What Happens When You Miss A Month of Journaling?

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 | 0 comments

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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. 

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Why You Should Keep a Gratitude Journal

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 | 3 comments

 

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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.

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Six Tips for Better Journal Entries

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 | 1 comment

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Journaling regularly is a very satisfying act.  It’s the type of pastime with numerous benefits.  Not only does journaling give you a private place to record your thoughts, it gives you the opportunity to revisit different times in your life and reflect upon the growth and progress you have made as a person.

Your journal can enhance the quality of your life, help you pinpoint your dreams and aspirations, and strengthen the relationships you have with your family and friends.  So, how can you improve your journaling practice?  What type of things can you do to enhance the quality of your digital journal entries?  Is there a way to make things look, feel, and read better?  Are there any tools you can use to safeguard your most private thoughts?

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Thoughtree for iPhone (iOS 7)

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 | 0 comments

photo 1 You may have read on EasyJournaling.com, our mid-summer review of Thoughtree (the Beta) but I’m pleased to reevaluate my recommendation now that it has hit the iTunes App Store, all tweaked and tuned for iOS 7 and free for the taking.

Developer, Jude Abeler, offers journalers his “personal thought network” for practical productivity, with a classic user interface in black, white and green. Its charming tree logo reminded me of my children’s’ book collection, which included The Giving Tree. Both are delightfully unfussy.

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10 of Today’s Most Famous Journalers

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 | 0 comments

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Ten of the Most Creative Journal Keepers

When it comes to keeping a journal, these people are pros.  In fact, there’s a lot that can be learned from them about the process.  With modern technology being what it is, it’s easier to share, engage, and even keep journals.  In fact, the digital journal is what we promote heavily here.

Some of the most creative journal keepers of all time include:

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Private Diary for Android – A Complete Journaling Package

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 | 1 comment

pd2 The handheld version of Private Diary along with its online version make quite a complete journaling package that will suit most anyone’s journaling needs. Let’s take a look at both and see how they may fit into your daily journaling life.

The handheld version has most of the necessary features you would expect to find in most top of the line journaling apps. These include a timeline view, calendar view, photo capability from within the app, auto location insertion, tags and categories as well as a host of other features. In addition, the timeline view can be customized as to fonts and color background. It has an attractive user interface as it stands however two components I wish I could change are the orange color used throughout and also the capability to remove the dotted lines that the developer has used to separate the title, entry, date and tags. The free version that I originally tried didn’t have the dotted lines. As a result, I personally think the free version’s timeline UI is much cleaner looking.

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6 Places To Mine Material For Future Journal Entries (Journal Prompts)

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Journaling causes you to push your edges. It has you exploring the confines of your comfort zone. It makes you question things and draw conclusions. It gives insight about the past, identifies areas of improvement, and helps your dreams take flight.

With that being said, if you journal on a regular basis, you’ll find times where you need inspiration for your posts. The creative well may have run dry and you look for things outside yourself to fill it once again. If that is the case, and it certainly will be from time to time, there are a number of different sources that can help you write freely once again.

Here are six places where you can mine material for future journal entries:

  1. The news. What’s going on in the world around you and how does it shape your perception of yourself? What concerns or excites you the most? How do you predict today’s events will shape the future?
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  2. Other people’s blogs. Do you read other people’s blogs regularly? What type of ideas do they bring to the table? Do you agree with what they have to say or do you have a different viewpoint on a matter? Take a complex matter and argue for it and against it. It doesn’t make a difference what your opinion is. Doing an exercise like this helps you see both sides to every story written.
  3. Photographs. Flip through a magazine or glance through a photo gallery online. Select a picture and tell a story about it. What was happening behind the camera when the photo was shot? Who was standing in the background but away from the lens? What did the moment feel like for the subject? Where did it take place? Chances are you’ll get very few of the details correct, but you’ll have a great time picturing the events unfolding right before your eyes as if you were the one taking the photographs.
  4. Past events/old journals. What did you learn from your experiences? How can you prevent making the same mistakes in the future? What moments defined you as a person? Which things do you seek understanding of now? The past offers answers for the future.
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    Photo Credit – Wikipedia

  5. Your Facebook feed. What types of posts do you consider thought-provoking? Are there certain types of status updates or photos you respond to most? Did a Facebook friend bring up a valid point in one of his or her posts? How would you respond to what they’ve said? Record it in your journal.
  6. Your children, parents, and grandparents. Our family holds the key to our past, present, and future. Tap into their wealth of knowledge and insight to help create topics for future posts. Although situations may remain fresh in our memory banks today, there will be a time when details blur and conversations are forgotten. Don’t let all the wisdom go away before you document it.

