Although I’m probably an above average journal keeper, I have never pretended to be perfect. I have even confessed 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 am still not where I want to be.
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.[...]Click here to continue reading...
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...
As you may have heard in the most recent podcast, our family has made some major life decisions recently. These have spiraled us into an exciting direction but has also given us low stability as we have been basically living with family and out of suitcases for a month.
I say this to give context to the type of month that June was; not your typical month. Still, we managed to capture our life significantly along the way and have had some great moments together. This included our big move, several family gatherings and a vacation/reunion in Utah.[...]Click here to continue reading...
Spelling bees are cute, aren’t they? Children gathering to demonstrate a talent that hasn’t been relevant since before they were born. This is comparable to me taking part in a typewriter competition when I was in grade school 20 years ago. Typewriters were largely irrelevant at that time just like spelling on the fly is largely irrelevant now. Spell check has killed the spelling B, even if society hasn’t come to grasp with that fact now.
I’ve thought considerably about what role proper spelling and grammar play in my personal journal. When I was handwriting my journals they played only a small role. I’ve never been a great speller and I wasn’t about to pull down the ol’ Websters to correctly spell a word that few- if any- other human beings would ever read. Journals and diaries of ages past have always been filled with poor English (and other languages, I’m sure), which is okay. The words aren’t about correctness, they are about capturing history in a very unique and powerful way.[...]Click here to continue reading...
Let me be clear, this post isn’t necessarily for regular Easy Journaling readers. You understand the basics and many of you are consistently leveling up what you do with your digital journaling abilities.
No, I’m talking to everyone else. Not just everyone who comes to this site but everyone who has downloaded a journal or diary app.
This is a letter to the entire world of anyone who has even thought about downloading a journal or diary app for their smartphone or tablet.
Ever.[...]Click here to continue reading...
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:
Routine is the best friend of consistent journaling. Once that daily schedule is broken, however, things get a little murky and one who writes an entry every day can easily find themselves a week behind.
So what do you do? Should journal goals only be for days of routine? I am currently finding myself in this situation. On the road for over a week, I still want to keep up writing these memories, especially since I am making them with family and friends I don’t see every day.
One tip is to not get discouraged. If you miss a day, don’t sweat it. Worrying about it will only increase your risk of missing more days in a row. Just make the next one a little longer. You can also consider writing two entries to make up for one if keeping your goal is that important.[...]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...
Let’s cut to the chase right from the beginning: there is no right or wrong journaling frequency. If you are comfortable doing it every day or just once a year, either way is fine. The most important concept that will make you happy about the experience is your habit matching your goal. For example, if you want to write once a week and you only manage about once a month, you won’t be satisfied.
I just want to consider for a second the ramifications the consistency of your journal keeping has on the content within. These are things I have learned from experience, but would love to hear if you have seen the same trend with your own writing.
Journal writing can be closely compared to Google Maps. When you are zoomed far out on, say, the state you live in, it is like writing in your journal rarely (like once a month or longer). Although you can’t make out the details, you get a quick general sense of the landscape. Sure, you don’t know what you daily routine is like for that period of your life, but you do know the main themes and story lines. You can’t see the town you live in, but you do see some mountain ranges and how the location relates to other states.[...]Click here to continue reading...
When it comes to journaling, I am experienced, but I’m not pro. My expertise is more in the mobile and app worlds and my love of journaling is a nice compliment, especially when in helping others find good digital journals. This is why I am grateful to call in the professionals now and again to really show us all how it is done. Simply Bliss Life is a blog that is dedicated to encouraging awareness through journaling. Monique Halley from Simply Bliss was grateful enough to share this piece about her ongoing Jouranling Challenge. I highly encourage you to not only read this, but check out Simply Bliss Life as well.
If you want to discover who you truly are, you will have to get on a path of self-discovery, which can be a frightening process. You have to be willing to question your own thoughts and issues which before, you were afraid to acknowledge to yourself. Despite it being frightening, it’s also very rewarding. You will have to do a great deal of writing. Therefore, journaling is the best technique to use as a way to record your experiences. The writing process forces you to stop and be present with your thoughts. You will be able to review or reread earlier reflections, which will help you find meaning in what is being examined. Over the years I have personally experience the benefits of getting to know my true self. Examining my life gave me the courage to be honest and open with myself, I was able to recognize unhealthy habits and patterns and make necessary changes. One of the best returns was getting clarity on what I wanted to do in life and the steps I needed to take to accomplish my goals.[...]Click here to continue reading...
How’s those new years resolutions comin’? I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that you, like myself, have not only discontinued your resolutions, but have even forgotten what they were in the first place.
Why are people so terrible at creating new habits? Why is self improvement so difficult?
One of my theories is because life is a process. We are here to learn and grow and become better people. If we always take the easy route, we won’t ever improve.
One of the most popular self improvement categories is health. Journaling roughly fits this bill as well as eating right and exercise. Because of parents who engrained in me the benefits of journaling from a young age, it is one area where I haven’t struggled keeping a good habit at.[...]Click here to continue reading...
It’s not that I don’t care or don’t try, I just get lazy sometimes. I leave out the real substance and settle for the Oreo cookies that go with every meal- a log of the days events.
But fortunately I try and improve every day as well. Sometimes I make a concerted effort to stay away from the empty calories and go for the healthy stuff. The kind my mom used to hide in our pancakes.
Like cracked wheat and stuff.
So, here are 3 quick tips that I sometimes use that will improve your journal TODAY:
Did it work? Let me know in the comments.[...]Click here to continue reading...
I once had a brilliant idea for my journals. I wanted to get colored pencils and go through them, page by page, color coding different themes. I would use blue for inspiration, yellow for a funny story, green for a life changing event, and so on.
Of course I never did this. It would be far to much work for something no one would ever appreciate, including myself. Fortunately, with eJournals, I have realized that a small variation on this idea is not only possible, but it is easy and very effective.
If you use an online or mobile journal, you may be aware of a “Search” function built in (if you haven’t yet started one of these, you should probably make sure the one you choose has this feature). This is a great way to quickly find an event or a person you know you wrote about in the past. This is one of the key selling points for switching to digital journaling as a similar search through a physical journal would be nearly impossible.[...]Click here to continue reading...