Posted on Mar 8, 2012 | 2 comments
The purpose of Easy Journaling is simple- make journal and diary keeping easier through modern applications and services for your smartphones, tablets and computers. Today I have a guest post from someone spearheading a movement that is perhaps the easiest way to journal available. How easy you ask? What if all you had to do was respond to an email once a day, explaining what you had accomplished.
I’ve tried it, and it is very easy. Better yet, it is even harder to forget since the emails are always there to remind you. The service is called iDoneThis and so far it is free so I highly recommend checking it out. I have especially found this FAQ to be very informative if you want to learn more about this unique website.
The following is from iDoneThis founder, Walter Chen.
You can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been. From the past, we learn about our present and future, gaining context and perspective. We nod at the importance of learning history so that we don’t repeat our mistakes.
Yet, we often don’t apply this to our own lives. We take stock every now and then, especially at crossroads in life, but otherwise we just let the days go by until, as the Talking Heads so aptly put it, you may ask yourself, well how did I get here?
Journaling is a great practice to capture your days, to create your personal map for charting your course ahead. Awareness of your history and habits gives you a better idea of what works for you and what conditions help you meet success, giving you a more meaningful sense of direction and more momentum to carry you through your present.
When you regularly write about your day, you’ll start connecting the dots that had been scattered around you all this time. You might notice that days you get up early and exercise, that you actually get three times more done. Maybe you’ll realize certain correlations between mood and productivity.
While this aspect translates into a really useful productivity tool, journaling is not just about tracking. It’s about your story. Look at Facebook’s switch to its timeline profile format. This is your shared-on-the-internet life, set into a visible personal narrative, a self map. You notice different things as compared to the old profile format, because there’s a richer sense of context and an easier way to take note of your past, locating all those “it’s complicated” periods.
In the same way, the process of writing about your day provides a much richer and contextual experience, fostering reflection and a sense of accountability, growing your self-awareness, motivation and even creativity.
iDoneThis is our super simple method of journaling. It keeps a record of whatever you choose to write down using a daily email that asks “What’d you get done today?” We hope you write down stuff you did, jot down a note or two about how your day was, maybe record funny and horrible things that happened during your day, but the content is totally up to you! We’ll keep track and you’ll have a record of your story, a map to use as fuel for progress, for motivation today, for a better tomorrow.Walter taught himself Ruby on Rails by using iDoneThis to reflect on what he learned every evening. Also, the daily email reminders help him keep his longest-running journal ever. Walter used to be a lawyer at Jenner & Block in Manhattan where he drafted a portion of the Examiner’s Report on the Lehman bankruptcy and co-authored amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Walter received his B.S. in computer science and mathematics and his M.Eng. in civil engineering from Cornell University, and he has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He lives in New York, New York.