You can draw journaling inspiration from your daily life. Remember that in order to keep subject matter fresh and interesting, you need to think outside the box from time to time and mine material wherever you can find it. This will keep you from becoming bored with journaling and provide you with an influx of subject matter you may have never written about before.

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How To Make Family Video Slideshows (Podcast)

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 | 4 comments

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Making video slideshows of pictures may not be as popular as it was 5-10 years ago but it is still a powerful way to capture stories and history in a creative and fun way. With the smartphones, tablets and cameras we all carry around now it is even easier to get a good group of pictures with which to make a great video from. Additionally, the apps available on these devices as well as computers and laptops make it possible for almost anyone with any level of expertise to make video slideshows.

For 6 years I made video slideshows for my extended family each year before Christmas. It was a ton of fun to do and especially to enjoy together when it was all done. And now that the videos have had time to age they are even more precious to all of us.

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My Capturing Life Report- June 2013

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 | 0 comments

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Photo Credit – Nevil Zaveri

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.

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Guest Post- Journaling, Technology and Morning Pages

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 | 0 comments

cover-ebook Greetings from CreateWriteNow, and many thanks to Sam, for hosting us here today!

EasyJournaling focuses on the many different media with which to journal, and it provides a unique and much-needed service in doing so. Thanks again, Sam!

I’m also going to talk about available media technology, but it’s nothing so new and untried as the techniques discussed in this blog. I refer to the lowly technology of pen and paper.

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The 10 Best Easy Journaling Posts (So Far)

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Easy Journaling The problem with a blog as opposed to, say, a book, is that blogs are living and evolving while books are (generally) static and considered a finished work. Books are organized so that you can start from the beginning and get the information presented on a sturdy foundation. For example, if you are reading a book on volleyball you will probably learn about the history of the game and the fundamentals of how to play before you get to expert techniques.

Blogging is as big as it is for a reason, but that still doesn’t mean there aren’t any challenges with this content medium. I am constantly battling the fact that new readers come to this website every day and probably aren’t looking for the tips on being a level 5 journaler when they are just looking for a journal app for their iPhone. This is why I have the ‘top posts’ feature on the sidebar of every page.

This post is my attempt to alleviate some more of this potential confusion. This can hopefully be a place where you can come to get started so that you get the fundamentals first before moving on to the more advanced stuff.

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CLTT Episode #8- The Top 5 Android Journals

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 | 0 comments

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About 8 months ago I switched from team iPhone to team Android. While both operating systems are fantastic in their own right, I feel that Android has passed Apple in many aspects that are important to me and that is why I use a Galaxy S3 in my daily life.

This episode of the Capturing Life Through Technology covers the 5 best journal applications for Android. If you have been reading Easy Journaling for a while you won’t be surprised by number one, which is the journal I have been using for about 5 months (it is fantastic). Listen to the end to see what app it is!

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Should I Worry About Spelling And Grammar In My Journal?

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 | 3 comments

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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.

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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.

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What I (Will) Miss Most About Penzu

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 | 5 comments

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Photo Credit – Rahul Rodriguez

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My relationship with Penzu has been well documented. It started as a nice online journal that I hoped to use someday to something that I used daily for more than a year. It went from something that I was infatuated with to something that I was ultimately frustrated with. To read more about Penzu, click here.

It has been nearly six months since I started using Diaro 3 for Android (and PC) as my daily journal and I still love it. The mobile application is one of the best I have seen and the online version is similarly consistent, attractive and functional. I hope to use it for a while longer before I move onto something else. Remember, when you are in control of your data, journal applications are only interchangeable tools.

But while I love Diaro, there is something I miss terribly from Penzu. More accurately, there is something I am going to miss terribly from Penzu.

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Are You A Level 5 Journaler? Find Out Now!

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 | 0 comments

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In an effort to better measure and track the progress of myself and other digital journalers, I recently developed a method called ‘The 5 Levels of Digital Journaling‘ (you can see a summary here or get the full version here). This was my attempt to quantify all of the things that make great journalers great and reveal the signs and symptoms of those who have a long ways to go.

Along with the 5 levels I developed, I also created a quiz that you could take so that you instantly knew where you landed on the spectrum. As nice as this analog quiz is, it is asking a lot of you to print it out and manually answer each question.

In an effort to continually make Easy Journaling as useful to you as possible, I am excited to announce that the 5 levels quiz is now fully interactive! By clicking on the link below you can simply click on each answer and have your score immediately presented to you when you are finished.

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