Future Self Journaling: What Is It and How to Practice It?

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You won’t need to search long and hard to know that there are different journaling methods.

They can all potentially enrich one’s life and even deepen a person’s spiritual practice.

Of the different types of journaling, we noticed that there’s one that is not as commonly practiced as others, and that is future self journaling.

Have you ever heard of this journaling style? Do you think it might be something that you’ll enjoy?

We’re here to help you find out.

What Is Future Self Journaling?

We can think of a couple of reasons why future self journaling is not popularly practiced.

First, there are those who feel awkward writing to themselves, even if they are technically writing to someone else (their future selves).

Second, not everyone recognizes its potential.

So, what is future self journaling, anyway?

Also known as future journaling, it is a practice of writing to your future self with (ideally) the intention of reading what your past self wrote when the time comes.

It is not a new practice. Most of us had probably experienced a similar act in the form of preparing time capsules when we were younger.

How Do You Write A Future Self Journal?

Are you interested in having your own future self journal? Here are the steps you can follow to begin:

Step 1: Choose a Notebook

Starting a future self journal is just like starting any other journal. You begin by choosing a blank notebook.

It doesn’t need to look stunning, but a beautiful journal will certainly inspire you to write regularly.

Bleed-proof paper is also a requirement if you’re thinking of using a fountain pen or markers when journaling.

Getting a journal with acid-proof paper is ideal if you want your entries to remain readable even after decades of writing.

Step 2: Setting a Journaling Habit

The next step is to set aside a fraction of your time for journaling.

Doing this will keep you from losing the momentum you had when you wrote your first few pages.

It will also hold you accountable for your new habit, consistent in your practice, and make the most out of your journaling experience.

Step 3: Name Your Goal

You are now ready for your first journaling session. What do you want to achieve in this practice?

Do you want to manifest an ideal future self? Do you want to change bad habits?

How about setting goals and making a promise to yourself that you will push through in achieving them?

Name your goal in a concise statement, and put it on the first page of your journal.

This practice will serve as a reminder for your future self of the context or reason why you started writing in the first place.

As such, it will help you assess how you progressed so far towards that particular goal.

It can be a single goal or a number of smaller goals you are working towards.

Step 4: Create a Self-Assessment

The next step is to further provide context by dedicating a page to self-assessment.

Don’t know where to start? You can begin by simply introducing yourself.

You can also focus on your particular goal and write down where you are currently in terms of achieving it.

This will serve as an anchor or reference point moving forward.

Step 5: Write the First Entry

You are now fully prepped to write your first entry.

Write it as if you are writing to a friend, but you can be as intimate and honest as you can.

After all, you know that your future self will hold no judgment. You know you.

Step 6: Determine Your Ideal Future Self

Finally, just to add to the previous point, we want you to envision an ideal future self for you to write to.

One of the key aspects to make this journaling method work is to focus your thoughts on an ideal self that you’re sure you will eventually embody in the future.

Accept that you are currently in the process of becoming a little bit like him each day.

In this way, not only will you invite positive energies that can help manifest him, but you’ll also gain more motivation to make him a reality.

What Are Some Questions To Ask Your Future Self?

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One way to make this practice more interesting is to ask your future self things that you want to know about.

To make it even more exciting, did you know that he might just answer through a vision?

In any case, here are some questions that you can ask:

  • Did you eventually overcome our bad habits? How?
  • Have you accomplished our goal?
  • What actions did you take to be a better version of me?
  • What habits do you have that I don’t?
  • What is an ideal day like for you?

By asking these questions, you are already triggering a reflection on how you can make a better version of yourself possible.

How To Make The Most Out Of Future Self Journaling

Aside from asking your future self questions, here are more tips on how to make future journaling more enriching and powerful:

1. Make A Vision Board.

If you are having difficulties envisioning what your future self might be (or you’re experiencing anxiety about it), making a vision board might help.

It’ll help you feel excited about your goals and invite more positive energies that can potentially drive away the negative ones causing your anxiety.

There are different ways to create vision boards, too. Feel free to look for inspiration online.

One convenient and fun method is the old-school method.

To do this, look for images from a magazine or print them out and then paste them into a board. These images can represent your dream house, car, career path, and more.

Once you’ve done that, hang the vision board in a place where you’ll be able to see it every day.

The second method is by opting not to print out these images.

Instead, turn them into a photo collage you can use as a wallpaper for your computer. This is more effective if you use one every day.

You can then use this board as your reference when envisioning your future self and how fulfilled he is.

2. Create A Writing Zone.

We mean this both physically and mentally.

Search for a quiet space in your home with ample lighting where you will be able to journal undisturbed.

You might want to turn off your digital devices, as well, to help minimize anything that might mentally distract you from what you are doing.

3. Incorporate Journaling Into Your Daily Routine.

Among the best ways to develop a habit is to latch a new one into an existing one.

For instance, if you are used to taking a shower before going to bed, you could try scheduling your journaling habit right after.

In this way, you will surely remember to pick up that journal every time you shower.

4. Avoid Writing Negatively.

One of the main objectives you want to achieve in this practice is to invite more positive vibrations into your life.

Hence, it would certainly be counterproductive if you’re going to allow negative thoughts to spill into its pages.

That being said, we’re not saying you’re not allowed to write the things you want to improve on, not at all.

Rather, make sure these are points you can actually do something about.

Because if not, you’re just going to beat yourself up for nothing while attracting more negativities into your life.

5. Leverage It.

Following the previous point, use your journal’s pages to write things you would otherwise not tell anyone else.

You can leverage this habit to work out any issues you might have with a more forgiving presence who really understands what you’re going through (your future self).

For instance, we can’t count how many pages we’ve written on for brain dumping purposes.

Doing so lets us look at our thoughts concretely so that we can take a step back and have a more level-headed assessment.

You can also use your future journal to plan things or create references on how to act like the ideal version of yourself.

Eventually, in time, you’ll finally become your future self.

How Do I See My Future Self?

One fundamental question to ask yourself before starting is, “How do I see my future self?”

Answering this question can help you realize your potential so that you can work towards that better version of yourself.

Do this while documenting your experience as a reference.

The key is to not be afraid to ask your future self whatever question you want answers to.

Actually, this practice is encouraged. Later on, it can help your future self reflect on your life journey so far.


When done right and regularly, future self journaling can be a very fulfilling experience.

It can relieve anxiety, increase positivity, and help in goal achievement.

After all, this practice allows you to talk to your future or ideal self, which can help manifest the things in your life you want to change or improve.

There are different techniques to keep in mind to make the most out of the experience, but if there’s one thing we highly recommend, that would be journaling regularly.

Turn it into a habit. In the end, it simply won’t work if you only do it rarely.

The more you journal, the more you will be able to unlock its benefits.

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