Getting to the end of summer, I’ve been scrambling trying to figure the best way to commemorate all my great memories from the past few months. An increase in pictures and videos taken on my phone recently caused me to get a warning that I was almost out of memory… on a 32GB iPhone. That’s a lot of media (about 2,500 files, to be exact). The point is I like capturing memories and emotions, which I often do through photography. However, I also keep a journal that I write in about once a week. Writing is sometimes the best way to get out your emotions, to capture what you feel onto a page. Every time I read what I have written, I remember exactly how I felt, and often where/when I wrote it. However, in the light of the digital era, and being a millennial, I decided to give e-journaling a go. I downloaded a few apps to my phone/computer to see if I could get any to stick. So far, only one has really stuck around long enough, but maybe one or some of these other suggestions will get you hooked!
Nathalia’s list of e-journaling apps and services:
- OneNote: Microsoft’s OneNote, part of the Office Suite, has been a longtime friend of mine for taking notes in school. It’s supposed to be like an electronic notebook, with tabs and sections for various topics. You can insert photos, make lists, and even draw in the virtual notebooks if you have a tablet pen. If you have a lot to write, and want to use your computer (although they do have a mobile version), then OneNote may be a great choice for your journaling needs. My only issue with it for a hardcore journaling app is that it’s almost too much functionality and power for capturing my light thoughts on most days.
- Momento: Momento is an iPhone app ($1.99) that pulls in content from your social media sites each day, allowing you to capture a snapshot of what your day was like based on news articles, friends’ tweets, or momentous Facebook occasions. You can also add your own snippets to recount your day as you personally experienced it. Great for those who want to have a lot of content in their journals without doing most of the writing themselves.
- Day One: An iPhone/Mac app ($1.99/$9.99) that brings beauty and simplicity to daily journaling. Day One records your location and weather each day, but has the most beautiful interface to make writing relaxing. Day One also supports keywords/tagging, which lets you search for posts easily. Calendar views and the ability to import photos are two strong features the app also has. If you want to sync your journal across multiple devices (including Apple Watch!), this may be the suite to go with.
- Grid: My favorite app that I’ve tried. Grid is an iPhone app that has a grid of questions for you to answer each day. It’s a great way to get in the habit of reflecting on certain questions each day to sort of build your own journal. Sample questions include: What did I get done today? What are three good things about today? What did I learn today? Did I spend enough time with my family? And so forth. There are a variety of prompts in different categories, or you can write your own. Each day can be seen in a timeline as well as swiped through left to right. There is also a pro version available without ads.
So those are my tried and tested e-journaling apps. I’ve stuck with Grid for a while because I love the prompts that I can quickly answer and reflect on before going to bed. If I don’t have anything major to write out in my hardcopy journal, Grid is a great way for me to keep track of my days, with moments big and small. Do you have any favorite e-journaling apps? Share in the comments below!