Believe it or not, September is National Self-Improvement Month. Perhaps it’s because school starts again or maybe it’s because a new season begins on the 22nd. Regardless, this month is a time to set goals, attend a conference, or do anything that makes you a better person. Not sure how to celebrate? We got you covered with journal prompts that will get you thinking about…well, you.

Prompts for Self-Improvement
  1. How do you take care of yourself on a daily basis?
  2. What’s something worth splurging on for yourself?
  3. Do you work outside of the home? If so, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  4. Write down a quote that has resonated with you for a while, and explain why it means so much to you.
  5. If your body could talk to you, what would it say? It’s tired? Too busy? Needs exercise and attention?
  6. What lesson have you learned that has surprised you about your life?
  7. Think about a time where you didn’t like the way you reacted in a given situation. In hindsight, how would you have reacted differently? (Note: learn from it, write it down, and let it go.)
  8. What have you accomplished in the past year? Did you give yourself enough credit for this accomplishment?
  9. If you could take a class on anything starting tomorrow, what would it be and why?
  10. Write down a bad habit that you would like to break and your plan for doing so.
  11. What would you like to do this month to improve yourself?
  12. Write down what life has taught you this month.
    “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.” -Unknown
  13. What do you think is the difference between living and existing? What does this quote mean to you?
    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”(Oscar Wilde)
  14. What’s something that has been on your list of personal goals? How can you take the first step to accomplish it?
  15. What book are you currently reading? What do you want to read next?
  16. Would you consider taking on a new hobby? If so, what would it be?
  17. Are you happy about what time you go to bed and wake up? Or do you wish you could change your routine?
  18. Do you have an exercise routine? If not, how can you start one?
  19. When was the last time you did something that was outside of your comfort zone? How did you feel afterward?
  20. What’s one of your weaknesses that you would like to start making one of your strengths?
  21. Are you writing in your journal regularly? Why or why not?

Self-improvement should be something that you think about on a regular basis. Writing in your journal and tracking your progress will help you achieve big goals. Plus, you’ll get to see how far you’ve come. It might be easiest to dedicate one day per week (for example, Monday morning) to entries that pertain to your personal development. Then you’ll develop a routine around planning and accomplish your goals.

If journal prompts are helpful to your journal-writing success, be sure to check out our free journal prompts generator at

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