In today’s world, it can be very easy to focus on the things we don’t have rather than pay thanks to the things that we do have. Indeed, that’s when keeping a gratitude journal comes in to play. Not only does it take the focus off our unnecessary wants, it gives us a reason to reflect on all of the good things in our lives. And you shouldn’t limit the project to just yourself. Instead, involve the whole family and let the gratitude journal your children keep become a way to show them what is truly...read more!
You may have read on EasyJournaling.com, our mid-summer review of Thoughtree (the Beta) but I’m pleased to reevaluate my recommendation now that it has hit the iTunes App Store, all tweaked and tuned for iOS 7 and free for the taking. Developer, Jude Abeler, offers journalers his “personal thought network” for practical productivity, with a classic user interface in black, white and green. Its charming tree logo reminded me of my children’s’ book collection, which included The Giving Tree. Both are delightfully...read more!
Narrato’s user-interface is simple, uncluttered black text on white background. Don’t look for too much color from here on though. Set up your account with an email and a password for security. I know, its pretty light-weight, but it is security. On the first entry page, pressing the down arrow in the left corner opens the main menu consisting of user-customizable icons. Day-by-Day (calendar) opens to your on-going journal entries with the most recent up top (thank you!). It also shows where you are (town), the temp plus...read more!
Our introduction to “Thoughtree” was a beta version of a “personal thought network”, described by its award winning developer, Jude Abeler, as “drop dead simple”. That is an understatement. In its concept, Thoughtree is decidedly uncomplicated, and yet visually appealing. Its black and white design is the very essence of “simple”. Each new entry is “tagged” by the user with one of thirteen clip-art style symbols, which are called categories. So a user might, for example, select the heart symbol for...read more!
Day One’s visually appealing, classic and simple black and white Main Menu page reminds me of every girl’s must have” little black dress”. It may look simple, but it dresses up very nicely. The screen is split 60/40. The white area shows a camera and a large plus sign icon. Easy to figure out and pretty simple, right? Lower black section lists the features of Day One such as timeline, photos, tags, calendar, starred, number of years you’ve kept the journal and settings. To begin a new entry, simply press the plus...read more!
Player above not working? Either click here, or right-click and “Save Link” to download the episode. This one is for you, Apple fans. (Sorry all of you Android owners, you are coming up next!) In episode 5 of the Capturing Life Through Technology podcast I discuss the top 5 journals and diaries for the iPhone with a few honorable thrown in at the end. I am actually an Android user now but I was an iPhone guy for almost 2 years and my wife still has an iPhone. To be honest, the iPhone journal and diary selection...read more!
Keeping a journal is similar to exercise. Some people start it out strong; going to the gym every day, doing the necessary warm-ups and buying the required items but there will come a point where the thrill and excitement fizzles up. For people who want to keep a journal, the problem is not in the determination or the time. Sometimes, we just don’t know what to write about. We face an empty piece of paper with a pen at hand just letting precious time pass by. Then we give up. If you are one of the many people who encounter...read more!
Not only does keeping a journal on your favorite device have incredible benefits over the alternative, but it is usually very affordable as well. While I typically encourage the serious digital journaler to eventually pay for a premium service, free alternatives are a great choice if you are just getting started. To help you out I have compiled a list of the top 5 free ways you can get started on your digital journaling adventure for free. Try the free option of a journaling service. Many journal services allow you to try...read more!
The benefits of keeping a digital journal over a classic, hand-written journal are clear and growing every year. It is now more secure, private, convenient and enjoyable to keep a digital journal than the more old fashioned methods. As I speak to you through email and social media, however, there is one aspect of hand-written journals that many of you aren’t willing to fully let go of- the hand-written part. For some reasons there is a perception out there that there are fewer benefits of journaling via your fingers...read more!
Looking for that perfect journal app is just like shopping for any other item. Imagine wanting to buy a new desk and going to an IKEA store. That certain familiar feeling is there; you know what you want and you know you want it now. The only problem is that all of a sudden, all desks seem to look alike. That vision of the perfect desk is gone. What’s left is a room full of possible purchases that leave you catatonic at the very least. Journal apps tend to be alike in some ways, especially if you have seen as many as I...read more!
What Is Your Best Journal App? Visitors come to Easy Journaling for a variety of reasons but the most popular is to find the best journal app for their favorite device. Just type “best android diary” or “best iPhone journal” into any Google search bar and you will probably be directed to this website. As nice as the ‘best journal app‘ posts are that you will find here, they aren’t really that helpful because each user has such different criteria. The top 5 apps for Jack won’t be the same for...read more!
Vince Doss recently reached out to me asking a few questions and explaining his journey attempting to find the right digital journal in his busy life. I was inspired and educated by his story enough that I encouraged him to write it out for all of you to enjoy as well. As you will soon see, Vince is on the right track and his careful selection process will increase his chances of an enjoyable and fulfilling journaling experience. Take it away Vince! I am an IT support professional and I have just taken up journaling in the...read more!
If you are looking for the perfect journal to compliment your slick new iPad, you have come to the right place. That’s right, these are the top 5 iPad journals and diaries to keep your entries and make them beautiful. So what would you want in an journaling app for the iPad? Many of them have beautiful interfaces and are loaded with features like syncing with other services like Dropbox, social media check ins, and maps just to name a few. Others have interfaces that focus solely on the task at hand- getting your...read more!
A while back I wrote a post on a new iPhone application called Everyday.me and how it was the latest in a movement to automate your personal journal. Well, apparently Everyday.me was an early build and now the full product is out and called Everyday Timeline. This cute application has now become a force in the iOS journal space and with a few m ore improvements could become one of my top recommendations. Everyday Timeline now includes many of the features that I consider important or even essential such as: Exporting - you...read more!
You can tell when I like an app because you will not only see an initial review, but also road tests and updates when they get new features. Penzu, LDS Journal and Wonderful Days are all on this short list. Also on this list (see here and here) is one of my all time favorites, Meernotes by Fabulously Retro. Never has an iPhone application felt so much like a real notebook as this little treasure. It is as beautiful as it is functional and I’ve continually found uses for it, even though it isn’t my personal...read more!