Want to Journal More But Need a Nudge?
I found someone somewhere that had a journal prompt that emailed to me at a specific time each day a couple of months ago and I really loved it. Something about the habit of it all, the email dinging in my mailbox as a reminder to take some "me time." However, it was only 22 prompts or so and then it ended. I have been on the hunt for something similar for awhile now.
Then I kept getting the same ad on TikTok on this app or text message service on my and I kept wanting to try it but resisted for a long time. I ended up finally signing up for it in February and I haven't been disappointed since. I went ahead and paid $39.99 for a years subscription after trying it out for a month for free.
How it works?
Once you sign up it sends you text messages every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday with a question. They ask you thinks like "we all have some bad days. So, it's important we have strategies on hand to help us cope. What strategy would you like to journal about today? Friends, hobbies, self" and you get to pick what you would like to journal about! Isn't that cool? So it really can be tailored to how you are feeling in that moment. You text back your choice an then they send you a really pretty image with your prompt on it and a corresponding text telling you why this is prompt is helpful.
I then scanned my bookshelf looking for a journal that I already owned but maybe hadn't finished using all the way, and just proceeded to bring it with me to my spot on the couch or next to me at my desk. This sense of object permanence is really helpful when I feel the urge to do a little journaling during a break or to respond to the text nudge then I have the book right there.
With my bullet journaling there are a few things that I have learned to make my journaling with the Nudge app more helpful. I love to have a pen on hand, so I added a little sticker pen loop to the journal I found, since it didn't already have one. You can find those on amazon using the link below.
I also love to add little embellishments to the otherwise blank page. Sometimes I will randomly plop some stickers on a page or two, or I will add some washi tape or craft paper. Sometimes I will do a little sketchnote box around the prompt if I think that is helpful to know what I was doing. I also make sure to add the date and time, As I picked up this old journal there was some poems in it, some lists from a thought I had about mental load from YEARS AND YEARS ago I wish I knew when I had those thoughts about inequities in my home life and how they manifested years later- but I digress. So the date and time is important for me as well.
Without getting too personal and letting you see my journaling reflections you can still get the idea that adding a little sticker here or there helps with adding some interest to the page. Overall, I have tried a couple of other journaling apps or sign up options and this one has worked for me. I really think that the images and prompts that they send are high quality as well.
Let me know if you have other journal prompt resources in the comments below!