As you know, journaling can give you a great deal of insight into yourself and your life. Freewriting often leads to self-awareness you hadn’t anticipated. However, sometimes you may find you need a little direction in order to address a particular concern or issue. You can find that type of guidance in check-in questions or journal prompts. These tools add structure to your daily journaling that can lead you to find solutions to specific problems you’re experiencing. Learn how to use daily check-in questions and journaling prompts to improve your writing practice.

About Daily Check-In Questions

Chances are, you check in with people regularly throughout your daily routine. Whether it’s loved ones or random folks you encounter at the grocery store, you probably take the time to ask about the well-being or comfort of others. But how often do you check in on yourself? Daily check-in questions allow you to connect with yourself so that you can determine how you’re feeling about specific aspects of yourself. It’s important to identify sources of discomfort in order to address them. Checking in with yourself lets you get to the bottom of what’s bothering you.

About Journaling Prompts

Journaling prompts are a bit different than check-ins. They’re simple statements or questions that give you ideas of things to write about. They’re not necessarily meant to provoke deep personal knowledge. They often help you to clarify your thoughts or gain a general insight into an issue. Journal prompts give you a push to start writing. The results of that writing aren’t as targeted as they are with check-in questions.

Where to Find Them

Fortunately, both check-in questions and prompts are easy to find online. You only have to do a refined search in order to obtain lots of examples of the types of resources you seek. Typing “daily check-in questions” or “journaling prompts” is probably going to be too vague. Think about your desired end result and conduct your search with that in mind. If you want to check in on your emotional status, type “daily check-in emotions” or something along those lines. Looking for a journal prompt to help you explore relationships? Easy. Look for “journaling prompts relationships.” Modify according to your particular needs. You’ll find countless lists to suit your needs.

Daily check-in questions and journaling prompts are great ways for you to find guidance for your writing practice. They can be tweaked in order to accomplish whatever goals you have for your writing, and they often lead to some pretty in-depth personal insight.

Coach Jackie Out.

Jackie Schwabe Mark

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