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...
Among journal apps, there are features that matter and features that don’t. Of course it would be absolutely awesome (and entirely possible) to have pretty much all of the features from insignificant to vital, but I am yet to find that app. So instead it is important to find the features that are most important to us and make sure the journal we choose has most of them.
Day One has most of them, for me anyways. And the ones that aren’t available are on tap for inclusion in future releases. The proactive mindset that the developer Bloom Built has makes me feel more comfortable about Day One being “future proof” (or at least “future resistant”).
Instead of the more classic feel that Momento and Molenotes opt for, Day One chooses a clean and modern look. Styling is consistent and the different elements match well. Of course there isn’t an option to change the theme if you are into that (though the most recent update brought different font sizes), but the light blue throughout stays with the branding. Oh, and the icon is one of the best.[...]Click here to continue reading...
If you are recently switching from handwritten journals to digital (or even currently doing both), simple text entries might be enough for you at this point. That is perfectly fine, but if you are looking for a little bit more, there are special apps like Flava™ – Save All Moments! that allow the user to add entries in ways you didn’t even know were possible.
I really like the way Flava is set up. Instead of every entry being the same and just allowing the importing of pictures, links or other media, there are seven different entry types to choose from: text, photo, places, music, books, URL and recordings. Most entry types are rather deep as well. For example, books is integrated into Google Books so you can search for a book and it will bring up the information with it. You can then comment on the book. Music will link to a song in your library that you can play right from the diary and photo allows you to add graphics to your pictures before you input them into the entry.
Tags are super simple. There are just a few to choose from and they are all graphical. You can simply tap on the heart or smiley and that entry will be organized with the rest of the same tag.[...]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.
Now consider the other end of the spectrum. Let’s say you journal every single day without fail. Now you are zoomed in to where you can even see your house and backyard. You know what color your roof is, you can see your neighbors car and you see the road to your work. If you move around a bit you can see your kids school and nearby parks. You can’t see where you are in relation to the nearest city, but you have a ton of detail about your neighborhood and town.
Does this make sense? I am not arguing for one or the other end of the frequency spectrum. Journal often and you will have a ton of detail about your daily life with few generalities and trends. Journal rarely and you broad perspective but little detail of the little things in life. I have experienced both and I think every level of journaling frequency is interesting in its own right.
Perhaps the best method is to find a way to do the best of both worlds. One way this could be accomplished is by keeping a daily journal on your smartphone or tablet and once a month sitting down and writing a full entry about that period in your life which you can add as an entry later or keep as a separate journal. Again, there is no right or wrong way but it would nice to have a way to see all level of detail in your life’s map.
How often do you write in your journal? Or are you consistent in your inconsistency like I sometimes am?[...]Click here to continue reading...
Chronicle – personal journal and secret diary is a solid app from a well established developer, Slide To Rock. Along with Chronicle for both the iPhone and iPad, StR also has put over 20 apps in the app store. With this app developing experience comes a well rounded feature-set and stable performance.
The interface of Chronicle leans more towards classic, similar to Molenotes. Still, customization options are available including a kaleidoscope of colors to choose for your background and several different fonts and sizes. Multiple entries can be made per day and pictures can be added to every entry. The search function is also prominently displayed, performs well and can be customized to search for different lengths of time.[...]Click here to continue reading...