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What is Page A Day Journaling? 30 Free Self-Discovery Prompts

My journaling journey had started with a commonplace journal and a gratitude journal, but then, I learned about page a day journaling. I can't remember where I had read about it but I have practiced it every other year since 2016 and had been the best practice till now when it comes to self-discovery.

What is a Page a Day Journal?
A page a day journal is a journal where you write one full page of a notebook every single day. Unlike morning pages—which includes three pages of long-hand, stream of consciousness writing—page a day is easier as it doesn't overwhelm you with three pages if you are a beginner.

How did I start page a day journaling?
I had won a beautiful diary in a Twitter contest in 2015, and when the diary arrived, I saw my name embossed on it in golden, along with golden edged pages. It was so unexpected that I fell in love with that diary. It was a 2016 diary, and since it was dated, I wanted to use it on each day of the year and put to some special use.

I found the page a day journaling. "But what would I write on a page each day?" I thought. I looked up on Instagram and found really amazing prompts of the page of The Journaling Sage (sadly, their Instagram page and website are no longer available).

I downloaded their prompts each month and attempted them throughout the year. Those prompts taught me so much about myself. I got clearer about my dreams and goals, I learned what I loved and what I didn't, and so much more.

Since then, I take up that practice every alternate year but planning to make it each year now onwards.

Who can do page a day journaling?
Absolutely anyone and everyone! Recently, I started sharing one journaling prompts each day on my Instagram Stories and I received the response I had not expected. Seeing people's journals each day, they answering questions that we hardly ever ask ourselves is just so touching.

My aim was to take people on a journey that helped me. And if you're a beginner in the world of journaling, I highly recommend page a day journal using journaling prompts. I have listed a month long prompts in this post that you may use to start your journey of journaling.

25 out of the 30 prompts listed here have already been shared on my Instagram stories and I hope to keep posting them every single day.

If you are done with these 30 prompts and want more, you will always find them in my story highlights titled 'Journal prompts'.

30 Self-discovery Journaling Prompts:

  1. Describe your best trait—one each physical, mental, and emotional. Why do you love it?
  2. What is one thing that you don't like about yourself? How can you learn to accept it?
  3. Do you find it easy to forgive others and yourself? If not, why?
  4. What dreams do you wish to manifest into your reality by the end of this year?
  5. What advice would you give to your younger self?
  6. Are you the same person who you were a year ago? If no, how did you change over one year? If yes, what's blocking your growth?
  7. Make a list of people and things (small or big) that make you happy.
  8. Are you on the same path that you chose during school days? If not, are you loving the new path that circumstances or destiny chose for you? Why or why not?
  9. Do you procrastinate a lot? What blocks your productivity? How can you be more productive?
  10. What healthy habits do you need to take up? What unhealthy habits do you need to cut out?
  11. Are you an avid social media user? Is it affecting your mental/emotional/physical health in any way? If yes, how can you lesson your social media time?
  12. List the things, people, and thoughts that stress you out. How can you reduce this stress?
  13. What lessons did Covid-19 and 2020 taught you? What changes did it bring to your personality? Do you still take house help and home food for granted (if you did earlier)?
  14. Do you often talk negatively to yourself? List five positive statements that you can tell yourself each day.
  15. If you could talk to your future self, what would you ask him/her?
  16. How do you deal with judgemental people or the ones who try to bring you down?
  17. List 50 things (big or small) that you want to do/achieve in your life.
  18. Which has been the best year of your life so far? Make a list of all good things that happened in your best year.
  19. Are you happy with your current circumstances? Which areas of your life need improvement?
  20. Do you prefer a small group of friends or a large group? Why?
  21. If you could change one thing about your life today, what would it be and why?
  22. What is one character trait that you really value in people you meet? How can you practice this trait yourself?
  23. Make a list of places that you would like to visit—as few or as many as you like.
  24. Do you hide your emotions? If yes, why?
  25. What do you want to spend more time doing?
  26. What do you want to spend less time doing?
  27. Make a list of positive quotes or words that lift you up in troubled times.
  28. What does success mean to you?
  29. What brought you joy this month?
  30. How did journaling for 30 days help you? Did it help you learn more about yourself?
It's also World Mental Health Day today and I can't stress enough on how much journaling is helpful in dealing with mental health issues. Just give it a try.

You may read my other articles about journaling here.
To see my journaling supplies recommendations, visit: amazon.in/shop/meetlife240


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