How to Jumpstart Your Journaling

When you start a journal, it feels good. It’s like the first time of your life where everything is new and exciting. As soon as that feeling fades away though, you begin to wonder how long will this last? How can I keep my journal going without making myself bored or discouraged with what I’m writing? Here are some tips to help jumpstart your journaling.

The “art of manliness journal prompts” is a blog post that discusses the benefits of writing in a journal. The article provides some prompts that can help get you started with your own journaling.

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The prompts below are now available as a paperback diary for reference and writing when offline.

With our posts on The Diary Habit and 9 Habits Young Men Should Adopt, there’s been a lot of conversation about journaling on AoM lately. Seeing a few of the responses reinforced what I already knew about the practice of journaling: many guys want to do it, but few do it to the level they want to. What’s the major cause behind this? Simply put, there is a lack of direction. We freeze up when faced with a completely blank slate – that open diary, pen in hand, and nothing but white pages. It has been stated that limitation encourages better inventiveness. We don’t have to worry about the deed itself when we have clear limits or guidance. We don’t have to think about what to write about; instead, we must journal in response to a prompt.

With that in mind, I’d like to offer you a 31-day journaling roadmap and challenge. Doing anything for 30 days is a terrific approach to not only establish a habit, but also to see whether it is suited for you. Maybe journaling isn’t for you, and you’ve simply never given yourself the chance to show it. Perhaps you like the practice but haven’t yet developed the habit. In any case, I hope this calendar gives you plenty of opportunities to seize the journaling bull by the horns and reap all of its rewards.

All of these tasks may be completed in as little as 20-30 minutes each day, if not less. If you can’t find time for that, it’s possible that journaling isn’t as essential to you as you thought, and you’ve already realized that it’s not for you.

There are a lot of questions in this blueprint. You may simply write down the question at the top of the page in your diary — whether digital or handwritten — and respond as if you were having a conversation. Don’t worry about formality, how it sounds when said aloud, grammar, or anything else. Simply jot down your ideas. It may seem routine, yet writing anything down that cannot be properly articulated has a mystical sense to it. All you have to do now is believe me and give it a go.

Note: In my view, this exercise should be done for a total of 31 days. However, you may do it over a few months or just on weekdays; remember, this is for you, so if you don’t appreciate what you’re doing and are simply freaked out by the prospect of it, it won’t work. Check out our Ben Franklin Virtues Journal if you’re seeking for an alternative way to journal. 

Day 1: What motivates you to keep a journal? What do you want to gain from it?

Day 2: Throughout history, manliness has been characterized in many ways. To you, what does manliness imply?

Day 3: Choose one beneficial behavior to incorporate into your life. Write out the measures you’ll take to get there, whether they seem little (flossing) or life-changing (exercising).


Day 4: Via negativa; today, choose a habit that you’d want to get rid of. Consider the actions you’ll take to break that bad behavior, as well as how you’ll hold yourself responsible.

Day 5: Write a letter to someone you care about. Perhaps it was a wife, a parent, an alienated friend, or a grandmother to whom you never really said goodbye.

Day 6: Write a six-word memoir of your life so far; that is, describe your life in six words. With this constraint, you’ll have to narrow your life down to what’s most essential to you.

Day 7: You’ve completed a week’s worth of work! Consider how your newfound journaling habit has benefited you. Have you found it enjoyable? Has it been challenging? Has it lived up to your expectations?

Day 8: Take some time to consider your professional life. Make a chronology of what happened. What was the most memorable experience you had? Worst case scenario? What do you want your professional future to look like?

Day 9: Just journal about your day. What time you awoke, how long it took you to go to work, what you accomplished at work, and how you spent your evening (Write about the prior day if you’re writing in the mornings.)

Day 10: Determine your position in the hero’s journey. It might be seen in the perspective of your whole life or a specific period of your life.

Day 11: Men have grown their masculinity in groups of other men from ancient times. Do you have a group of pals that encourage and motivate you? If you don’t, how are you going to create some excellent friends?

Day 12: Try writing in a stream-of-consciousness style. This is where you just put down whatever comes to mind at the time it comes to mind.

