There are a lot of great articles on Medium and other channels about self-improvement, productivity, and wellness. A reoccurring tip I’ve seen is the meditative practice of writing.
Especially with the new year approaching, I aim to practice writing more. Either in the morning when I wake up, at night before bed, or both. I have an inkling that some of you out there have a similar resolution.
I’d like to share some free worksheets I put together to help with this new exercise. Click here to access them.
They are printable worksheets with questions to prompt thoughts and ideas to write about. Each sheet has two sections.
Left-side is meant to be answered in the morning to help inspire, excite, and motivate for the day. The questions are outward and actionable.
Right-side is for at night to help deliberate, reflect, and develop self-awareness. The questions focus on introspection.
The intention is to start your day with outflow, and end your day with inflow.
I find typical self-reflection questions are too broad. “If today was your last day to live, what would you do?” “What makes you, you?” “What is your biggest regret?”
Questions like these are huge. And don’t offer guidance on how to approach and navigate providing an answer. Which is why the questions are broken down and grounded in a certain topic.
They also focus on the present. They are mostly about today or the near future. They don’t poke around in the past or develop unrealistic expectations for the future.
The narrative is always first person, to develop the familiarity of posing questions to yourself. Eventually you might start coming up with your own self-reflective questions to write about.
I find it important to print the sheets out instead of accessing them on a phone, tablet, or computer. It’s healthy to avoid checking emails first thing in the morning. Also, we should have at least 1 hour before bed without the blue light that comes from devices.
By having these printed out and putting pen to paper, it keeps us off of our devices and away from other distractions. Like those oh so tempting social media feeds.
For those of you with a notebook that you’ve been dying to use for something like this, I included a worksheet that compiles all the questions on one page. This way, you can refer to the sheet for the questions and write in that awesome notebook.
There are 31 questions per section. Enough for at least one month’s worth of daily writing, especially for the disciplined folks. I aim to be like you one day. But for now, baby steps.
Especially with hectic days seeming to fly by and blend into the next, sometimes we need to be still and do a brain dump. I hope these worksheets come in handy.