Journaling goals for 2019

I have long wrestled with journal lust. I even wrote a blog post about it in 2014.

Last year I decided to get serious about this problem and committed to buying fewer journals and writing more in the ones I have. In fact, I set the goal of journaling every single day. I didn’t demand anything particularly thoughtful, elegant, or poetic of myself. I only committed to recording what happened each and every day.

To facilitate this goal AND improve organization and productivity, I made a detailed to-do list in my daily calendar and checked off tasks as they were completed. Next morning I’d write my journal entry with the help of that checklist. Occasionally I would express thinky thoughts, but mostly it was just recap.


I ended up filling two largish Paperblanks journals (Brontës ftw!) and 1/3 of a smaller one that I use as a travel journal.


At the end of last year I reorganized my office (a never-ending process) and decided to do something about those motley fruits of my journal lust. Above you see my collection of journals from adulthood. The four in front are the ones I’ve completed. The stack directly behind them is comprised of partly-filled journals. The stacks on either side are blank journals. (Yes, I do have a Paperblanks fetish.)

My journal goals for 2019 clarified over the next several days:

Goal 1: Somehow consolidate pages from partly-used journals into one volume
ACHIEVED! It’s not pretty, but all the pages are collected in a binder with clear pocket inserts.

Goal 2: Donate usable journals
ACHIEVED! I sent my friend Susan a big box of partly used (with written pages carefully torn out) and unused blank journals to use in her classroom. I’m hoping she’ll set aside a few for herself.

Goal 3: Incorporate prompts into 2019 journaling
Hmmmmmmm… I’ve done a little of this. I didn’t want to require it every day, but I was hoping for at least once or twice a week. Part of my problem is that I’m looking for the best book or website of journal prompts. Ones that are perfectly suited to me. There is no such thing! I did find these pages somewhat inspiring, however:

19 Daily Journal Prompts that Will Change the Way You Begin 2019

2019 Daily Journal Prompts by Month

Journal Prompts to Inspire you in 2019 (short, simple, reusable prompts)

What about you? Do you know a good source for journal prompts? Any funny journaling stories? Do share!

8 thoughts on “Journaling goals for 2019

  1. Michelle Lunsford

    This definitely resonates with me. Gracious, but those Paperblank journals can be SO PRETTY, so I feel the pull to have their beauty in my home even if I experience much less the pull to actually use them. Congratulations on achieving two of your three goals! I’m sure you’ll make progress on the third goal too. Sharing your process with this has been very helpful for me. It’s given me ideas and inspiration. I haven’t begun to tackle my journals yet, but you’ve helped me see it can be accomplished through reasonable, achievable objectives. 🙂

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      It really is a nice way to start the day, and when I don’t pressure myself to be Virginia Woolf, or something, I actually enjoy it. Sort of a meditative experience. Let me know how it goes for you. We can compare notes when I come visit you!

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  2. Dee Dee Chumley

    From time to time, I get the urge to journal, but like many of my good intentions, the desire gets pushed aside by other activities. Maybe your links will provide the inspiration and discipline I need!
    Btw, LOVE the black and white photo! Did you take it?

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      I did take that photo — thank you! It’s my dining room table.

      Let me know if you try journaling again. I’d love to hear what works for you.

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      I’m so glad the friend made that suggestion! When I was teaching and we were still on block schedule, I would start each day with a journal prompt (provided by the students) and we’d have a fun little discussion afterwards, especially with the WEIRD prompts. 🙂 And I’d give journals to the winners of the poetry slam in the spring. Maybe that was when my hoarding began?

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  3. Brandi

    I love this post! Thanks for the links to journal prompts. They are fabulous. I love planning the new year and that 19 in 2019 resonates. I’ve now spent a bit of time online looking at those Paperblank journals. I’m sure I will own one soon.

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      I’m so glad you liked the post! You’ve always been much more disciplined than me about setting goals, etc. in your planner. Did you ever try bullet-journaling? I can’t remember if we talked about that. (It did NOT work for me bc I didn’t enjoy the prep part.) When you come to town we’ll have to talk journaling. 😀

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