Daily Prompt Cycles


The Decade Thirty Daily Prompt Cycles was an idea I created in November 2015 to help focus some of my logbook/journal entries. The concept is simple: there are 31 main prompts which are scrambled and assigned to each day of any given month. The following month, the same 31 main prompts are used and scrambled again to each day. Below is an example of November’s prompt cycle:



To read the Prompt Cycle Calendar (picture above), you’ll need a copy of the 31 main prompts (see links below) and a bit of concentration. You can clearly see that the numbers are all out of order and doesn’t make much sense, right? Using the example above, November 1 falls on a Saturday, and the Prompt Cycle Calendar has the number 13 on it – this number represents the prompt you answer for November 1. So explained another way: on November 1 you answer Prompt 13, which is Describe your evening, on November 2, you answer prompt 1, which is What made you smile today?, and so on and so forth. There are no right or wrong answers, and you can get as creative as you’d like. The prompts are designed to be answered in 10-15 minutes at the end of each day, but you can answer them whenever it takes your fancy.

Check back on the blog to get the Prompt Cycle Calendar for each month. I’ll usually publish them on the last day of each month.


Below are the 31 main prompts for two Prompt Cycles that I offer – all FREE to download for personal use :)

The Daily Prompt Cycle is the original prompt cycle that I offered from November 2015 and are continuing on for 2016. These consist of different focus questions that help you reflect on and appreciate your day.

These are the Small calendar versions (two calendars to an A4 page)

The Daily Lists Prompt Cycle is a prompt cycle that appeals to the listing enthusiast in all of us. These are much shorter prompts that can be answered in 5 minutes or less (with the exception of one prompt!), but still capture some of the aspects of your day.

These are the Small calendar versions (two calendars to an A4 page)

If you’d like to share some of your responses, please feel free to do so by tagging me on Instagram (@decadethirty) or using the hashtag #d30promptcycle or drop me an email [email protected]. I love seeing everyone’s responses but above all else, I hope the prompt cycles provides you with an alternative to capturing your every day moments :)



10 thoughts on “Daily Prompt Cycles

  1. Thanks so much! This was so easy to read and understand I have both prompts downloaded and I’m going to begin using them! What a blessing you are! Have a fabulous Wednesday!

  2. Hi I’m still new to this and I have been working on my journal but there are so many things that I am putting into it and doing research and what best describes how I want to set everything up and add collections, etc. I read that alot of research should be done to get the feel of it.

    But the main thing I wanted to ask you is where can i see samples of the prompt cycle, I also want to do #ROCK YOUR HANDWRITING, ETC. but I am planning to use a 1917 but I don’t know how to set it up. Each of the challenges are different and I would put them in the same book (keeping all the months together). I would like to know if you have any layouts that I can take a look out to get a better feel.

    And when using a dot journal the purpose is to keep the letters inside the dots!!lol

    Thank you

  3. Hi, I just came across this and am very excited to try this! Can you provide me the April prompt, please?

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