On my previous post ‘The Benefits Of Journaling’, I wrote that I’ve been using Evernote as my tool of choice to keep my daily journal. On this post, I’ll write why I choose Evernote and how I do it.
Why I Journal With Evernote
1) It’s free. There’s also a premium option for the super-heavy users and if you require a digital lock.
2) It is available across multiple platforms. I use Evernote on my Windows PC, iOS iPad and Android smartphone. I don’t use Journal-specific apps because I haven’t found a good one that’s complete in all the platforms I use.
3) I will never lose my journals as I sync them to the cloud. It cannot rot like paper does.
4) Since it’s digital, I can easily copy and paste notes from Evernote to my blog posts. That’s very convenient
5) I’ve been capturing notes using Evernote for years. So it’s natural to extend its usage to keep my journal.
How I Journal With Evernote
Now, there are various ways you can go about doing it, I prefer to keep it simple and straightforward. Here are my steps:
1) Create a notebook called ‘Journal’, or whatever you like.
2) Create a new entry using the date. For example, last night my entry was J2013/01/30 (J – Journal). I know that Evernote automatically add the note’s metadate to the note, but if you modify anything in the note later on, the latest metadate would change too.
3) Create tags in the note. This allows for easier searching later on. You can tag notes according to the different areas of your life ie. ‘Work’, ‘Family’, ‘Creative Ideas’, ‘Money’, ‘Spirituality’, ‘Dreams’ (yes, I do record my night dreams too, if I can remember them) etc. Of couse you can use multiple tags in a single note.
4) In addition to text, you can add photos and audio clips in your notes to make them less monotonous.
That’s it! It’s quite simple really. Let me know what you think. If you’ve been using Evernote for journaling, I’m curious how you do yours.