Photo Credit - mockable.org

Photo Credit – mockable.org

Although I’m probably an above-average journal keeper, I never pretend to be perfect. I confess that I only score a 4 out of 5 on my own digital journaling scale. I believe in it and I try to faithfully keep up with it, but I could still do better.

Well, today I have some more confessions to share.

I basically missed the month of October with my journaling.

Oh, and most of September as well. 

This isn’t to discourage you but rather will hopefully help you. The reason I feel this short story will help you is because we all have times where we ‘fall of the horse’ in journaling. The secret in successful journal writing isn’t just in getting back on the horse but to try to figure out why you fell off the last time.

I mentioned before that I have been using Everyday Timeline. I love several things about this cross-platform journaling software. I like the developer responsiveness as well as PDF backup. But most of all, I like the automation. Every time I post on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook a new entry is created in Everyday Timeline. In theory, these automated posts would be interspersed with private and personal journal entries on a consistent basis.

Great theory, right?

What happened to me is that I got so comfortable knowing that my journal was being ‘kept’ for me, even if it wasn’t really, that I kept putting off my real journal writing. When I was tired at night and knew that I should write an entry to capture my thoughts and feelings on the day, I would just shrug it off since I posted an Instagram picture with a funny caption that was now snug in my Everyday Timeline.

I knew what was happening — I was seeing it right in front of my eyes! Still, it took weeks to take action that would get me back on the right track.

So what did I do to get back on track? I switched back to Diaro. I had always enjoyed using this program and remembered why the first time I opened it and made an entry in months. Something about the user interface just makes the experience more enjoyable.

Now saying that I am giving up on Everyday Timeline and switching back to Diaro isn’t entirely true. What I am going to do is have two journals. This is possible because I will just keep Everyday Timeline automated and do my ‘real’ journal entries in Diaro. When I am ready to make a backup to my journal vault I will do so with both of these journals. Chronologically overlapping PDFs in my journal vault may be a little confusing but it will actually be kind of nice to have two concurrent records of the same time period from a public and private perspective.

So now I’m back on the horse. I’m not saying that will never happen again, but I have learned a lesson that I will hopefully not commit again.

Alright, now it is confession time. Tell us in the comments about the time that you went way too long without writing a journal entry!