Photo Credit - Arthit Suriyawongkul

Photo Credit – Arthit Suriyawongkul

We write a lot more words than we typically give ourselves credit for. Not only am I constantly writing blog posts on this and other sites, but I frequently write detailed emails to close family and friends. Throw in social media, commenting on other websites and personal journaling and I average probably a four digit word count every day.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you do too.

When it comes to my digital journal word count, I cheat. I’m bad. I steal, plunder and plagerize.

But it’s all okay! I’m not stealing someone elses words and calling them mine, I am stealing my own words and calling them mine. With a quick ctrl+c and ctrl+v (command for you Mac folks) I grab text I have already written and slap it right into my personal journal entries.

If you’ve been around Easy Journaling for any amount of time, this probably isn’t new to you. Today this post is going to be different, however, because I’m going to show you step by step how to do this the right way.

The reason that there is a right way and wrong way is because you have to properly give context for what you are doing. If you insert a detailed status update you wrote on Facebook into your personal journal without any explanation, it will sound weird. This is because you are writing for a different audience on Facebook than you are writing for yourself in your personal journal.

So let’s follow an example so that you can see how to do this in your own digital journaling. Let’s say that I recently wrote an email to my business mentor detailing my ideas and goals for the coming year. This is very important to me so I feel that it will add incredible value to my personal journal and want to paste it in.

The first step is to go into my Gmail account and go to the sent folder.


Photo Credit – Sam Lytle

I find the email I sent to my mentor and select the text using ctrl+a. I copy it using ctrl+c.

I then open up my digital journal (currently using Diaro 3 for Android) which has a web browser. Note that I’m doing this process on my computer but it could also work on a mobile device as well.

I create a new entry and match the date with the date that the email was sent.


Photo Credit – Sam Lytle

Since I have already copied the email, I can now paste it in using ctrl+v.

Now I need to give context so I write in bold letters above the email (if you can’t bold text in your journal, parenthesis will work too): Email Sent to Mentor About 2013 Goals

You can also write the context as part of the title of the entry, if your journal supports entries.

If he replied the same day you can paste his reply in the same entry, just below your original email. Make sure and write something like: Mentors Response to My Email

Now you make sure and save the entry and you are done! Writing a long entry never felt so easy!

There may be some rogue exceptions, but this method should be nearly universal. It is simply the process of taking words you have written and pasting them into your journal entries. I have been doing it for years and it is a great way to see details about your life that you would never include otherwise.

Give it a whirl and leave your experience in the comments below!