If you’re into future self journaling, you may be ready to take it to the next level. A future self journal is a super useful tool that can help you plan for the future, reflect on your progress, and continue to grow as a person.
If you feel like you’ve plateaued with your future self journal, don’t worry. There are lots of ways to level up.
Here are some tips to make your future self journal even better. We’ll touch on setting goals and intentions, using prompts and tools to keep yourself motivated, and finding new ways to keep things interesting.
It’s time to grab your journal and get started!
Set Goals & Intentions
First things first, you’ve got to know what you want to get out of your future self journal. Do you want to tackle a challenge, build a new habit, or just get some clarity on your goals and/or future? Whatever it is, make sure you’re clear on what you want to achieve so you can measure your progress and keep yourself motivated.
Knowing your goals allows you to keep them in mind as you write. Every time you pick up your future self journal you can keep your goals in mind and write your way toward them.
You may even want to use goal trackers through this process. They will help you track your progress, outline steps to reach your goals, and ensure you reward yourself as you accomplish them. Check out this goal tracker!
Try Prompts & Templates
If you’re tired of just free-writing or struggling with coming up with something to write about, try using prompts or templates. There are so many resources online that provide daily prompts or structured templates that can guide you through different exercises or reflections.
Don’t be afraid to mix things up and try different types of prompts. That’s how you’ll figure out what works for you.
You can check out our future self journal prompts too!
Keep It Fresh
This means mixing things up. Change the time of day that you typically journal. If you do it during your morning routine, maybe try adding it to your evening routine instead. Maybe instead of keeping a digital journal, you try pen and paper.
Another idea is to take it outside or in an area that you find peaceful and calm. Your environment and surroundings can have a huge impact on how much you’re able to focus and how introspective you can be.
Celebrate Your Wins
As you continue to keep a future self journal celebrate your accomplishments. Go back and see how far you’ve come in improving yourself through journaling.
When you reread previous journal entries you’ll see how your journal has helped you manifest your future, keep yourself on track with your goals, and set yourself up for success. Recognize these accomplishments and reward yourself.
Celebrating your wins can keep you motivated and remind you of the progress you’ve already made. It will give your confidence as you continue to journal and experiment with your journaling process.
Visualization was part of our original post on future self journaling. However, it is still just as important here as you continue to level up your future self journal. Try incorporating more visualization exercises into your future self journaling practice. Like, imagine yourself crushing a goal or picturing your ideal future. This can help you stay focused on your goals and motivated to keep pushing forward.
Consider using this practice for your short-term goals. Look only a day or two ahead and visualize your success or achievement. You will feel accomplished within just a few days which will give you the confidence to set goals for further out in the future.
Visualization can be a powerful tool to level up your journaling game.
Consider adding a section to your future self journal where you reflect on what you’re grateful for in the present moment each time you journal. This can help you cultivate a more positive mindset and remind you of the good things in your life.
Over time, you will be able to review this section and see how you continue to grow through your journaling process. Your gratitude will evolve as you evolve and your journaling practice evolves.
Being aware of what you’re grateful for also clarifies your future and what you would like to accomplish.
Reflect & Adjust
As you use your future self journal, it’s important to reflect on what’s working and what’s not every once in a while. If you’re not seeing progress toward your goals, consider adjusting your approach.
Maybe you need to set more specific goals, or vice versa. You can try different prompts or journaling at different times of the day or at different locations.
Regularly reflecting on your practice helps you stay on track and make the most out of your journaling experience. The more present you are and aware of how you feel will benefit you.
In conclusion, a future self journal is an awesome tool for personal growth. By using the tips above you can take your future self journal to the next level and keep making progress toward your goals. So grab your journal and start writing – your future self will thank you for it!