Digital journals have massive benefits, especially if you need help establishing the habit.
In the rest of this post, I’m going to share a list of digital journaling apps that you can use to kickstart a regular habit of reflection & plan
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2. The Five Minute Journal App
The Five Minute Journal app is based on the bestselling physical journal. In the morning you receive specific prompts on your iPhone/iPad or Android such as:
- I am grateful for…
- What will I do to make today great?
Then in the evening, you can answer questions like:
- 3 amazing things happened today
- How could I have made today even better?
3. Day One
Day One is a personal journaling app that is available. across the entire iOS ecosystem (including iPads and a Mac app) and Android. This app is much more free-form than structured apps like Friday. the Five Minute Journal; it’s a bit more like an open-ended digital diary.
There are quite a few useful features you may like on Day One:
- Advanced Encryption/Security
- Various integrations (it will pull in your posts from other systems, available on the Premium plan)
- Location tagging
- Markdown formatting
- Export/backup options
Next up, we have Penzu, one of the earliest digital journaling apps available (founded in 2008!). Penzu is very like Day One, as it’s more of a freeform diary app vs. being a structured journal. It boasts more than 2 million users.
Penzu offers a free plan, and two paid offerings. The free plan offers unlimited entries, access to mobile apps, and basic font options. Yes, the reminders are included in the free plan.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, I used to use Ohlife before it shut down. Dabble.me is the closest alternative I’ve found to the email-based journaling method. As I mentioned before, this app delivers an email at regular intervals. All you need to do is reply via email.
Daybook is another journaling app like Day One or Penzu. The user experience is extremely minimal (see example below). but it bills itself as a free cloud-based journaling app.
7. Journey. cloud
The journey is the new kid on the block and appears to be the most popular regular journaling app in this list. with over 65,000 reviews on the Google Play store and nearly 2,000 reviews on iTunes. Once again, it’s pretty similar to Penzu and Day One, but it looks like Journey is a newer, more up-to-date version of work exploring.
Like other apps, the free plan offers basic journaling capabilities. but you will need to upgrade to access advanced functionality like:
- Unlimited entries
- Create an entry from the email
- Pull in social media posts from Zapier
Ok, here’s an interesting pick. Daylio: a “micro diary and mood tracker.” I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and have found it to be an interesting alternative to traditional journaling apps.
9. 750 Words
This is called 750 Words and it’s based on morning pages from the book, The Artist’s Way. The general theme is that you should write in a stream of consciousness. The process can be therapeutic. 750 words will keep track of your word count, sentiment, and how frequently you write, which can be helpful to know.
If you’re a visual thinker and you need more than a text-only journaling system, take a look at GoodNotes. A stand-out feature to GoodNotes is how flexible it is. You can quickly take notes with shapes, different highlight colors, and even in your handwriting. Customize the flow of the pen.
Create shapes, move them, stretch them.
Even add photos to your day’s events.
It works as a Mac app, on your iPhone, or iPad.
Momento is an app where you can capture everything that you do in your life. It’s a multi-purpose private journal that can benefit you as a personal life journal, a work journal for keeping track of your tasks, and much more. Memento has many different templates that you can choose from, depending on what you want to journal.
12. Grid Diary
Grid Diary is a combination of keeping a diary while also incorporating planner features to help keep you on track when writing about your day. You have many different prompts you can choose from to help guide you through your journaling process. Spend less time worrying about what to write, and spend more time getting into the habit of reflection and insight.
Diaro is a journaling/diary app that allows you to organize your entries in ways that make sense for you. You can organize them by date, add tags to the entries, set a location, and even place them in different folders.