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 important in their lives.
Keeping a gratitude journal makes it easier to focus on priorities. It shows us how our past wants were achieved or dismissed and it gives us an idea of what areas of our lives are good and which areas need improvement. For example, we may have created a good career, but haven’t kept the friends from our past as close as we would have liked to. The gratitude journal can help us find a way to reconnect with our old gang and find ways to let them know how much that part of your life meant to you.[...]Click here to continue reading...
After reviewing several really good journaling apps, My Diary – Private Journal was quite a letdown. In all fairness I must state that I am a bit of an App Junkie and I enjoy apps that are feature rich as well as apps that are highly customizable. My Diary – Private Journal is neither. What you see is what you get, and you don’t get much. Nevertheless, how can one complain when the price is right… it is free. When an app is free what could you lose? All you invested is the time it took you to determine whether you like it or not.
Before moving on, let me make it clear that this review is on My Diary – Private Journal (MDPJ). There is another app called My Diary that has an icon very similar to MDPJ.[...]Click here to continue reading...
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.[...]Click here to continue reading...
I’m a stat nerd, so to be honest, I’m not sure why I haven’t done this before. It all started with a simple question I had the other day:
How much have I really written in my journals?
It wasn’t the sort of question that has no answer or is not quantifiable, it was a very clear and direct question that I knew I could find the answer to. I turned to the tool that I have become oh-so-familiar with as an aspiring engineer- a spreadsheet.[...]Click here to continue reading...
To call Evernote a product wouldn’t do it justice. This uber-popular note taking service has expanded to the point where it is an entire platform. Now there are dozens (if not hundreds) of applications that tap into the service for backup and more that enhance it. It is free for limited use and for a small price you can get almost unlimited uploading for notes and pictures.
If you aren’t familiar with Evernote, I will let Wikipedia explain it to you:
“Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms (including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, Android, iOS and WebOS), and also offers online synchronization and backup services.”
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If you have used Evernote, you may have realized that it could make a splendid digital journal. Not only is it free but also available on almost any platform and very easy to use. Still, I personally would never use it as a daily journal. This is mostly because the service is almost to broad to be used just for journaling. In other words, I wouldn’t want to mix all of my notes with my private journal entries. Most people probably wouldn’t care and I think Evernote is a great option for them.
I’ve yet to make a master list of reasons why I am becoming more and more convinced that digital journals are superior (for me!) than handwritten journals with pen and paper. My ebook Modern Journaling contains 9 specific reasons and I am noticing new ones continually as technology improves and the world moves in that direction. Perhaps some day soon that full list will present itself, but until then I give to you one of my favorite reasons why I choose eJournaling in this day and age- Copy/Paste.
My handwriting is atrocious so I already prefer a keyboard over a pen, but when there are additional ways to make my journaling even easier, I’m usually in. When you copy and paste, you are basically having someone else do the typing for you. That’s right, put other people to work to improve your journal!
You may be wondering why you would ever want to copy and paste someone else’s words into your personal journal. There are, in fact, dozens of reasons why, including these suggestions:
Call it a blessing or a curse, but one option you have keeping a digital journal that you don’t with handwritten ones is that you can move/duplicate/delete the files. This can be done either purposefully or even on accident if you are not careful.
An extension of this ability is that it is sometimes possible to move your journal entries from one eJournal to another. Unfortunately, however, this process is cumbersome at best and excruciatingly frustrating at worst. This is likely because these software developers aren’t looking for compatibility with competitors but focus rather on macing their own applications better.
I’ve been dwelling on this subject lately more than usual because I am currently embroiled in the process and on the aforementioned frustration spectrum, I am leaning towards the ‘worse’ end. I spoke of my reasoning of why I switched from Wonderful Days to Penzu a few months ago, but this is the first time I have talked about the actual process of switching. Yes, it is still a work in process, even months later. Instead of giving you a blow by blow of my personal experience (of which very few will deal with), I present six items to consider when/if you decide that the first eJournal you chose isn’t the best choice and you want to migrate to another.[...]Click here to continue reading...
Easy Journaling is built with the purpose to make- wait for it- journaling easier. Of course this has turned into a heavy emphasis on taking part in the practice with digital means which is usually things like smartphones, tablets and computers. This doesn’t necessarily mean that journaling is easier if done digitally. This is just the result of, in my own experience, if I don’t keep a journal electronically in my currently busy life, I don’t keep one at all.
If you notice the poll to the right of this post, you will see a simple question with a few options. Even though this poll just started and only has a few votes, pen and paper is the preferred way to journal by a decent margin. This may change as votes continue to come in, but in the bigger scheme of things, the results really don’t matter.
To me, if I can help you get into any kind of journal and/or improve your practice, I have succeeded. Since there are many others in the journaling space online, I am grateful to be the digital go-to for this incredible pass-time. That doesn’t mean, however, that I haven’t personally filled several bound journals nor discourage your keeping a journal or diary with pen and paper, Morse code or stitching (or… whatever). As long as it fulfills you and it fits into your schedule, I say go for it![...]Click here to continue reading...
It’s been a while, but a few months ago I wrote about an interesting little diary/notebook app for the iPhone called Meernotes when it first came out (it was initially called Molenotes). I gave it fairly high praises and it has seen similar respect from other critics and users alike. Unlike other digital writing mediums where every page is essentially unlimited, Meernotes strives to actually duplicate a little notebook by only allowing you to write a certain amount of words on each page. After that you can turn the page (which, fortunately, seem to be unlimited) and continue your thought.
Not only are these pages and notebooks gorgeous, but you can keep multiple journals and store them on a built-in bookshelf. It also includes Dropbox syncing, several fonts, bookmarking, indexing, tabbing and more.
Even though I quickly fell in love with Meernotes, there were a few missing features that prevented me from making it into my daily journal. Most notably was the missing password as I would never even start a journal/diary without one. There also isn’t any way to insert pictures into entries and PDF export would be nice. Basically, Meernotes is really as close as you can to having a little notebook on your iPhone and doesn’t really try and be a true diary, and that’s okay.[...]Click here to continue reading...