The trick with journaling prompts

1. Find the prompts that make you feel like you don’t have an answer to them. Or the ones you see and immediately think you know everything about this prompt. These are especially interesting since they may highlight your need to not dig deep by assuming an answer or by avoiding the question altogether.

2. You may have some high-level initial answers coming to your mind for each prompt. But ask yourself for more details about your responses and get to the simplest responses possible.

3. Sit with your prompt for a few days or a week. Think about the same prompt for a week and you’ll see how different answers or more details come to you.

Journal prompts are not meant for you to somehow write something down and be happy that you’ve just written something. Well, that joy will certainly be there. But the real purpose of these is so we do not bullshit ourselves by running away with the simplest high level responses our mind tricks us into believing. The purpose of these is so we spend time in deep reflection, asking ourselves some tough questions we probably don’t want to even answer. It is to uncover that which is hazy or has been left untouched for years, so you get to know yourselves a bit better.