One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in life is keep a journal. When you’re busy it can be hard to find the time and you really won’t appreciate the effort until years later. In some jobs taking lots of notes is not optional.
Cops routinely take copious notes because they never know when the smallest piece of information could help solve some future case. I take reams of notes in my business as that’s easier than trying to find time to go back through recorded interviews. In creative jobs those stray thoughts and small observations you get throughout the day can become the basis for your next book, a line in a script or notes on a great film location.
I find myself consulting my journals more and more frequently. Over the years faces blend together and names fade from memory and yet just a few notes can bring back details that you thought were forgotten.
Luckily today there are much better options for keeping a journal and now you can attach documents, photos, voice notes and videos to some. Your life in text and multi-media. I still prefer old fashioned text notes, but to each their own in the new world of tech. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
For those using iOS check out Day One at the iTunes store. Part journal, part organizer Day One lets you keep photos and notes about daily activities, log on the weather that day and even pick highlight emails to save. Keep your journal synced across multiple devices with iCloud or Dropbox, share entries if you wish or export them via PDF.
Currently only available for iOS the Android version is under development and should be available soon. Step is easy to use, intuitive and allows you to easily combine location data, photos and media in a way that is both insightful and private. This is the app for busy people who want a record of the day without the necessity of typing it all out.
Memories uses custom tags to organize entries and automatically pulls in location, weather and data on the phase of the moon for each entry. With nearly unlimited options for sharing on social media, Memories is worth a look for your personal journal app.
Private Diary is not only an easy way to capture and organize life events and intuition, it lets you back them all up your SD card. Set a password if you wish and you won’t need to worry about anyone else browsing your private notes.
The pro version is worth the $1.99 price tag just for all the export options and compatibility with Google Drive and the ability to schedule backups. Besides just a journal app, Journal-Orange Diary is also part to-do list and expense manager. Besides text entries you can add almost any kind of multi-media file including voice recordings.
These days anytime you have a few minutes you can make private notes about your day, the people you know and just your general mood. Like I said up above, you may not appreciate having that information until years later but someday you’ll wish you had those notes.