What was the most terrifying moment of your life?

  6. What was the most fun you ever had?

  7. What are you looking forward to the most in life?

  8. What are three things you can’t go without?

  9. What is the most surprised you’ve ever been?

  10. What is the angriest you’ve ever been?

  11. What are three things you can’t live without?

  12. What are your three favorite shows?

  13. What are your three favorite movies?

  14. If your house was burning and you could only rescue one item what would it be?

  15. What was your happiest memory?

  16. What was your saddest memory?

  17. What is your favorite food?

  18. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

  19. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?

  20. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?

  21. If you could change anything about somebody else what would it be?

  22. If you could go back in time what would you do first?

  23. Who was your favorite teacher?

Now get journaling. No excuses! There is no way you can't find something that you like in this list.


People who keep journals have life twice.

- Jessamyn West