Some of the most influential people in history kept detailed journals of their lives. Those journals served two purposes: a permanent record for posterity, and cathartic release for the people writing them. Even if you don't think you need either, keeping a journal has benefits you can enjoy immediately. Here's why you might want to sit down regularly to jot down your thoughts.
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Jack London said every writer should keep a notebook. "Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it," London said. "Lead pencil markings endure longer than memory." It's sage advice, but then again, Jack London didn't have Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or OneNote. This week, we test the classic battle of man versus machine to see which is better for journaling.
iOS: There is no shortage of apps for writing down your thoughts, but many writing and note-taking apps suffer from feature bloat that impedes the actual writing. Just Open & Type forgoes the unnecessary stuff and lives up to its name.
Journaling might seem silly on the surface, but a journal is extremely useful as both a permanent record of your thoughts and as a cathartic release. Regardless of how you plan to use a journal, our favourite on the iPhone is Day One.
iOS: When it comes to journaling apps on iPhone, it's hard to beat Day One. Not everyone needs the complexity offered from Day One though, and if something a little simpler is more your thing, Ipsum is well worth a look.
iOS/Mac: Day One has long been the go-to journaling app for Apple devices. It's feature rich, well designed and consistently updated. Today, a new version launches for both iOS and Mac with a few added features and a new price tag.
Moleskine's notebooks are some of our favourites, and today the company is taking the wraps off "Moleskine Pro", a reboot of the original with some added features designed for productivity. The new notebooks feature detachable to-do lists, adhesive tabs for organisation, numbered pages and a table of contents.
iPhone: We know that journalling is a great way to increase your self-awareness, but it's tough to do sometimes. Moodnotes is a new app that makes it easy to track your mood, drop in some journal notes, and help you develop a little more perspective on yourself.
Journalling boosts creativity and helps you reflect, but it can be time-consuming to write a page or two every single day. If you don't feel like you have time to journal regularly, start a "single-sentence journal".
Android: We know that keeping a journal has benefits to your health and creativity. Better Diary, unlike most apps, is geared towards self-reflective journalling.