My morning journaling routine has helped me a lot that I wanted to share it with you!

Journaling in the morning is a great way to ease into the day by collecting your thoughts and setting goals before you start the day ahead of you.

I’m going to share the specific journaling prompts I found while researching and now I am using them every day, however lets first address a few common questions.

What you need:

  • A notebook and pen.

Where can you do it:

  • Anywhere. I love to do this at home when the house is quiet before everyone wakes up. Choose a place where you can reliably find a few minutes without distractions.

What time:

  • The time of day isn’t as important as consistency. I prefer mornings because it helps align my thoughts and prepare me for the day ahead. Think about the best time for you where you dont have a lot going on, evenings may work better for you. You could even journal during your lunch break at work.

After some research and testing out prompts, I found 7 prompts below. These help me intentionally reflect on the prior day and look forward to the day ahead. They are short enough that I can finish journaling in less than 10 minutes each morning.

1. What’s On My Mind?
This is the brain dump section where you literally just write down everything on your mind. It’s so helpful to get it all on paper! Your to-dos, your worries, your ideas, your random thoughts.

2. What Are My Wins?
Think back to yesterday and write down the highlights and things you achieved.

3. What Would Have Made Yesterday Better?
Take a second to think about what would have made yesterday better. Could you have handled a situation differently? Did you skip your workout? Did you go to bed too late and not get enough sleep?
I love this question because it helps me identify ways to make today even better and prevents me from slipping into bad habits and routines.

4. What Am I Grateful For?
Jot down a quick 3 things you’re grateful for. Rather than generic answers like being thankful for your family, health, etc., try to think of something really specific from the past day. Otherwise, you’ll end up writing the same few things every day and that’s not all that useful.

5. What Did I Learn?
This is a good place to record any great quotes you heard, takeaways from books and
podcasts, etc. I tend to listen to a lot of podcasts and read a lot of blog posts and love having
this place to save any big takeaways or ‘aha’ moments.

6. What Needs Attention?
Now turn your attention to the day ahead of you and write down all of the things on your mind that need attention. This is a good way to assess what you need to focus on for the day and you can create your to-do list accordingly.
Also quickly think back to your larger goals for the month and jot down any areas that you need to refocus on.

7. What Are My Daily 3?
Lastly, write down three things you will do today no matter what happens. They can be anything, but really try to limit yourself to three. These should be things that will make you happy even if you accomplish nothing else for the day.

After I’m finished with my morning journaling routine, these three things immediately get added to my planner so I can check them off throughout the day.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my morning journaling routine. If you feel like you are scattered and having a hard time slowing down to focus or if you just want to become more self-aware, journaling is a great way to slow yourself down and really reflect on things.

Now go find a notebook and pick up a couple of boxes of Chai Tea and you’ll be all set to start an intentional morning journaling routine!


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