Day 13: Make a mental list of everything you’re concerned about. Get everything out, from the leaking dishwasher to your family member’s terrible health. (If you need assistance, see David Allen’s GTD trigger list.)

Day 14: Write a review of a recent kind of entertainment that you enjoyed. Write down what you loved and didn’t like about the book, movie, TV program, or Broadway play. Were there any lessons to be learned, or was it just for fun (which is OK!).

Day 15: Create your own Invisible Counselors Cabinet. There are several outstanding guys throughout history from whom we may learn now. Make a list of individuals you’d put on it and what you appreciate about them.

Day 16: Pretend you’ve been asked to write a book on your life up to this point. What would the blurb on the front cover say? Are you satisfied with it? Consider what you’d want that blurb to say when you’re no longer alive. What modifications must be done in order for this to occur?

Day 17: Go online and look for the most important news articles from the year you were born. Consider how these headlines, or even facts, affected your youth or who you are now.


Day 18: Choose a job that you’d want to finish with your hands, whether it’s a chore or a craft. Describe the stages, resources, and assistance you’ll need to finish the job. Then go ahead and do it!

Day 19: Think about your romantic connection and choose one thing you’d want to work on. Identify prior failures you’d want to improve on if you don’t have a love partner in your life. Describe your perfect relationship if you’ve never been in one before.

Day 20: Consider the time period in your life for which you have the most fond memories. Consider why you’re nostalgic for that historical period after you’ve identified it. What aspects of your life could you bring back right now?

Day 21: Setting lofty ambitions might paralyze us into inactivity. Consider the Japanese idea of Kaizen, which is merely becoming 1% better every day. What is one tiny action you may begin doing every day that will have a cumulative impact on your life?

Day 22: Pretend you’ve been given a decent wage for the rest of your life. You don’t need to work, but you aren’t making a lot of money either. What would you do with your free time? Your response will reveal a lot about you and your potential passion.

Day 23: Make a list of items that cause you to get distracted. It may be something as simple as your smartphone, or something more complex that takes up more time than you’d want. What can you do to better manage your life’s distractions?

Memento mori is the 24th day. “Keep in mind that you will die.” Consider it and jot down your ideas. Do you have a fear of dying? Does it inspire you?

Day 25: Choose 1-2 statements from our 80 manly quotes and consider why they stick out to you.

Day 26: We’ll work from AoM’s “Craft the Life You Want” series for three days. Work on creating a life plan now. If you don’t have much time, start by outlining your numerous responsibilities as a man, as well as your ultimate purpose and ambitions within those positions.

Day 27: The environment in which we live has a significant influence on our lives. Take a look at the eight things to think about while deciding where to reside. Are you in the appropriate neighborhood, or should you consider relocating?

Day 28: To wrap off this three-day adventure, we’ll look at the “tools” you’ll need to create a masterpiece in your life. Determine the tools you’ll need, if any more ones are required, and how you’ll go about getting them.

Day 29: Excessive pride might make you fall, yet healthy pride can provide you with a lot of satisfaction and drive. Write about the aspect of your life that gives you the greatest satisfaction — whether it’s your career, a pastime, your family and connections, or something else entirely.

Day 30: Make a list of everything you’re thankful for, large or little, general or particular.


Day 31: Take a look back at the previous month of journaling. Did you have a good time? What did you discover about yourself as a result of this experience? What was the most challenging aspect? Will you continue to do so? If that’s the case, take some time to plan out how you want to keep your journaling practice going.



The “art of journaling” is a term that has been used for many years. It’s the process of writing down thoughts, memories, and experiences in order to help yourself remember them. The art of journaling can be difficult at first, but with practice it becomes easier and more rewarding.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you restart journaling?

A: If you are on a journaling streak and want to restart it, there is an End Journal button in the top right corner of your screen.

How do you heal through journaling?

A: Journaling is a form of meditation that allows the user to focus on their thoughts. It has been proven by science to be useful in relieving stress and even physical pain.

How can I make journaling easier?

A: You can make journaling easier by turning off the Auto-scroll option on your controller.
This will stop Beat Saber from automatically scrolling to a new song while youre doing things like writing or drawing in the Journal mode.

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