February is an excellent time to take stock of where you’re and what you want.
It’s the season of love and romance, and we must take the time to pause and celebrate those close to us. Whether you want to show your partner how much they mean to you or just want to spend some time with your friends and family.
With National Freedom Day and American Heart Month, February is also a time to test our knowledge and learn about history.
40 February Journal Prompts
Whether you’re returning to work after a restful vacation or looking for a fresh start after the new year, these February journal prompts will help inspire you and get your creativity going.
Choose a writing prompt each day and start writing from February 1st:
- How would you describe February in one word?
- How do you think February will be different than last year?
- How has the new year started for you so far?
- What things did you not accomplish last year that you’d like to accomplish this year?
- What about your goals and resolutions for this year?
- What’re your plans and goals for this month?
- How do you plan to make better use of your time this month?
- Does February bring up any feelings in you that you need to process?
- What do you want to learn more about this month?
- How have you grown this month?
- What’s the most important thing you’re looking forward to in February?
- How do you feel about February only being 28 days long?
- What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
- What’re things that give you a sense of comfort?
- Do you’ve any traditions or superstitions about this time of year?
- How did you spend Valentine’s Day last year?
- Who’d you like to spend Valentine’s Day with and why?
- Do you’ve any plans for Valentine’s Day? If so, what’re they?
- What’s your favorite thing about love and romance? Are there any stories about this that you remember particularly well?
- How do you show love to the people around you? What’s love shown itself in for you lately?
- How do you feel about Valentine’s Day and its commercialization?
- What are your favorite Valentine’s Day traditions and activities?
- Where would it be and why if you could take a month-long vacation in February?
- What’s your favorite winter food?
- What person are you thinking about the most this February?
- What skills do students (for middle school) need to practice during winter break?
- What’s the best thing about winter?
- What’s your favorite winter activity?
- What’s your favorite winter memory?
- What’s the worst thing about winter?
- If you’d to pick one month to live in forever, what month would it be and why?
- What’s the best thing that happened to you this past month?
- How can you be kinder to yourself this month?
- Pick one of your favorite winter memories from your childhood and describe it in detail.
- What do you want to do more of this year?
- Why does National Freedom Day matter in the United States?
- Is National Freedom Day important to you? Why or why not?
- If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, what would he say about the world today? And about the United States?
- Why should I post on social media for American Heart Month?
- What are you most looking forward to in March?
How to Begin a Journal Entry
There are many techniques you can choose from. You can start with a question, an exciting anecdote, or just a list of events from the day.
You can also write something introspective, like how you’re feeling or what you think about something happening in your life. And then there’s always the classic “Today I did this…” approach.
But no matter what kind of journal you write in – whether a physical book or an app on your phone – it’s best to start by thinking about where you want to be when you’re done.
- What do you hope to accomplish after you write these February writing prompts?
- How will it feel?
- What’ll it look like? What’ll happen next time?
Then write those things down first, rather than worrying about how good your creative writing skills are or whether anyone will read your journaling prompts work. The more specific and concrete your vision is, the better your chance of making it happen!
You Can Also Write Down Your Plans and Goals for This Month
You can also use these February journal prompts as an opportunity to reflect on the past month.
- Did any of your goals work out last month?
- How did they work out?
- What did you learn from them?
- What do you want to change in February?
- Write down three new goals showing where you want to go this month!
Remember, it’s not just about writing around a journal prompt – it’s also about thinking about what happened last month and how it can help you with your plans!
How to Make Your Journal More Exciting
Writing in a journal is a great way to organize your thoughts, manage stress, and reflect on your day. However, there are so many ways to make journal writing more exciting! Here are a few tips to keep your journal fresh and fun:
- Use different pens. Even if you only use one pen, you should change the color or style of ink every few weeks. You’ll find that it makes writing more fun and gets you out of your rut.
- Write in different places. If you take your journal with you when you travel, you can record all the new things you experience without having to lug around a bunch of stuff (and remember where everything is!).
- Change the way you write. Instead of writing in long paragraphs or lists, try bullet points or numbered lists!
- Add photos or drawings to your entries. This will help you remember the moments when everything seemed perfect and remind you how much has changed since then!
You should also consider doing something special once a week – maybe take the time to write down what made your day great or write an entry about something that happened during the week that was interesting. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but it’s nice if you can capture those little moments during the week.
Give Yourself Permission to Be Vulnerable
The year is just getting started, and you still have a few months ahead of you to think about how you want to grow as a person.
This month, focus on permitting yourself to be vulnerable.
We’re all human – we have weaknesses, we make mistakes, and we have things we need to work on. But when it comes down to it, vulnerability makes us great. Vulnerability allows us to connect with others and build meaningful relationships with them. It allows us to stand up for ourselves and speak our minds when needed. It makes us feel secure enough in our skin to be ourselves without worrying about what others think of us.
So this month, allow yourself to be vulnerable. Think about what makes you most uncomfortable – maybe it’s fear of failure or criticism; maybe it’s fear of letting go of control of your life, or maybe it’s something else entirely – and then try ways to make yourself vulnerable in those situations.
February Brings a Fresh Start and a Chance to Set Your Goals for the Year
Whether you’re putting together your February writing prompts calendar for your journal or preparing a lesson plan for your students or kids, each of the February writing prompts above is designed to give you a thought or idea to work on.
Think about what’s important to you (or to your students) this month, and pick a journal prompt to get started. Then think about what’ll help you (or them) feel motivated and achieve those goals.
Don’t overwhelm yourself, journaling should be enjoyable!