Reflective Journal

What is a reflective journal?

A reflective journal is a place to write down your daily thoughts in life. It can be something good or bad that happened to you that you can self-reflect and learn from the past experience.

A reflective journal can help you to identify important learning events that had happened in your life. The events include your relationship, career and personal life. By writing a reflective journal, you can find the source of your inspirations that defines you today. A reflective journal also provides a better understanding of your thought process.

Reason to write a reflective journal

  1. To understand the things that have happened.
  2. To reflect why it happened this way.
  3. To align future actions with your values and lessons learned from your past experiences.
  4. To share and get your thoughts and ideas out of your head.

The models of reflection

Reflection during the different phase of a learning process (Schön, 1983).

Before the experience

  • Think about the things that might happen.
  • What are the things that you feel might be a challenge?
  • The things that you can do to prepare for these experiences.

During the experience

  • Observe what is happening at the moment, as you make a particular decision.
  • Is it working out as expected? Are you dealing with the challenges well?
  • Is there anything you should do, say or think to make the experience successful?

After the experience

  • Describe your thoughts immediately after, and/or later when you have more emotional distance from the event.
  • Is there anything you would do differently before or during a similar event?
  • What are the takeaways from this experience/lesson?

Reflective journal prompts

Here are the 10 writing prompts to guide you in self-reflection and self-discovery.

  1. What makes you unique?
  2. Name someone that means a lot to you and why?
  3. Write a letter to your younger self.
  4. What is something you can do to focus more on your health and well-being?
  5. What makes you feel at peace.
  6. List 10 things that make you smile.
  7. What does it mean to live authentically?
  8. What is your favourite animal, and why?
  9. How do you maintain your physical/mental health? How can you do to improve the methods of recovery?
  10. List the things that you want to achieve this week.

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